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.

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet Dinner

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Unstuffed Pepper


  • 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 cup water
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 1/2 cup fully cooked rice


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