With all the flavor you love about stuffed peppers, this warming vegan stuffed pepper soup is the perfect way to enjoy them.
Stuffed peppers date all the way back to 1890! Ground beef, onions, rice, and tomatoes, are typically stuffed into a green bell pepper in the American version. However, there are tons of other countries that have their own uniquely delicious version of stuffed peppers!
Do you enjoy stuffed peppers but find it's kind of a hassle to make when you just want to be lazy? Me too. This vegan stuffed pepper soup is stuffed peppers without most of the work.
Bell peppers: I mean, what's stuffed pepper soup without bell peppers? If you can only get one color, which is often the case for me, that is totally fine.
TVP: The ground beef replacement. You can also use a pre-made ground from your store's frozen section, Gardein, Boca and of course Impossible or Beyond will make some pretty great ground beefx alternatives.
Rice: Traditional stuffed peppers contain a rice mixture so we definitely can't leave that out! You could also use brown rice, lentils, or barley.
ACV & Soy Sauce: For some tangy flavors as well as salt content.
Seasonings: I used chili powder, cumin, celery salt, paprika, mushroom powder, vegan bouillon powder, sugar, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar.
Optional ingredients: nutritional yeast, jalapenos.
🍳How To Make The Soup
Step 1: Sweat the peppers in some oil on medium heat.
Step 2: Throw in your TVP and seasonings and mix well over the same heat.
Step 3: Add in the tomato juice and water to thin everything out. Allow to cook on low heat for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Then, add cooked rice and mix well.
💡What Else Can You Add?
- Sugar is, once again, a recommendation. We actually recommend sugar in most tomato based soups or stews here in Struggle Kitchen. Just like this delicious vegan chili recipe.
- Jalapenos would give this stuffed pepper soup a delicious added flavor, crunch and spice. Especially if using jarred, pickled jalapenos, and then you can skip adding vinegar as well!
- If using TVP, I find it is best to soak for a few minutes ahead of time. But not necessary, and may depend on brand. Sometimes my batch of TVP might have bits that just don't soften well in the duration of making the soup.
❓Frequently Asked Questions
It can be! Bell peppers are loaded with nutrients, plus nutrients from whichever protein you use. Be careful of salt and sugar content and you should be on the relatively healthy side. Always consult your doctor for proper confirmation.
You can use Jasmine, Basmati, or brown rice in your stuffed pepper soup.
Vegan Stuffed Pepper Soup
- 2 Tablespoon oil
- 1 cup diced bell peppers any color
- 1 cup TVP
- 1.5 cups water save ½ for rehydrating TVP
- 1 Tablespoon mushroom powder
- 2 Tablespoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 Tablespoon soy sauce tamari for GF
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 Tablespoon veggie bouillon powder
- ½ cup cooked white rice
- In a medium size bowl, add TVP and ½ cup water and allow to hydrate for at least 10 minutes. While hydrating, dice your bell peppers.
- In a medium saucepan add oil and peppers and cook down until softened on medium heat.
- Next, add in the TVP and mix well, then add in all dry seasonings and mix again.
- Add in tomato juice and remaining water, mix well, put heat on low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Finally, add in your cooked rice and stir.
- Serve with a topping of sour cream and shredded cheese!
- You can make your own mushroom powder by grinding up dried mushrooms. I get mine from the local Asian market.
- Taste the soup before you put the soy sauce in, it may already be salty enough, but if it needs more, add it.
- There are many ways you can add and take away in this recipe. You can add onions and jalapenos for even more flavor, I like to also add in a tablespoon of nutritional yeast. You are welcome to add in garlic and onion powder as well, I kept them out for my own reasons.
- Water may vary. I like a thicker soup, you may like your soup a little thinner. If that is the case, add more water as needed.