Easy Unstuffed Pepper Skillet Recipe

The Unstuffed Pepper Skillet reinvents the well-loved stuffed pepper dish by combining all its components in a single pan for convenience and flavor. This delicious meal showcases a vibrant array of bell peppers, ground protein, onions, and garlic, mingling with rice in a luscious tomato-infused sauce. It’s eye-catching presentation and harmonious fusion of savory, zesty, and subtle sweetness make it an ideal choice for time-pressed evenings or relaxed gatherings around the table. Unstuffed Pepper Skillet offers the traditional taste without the hassle, delivering a nourishing and satisfying dining experience.

Recipe for Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, turkey, or chicken)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 cup uncooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes (including juice)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheese (optional, for garnish)


  1. In a sizeable skillet, brown the ground meat over medium heat, crumbling it into smaller bits as it cooks. If necessary, drain excess grease.
  2. Incorporate the chopped onion and garlic into the skillet, sautéing for 3-4 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  3. Mix in the cubed bell peppers and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they start to become tender.
  4. Add the rice, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, chicken or vegetable stock, Worcestershire sauce, mixed Italian herbs, salt, and ground black pepper. Combine well.
  5. Allow the mixture to reach a boil before lowering the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover the skillet and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  6. Optionally, top the cooked mixture with grated cheese and cover for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt.
  7. Serve hot and savor the deliciousness!

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 450
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 30g

Please note that nutrition facts can vary based on the specific ingredients used. The provided data serves as a general guideline.