Unstuffed Pepper Skillet Dinner

As much as I love making food that looks amazing and wows people with its presentation, sometimes I prefer an easier method. Some might call it laziness. Some might call it genius. But whatever you call it, it certainly works for me! (And by the way, I prefer the latter.)

Last week I shared my recipe for deconstructed broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breasts and this week’s forget-about-the-pretty-presentation meal is unstuffed pepper skillet dinner.  Not only is this dish less labor intensive than stuffed peppers, it is also more frugal since you can use few peppers to feed the same number of people. p3204249

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet Dinner

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2-3 large green peppers, cut into chunks
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 2 1/2 c. fully cooked rice

1. Brown ground beef and onions in a large skillet. Drain. Add carrots and green peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes. You want the peppers to stay somewhat crunchy.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning and cumin. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

3. Stir in cooked rice until heated through. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Serve and enjoy. (Or refrigerate and reheat in oven or microwave just before serving.)

Leftovers of this work great as a burrito filling. Add some chili powder, more cumin and cayenne pepper, roll up in a tortilla and you’re all set.

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13 thoughts on “Unstuffed Pepper Skillet Dinner

  1. Looks yummy!!! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    btw, love the new blog layout. 🙂 My blog makeover will be happening shortly too. be sure to take a peek.

  2. I’m really liking these deconstructed recipes! I love stuffed peppers but since I usually slice and freeze my peppers it’s a bit tricky to pull off *L* I’m going to try this next time I get a stuffed pepper craving!

  3. I bought the peppers at the grocery tonight and I’ll be making it some time this week. Looks so easy and yummy!

  4. This was so great, Kate! Thanks for sharing it. It’s been added to our family favorite list!! Can’t wait to try leftovers with black beans in tortillas.

  5. Delicious! Easy to prepare with all the taste of the stuffed peppers. Even my anti pepper daughter liked it. I couldn’t get any green peppers so I used red, yellow and orange. This is a great recipe.

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