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Vegan Cheese and Pepper Quesadillas

Vegan Cheese and Pepper Quesadillas are a type of quesadilla that use vegan cheese and peppers as the main ingredients. The type of peppers used can vary, but some recipes call for poblano peppers or roasted red peppers. The vegan cheese used in the quesadillas can also vary, with some recipes using store-bought shredded vegan cheese like Daiya, while others use homemade cashew cheese. The quesadillas are typically made by spreading the cheese onto a tortilla, adding the peppers, and cooking the quesadilla in a skillet until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melted. Some recipes also include other fillings like black beans, onions, and corn.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Ideal for vegans, lactose-intolerant folks, and cheese aficionados seeking a plant-based twist.
  • Estimated Duration: About 25 minutes, prep to finish.
  • Nutrition Facts: A healthier alternative to cheese-filled quesadillas, high in vitamin C from the peppers.

About This Recipe

This recipe captures the magic of cheesy quesadillas using plant-based cheese, partnered with the vibrant colors and flavors of bell peppers. Simple, yet utterly satisfying.

Equipment Required

  • Large non-stick skillet or griddle
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • 4 tortillas (whole-wheat or corn)
  • 1.5 cups vegan cheese shreds (your choice of flavor)
  • 2 bell peppers (one red, one yellow), thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Slice Veggies: Thinly slice bell peppers and onion.
  2. Heat Oil: In a skillet, warm olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Sauté Veggies: Cook bell peppers and onion in the skillet until tender. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Assemble: Lay out tortillas and evenly distribute vegan cheese and sautéed veggies on one half.
  5. Fold and Cook: Fold tortillas in half and cook until both sides are golden brown and the vegan cheese has melted.
  6. Garnish and Slice: Optionally, sprinkle fresh parsley or cilantro. Cut into wedges.

Side Dishes

  • Vegan sour cream
  • Chunky salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Black bean salad

Storage Options

  • Fridge: In an airtight container, up to 2 days.
  • Freezer: Not recommended due to texture changes.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Vegan Cheese: Nutritional yeast for a different cheesy flavor.
  • Bell Peppers: Zucchini or mushrooms.
  • Olive Oil: Coconut oil or avocado oil.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Vegan Cheese and Pepper Tacos: Use taco shells instead of tortillas.
  • Vegan Cheese and Pepper Pizza: Spread ingredients on a pizza crust and bake.
  • Vegan Cheese and Pepper Nachos: Scatter ingredients over tortilla chips and bake until cheese melts.

If you are interested in reading more about Vegan Quesadilla Ideas, please take a look at these related articles: Spicy Tofu and Broccoli Quesadillas or Chickpea and Zucchini Quesadillas.


Who says you need dairy to enjoy a cheesy quesadilla? These Vegan Cheese and Pepper Quesadillas deliver all the deliciousness you crave, with none of the guilt. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, they’re a hit with both vegans and non-vegans alike. Happy cooking!