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Overhead view of Unstuffed Pepper Skillet in a bowl topped with Fritos, cilantro and sour cream.

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

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  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American


This Unstuffed Pepper Skillet recipe checks all the boxes – tasty, filling, easy, and made all in one skillet! Your family will LOVE it!


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/3 ground beef (I used 85/15%)
  • kosher salt for seasoning, to taste 
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked Minute rice
  • 3 peppers sliced into strips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • Toppings: sour cream, crushed Fritos, fresh cilantro


  1. In a 12 inch cast iron skillet (or another heavy bottomed oven safe skillet), heat oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.  Cook until soft and translucent. Add ground beef, season with an additional 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and break into small pieces as it browns.
  3. When the beef is cooked through, stir in minced garlic, oregano leaves, dried thyme leaves, dried basil leaves, and dried onion powder and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour crushed tomatoes into the skillet, along with the Worcestershire, brown sugar and water stir to combine.  Add another good pinch of kosher salt.  Bring to a boil, and then add the uncooked rice.  
  5. Place the pepper strips over the top of the ground beef and rice mixture and allow to boil uncovered for 3-4 minutes. Cover the top of the peppers with the shredded cheese and place the skillet into the oven with broiler on for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the peppers are just tender.  
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving with desired toppings. 


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 309
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Sodium: 628mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 43mg