Easy one pot unstuffed bell peppers recipe
This is an easy “un-stuffed” green bell peppers recipe that you can cook in one pot if desired.
While I have always liked stuffed bell peppers, and the healthy ingredients, I always felt like the pepper was something to contain the food, not to be eaten. I know it doesn’t make sense, but there was just this big piece of somewhat soggy pepper left to deal with once the rest was eaten.
Then I tried out un-stuffed cabbage rolls and realized I could apply the same to most any stuffed food. By un-stuffing” the peppers and dicing them instead, they remain nice and crisp. It’s also easier to make since it is all cooked on the stovetop!
1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 teaspoons ground cumin
- 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 3 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 diced green peppers
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 small diced tomatoes
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
- Olive oil as needed
- Coat a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add ground beef to skillet, season with a dash of salt and pepper and brown it.
- Meanwhile cook the brown rice according to package instructions.
- When ground beef is browned, add 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp paprika and ½ tsp oregano; stirring to combine.
- Remove ground beef and set aside on a plate.
- Add more olive oil to the skillet and add the pepper and onion to cook for about 3-5 mins and until soft, add garlic, tomatoes and the remainder of seasonings; continue to stir and cook for about 2 mins and until all veggies have softened.
- Return the ground beef to the pot along with cooked brown rice
- Squeeze lime juice over the mixture and stir everything together. Taste and season with additional salt or other seasonings to taste.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy!
Many stuffed pepper recipes call for tomato sauce as an ingredient. If you want a tomato taste and a wetter or saucier dish, adding a can of tomato sauce works great with this recipe.