Monday, October 15, 2012

Stuffed Pepper Skillet

I loved stuffed peppers as I was growing up. Mostly, I liked the filling, but as I got older, I came to love the peppers just as much. My first attempt to make them came before I was married; when my future husband took the first bite and I heard a crunch, I knew something had gone terribly wrong.  To date, that was the worst meal I have ever made and I still give him credit for attempting to eat it.  Needless to say, I have been a bit gun-shy about making stuffed peppers since, though.  I have had great success with Kelly's Southwestern Stuffed Peppers, but when I saw this one-skillet recipe, I knew I had to try it.  As I hoped, it is delicious and easy, and has quickly become a family favorite.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 large green pepper (or two!) chopped or cut into slices
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups instant rice (uncooked)
  1. Brown meat in a large skillet until no longer pink; drain.  Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add peppers and onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.  
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, and water; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer (uncovered) until veggies are done to desired tenderness, stirring occasionally.  
  5. Stir in rice.  Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in beef.  Return to heat for a couple of minutes until heated through.

Difficulty: Easy
Time: about 25 minutes
Source: adapted from


  1. I thought I invented that! I have always called it 'Unstuffed Peppers"


  2. That is a great name for it, Kathy! Do you do anything different from this recipe?

  3. Just a little bit. It's just basically an actual unstuffed pepper recipe...It all started when my son, now 25, was young and didn't like stuffed peppers, but I was missing them, I decided to make this recipe and he loved it and still does to this day. It is not only good it is also an inexpensive recipe, whether you make it like the above recipe or like mine.

    I use all the same ingredients but the herbs. I brown 1 lb. of
    ground hamburger WITH diced green bell pepper and diced onion with added garlic, (fresh or powder) with added salt and pepper.

    Add the needed water that the instant rice box says for 1 cup of rice add 1, 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and bring that to a boil, turn off, add the rice and stir. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top, put a lid on it and let it stand for 3 minutes or more. Stir to distribute cheese evenly.

    Corn as a side dish is great with this. (cob, canned or frozen)

    Kathy Culp
    Bakersfield, CA

  4. Thanks for the feedback...Sounds great! Don't know why I didn't think to put cheese on it!! :)

  5. so.glad u said.corn as a side because I did not know what to make with this

  6. I use condensed tomato soup instead of tomato sauce.