This recipe features a number of healthy ingredients that will be a perfect side addition to any Mexican style meal, or you can keep them all to yourself for a filling and plant-based protein packed entrée. It’s an easy recipe, but you’ll impress your friends with the awesome taste and professional looking presentation.

To keep all my fellow vegetarians happy and guilt-free, make sure you are buying vegetarian refried beans because they are normally made with animal lard unless otherwise specified.

Refried Bean Bell Pepper Poppers

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:10-15 minutes
  • Total Time:25 minutes
  • Servings:2-4
  • Medium


  • 1 avocado
  • 4 small bell peppers
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  • Step 2

    Rinse and cut the bell peppers by carefully cutting a circle around the stem and pulling out the insides and the seeds. Once the stems and seeds are removed, cut each bell pepper into thirds.

  • Step 3

    In a medium sized bowl, mix together the refried beans, corn, minced garlic cloves, onions, crushed red pepper, and cilantro.

    #SpoonTip: Save some cilantro for the end if you want to garnish the peppers and make them even more photogenic.

  • Step 4

    Scoop a spoonful of the refried bean mixture into each bell pepper arranged on a greased baking sheet.

  • Step 5

    Garnish with a generous sprinkle of shredded cheese.

  • Step 6

    Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the peppers are soft and the cheese is melted.

  • Step 7

    In a separate small bowl, score and empty the avocado and add the lemon juice and salt to your taste.

  • Step 8

    When the peppers are ready, remove from the oven and add the avocado mixture to each pepper and garnish with any remaining cilantro.

  • Step 9