Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet is an easy weeknight meal!

Do you love the flavor of stuffed peppers but either don’t feel like actually stuffing the peppers, or do you have picky eaters in your house? If so, this Unstuffed Pepper Skillet recipe is an easy twist on the classic stuffed peppers we all know. This is a simple and quick recipe to throw together when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table. It makes the perfect dinner for my family during the busy work week. Another great thing about it is that you can finely chop up other vegetables to add more nutrients to the meal for your kiddos!

To make this delicious and easy recipe, start by browning 1 pound of ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Next, season the meat with: ¼ teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and paprika, 1 ½ teaspoons of steak seasoning. Add in one diced onion and 3 diced bell peppers. Green peppers or multicolored peppers all work great for this recipe, use any that you prefer! Continue to cook everything until the meat is cooked through and browned and until the onions and bell peppers have softened. Drain any excess grease from the skillet and discard.

Next, you will add a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and 1 ½ cups of beef broth to your skillet. Then add 1 cup of long grain white rice (uncooked). Stir this all together well and bring to a quick boil. Then lower your heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. This will cook for about 20 minutes until the rice is cooked. Once it has cooked for 20 minutes, mix in 1 cup of cheddar cheese and then top the dish with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Keep the skillet on the hot stovetop to melt the cheese. If you are cooking in an oven-safe skillet, you could also place the skillet in the oven under the broiler to melt the cheese.

Once the cheese is all melty and gooey, this dish is ready to serve up! This recipe is great as-is but I love to top it with some sour cream and hot sauce too to elevate the flavors even more and to give it a kick of heat! My kids love this meal and I feel good knowing they are getting some veggies hidden in, that they otherwise wouldn’t want to eat! This is a classic recipe that you will want to save to make time and time again for your family!

Helpful Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Make this recipe in an oven-safe skillet to make melting the cheese quicker.

  • Freshly shredded cheddar cheese is the best to use, but pre shredded cheese would work too.

  • Use uncooked long grain white rice for this recipe.

  • Feel free to add in any other veggies to the dish.

  • Any bell peppers will work for this recipe. I tend to love the colorful ones.

Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

This Unstuffed Pepper Skillet is perfect for any night of the week! It has all the flavors of stuffed peppers, but is made conveniently as a skillet meal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Unstuffed Pepper Skillet, Skillet meal, Stuffed Peppers
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 Stove


  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1/4 tsp each of salt, pepper, and paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp of steak seasoning
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 bell peppers diced
  • 2 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP of minced garlic
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of long grain white rice uncooked
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese


  • Brown ground beef in a skillet, add all seasonings, onion and diced bell peppers.
  • Let that cook until beef is cooked through and peppers/onions have softened.
  • Drain any grease from the skillet.
  • Add diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, beef broth, and uncooked rice.
  • Stir well, bring to a quick boil, lower heat to about medium low and cover with a lid.
  • Let that cook for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked to your liking.
  • Mix in one cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Top with the rest of the cheese.
  • Let sit until cheese melts or pop under the broiler in the oven until the cheese melts.
  • Serve! My family topped this with sour cream and hot sauce.


I like to make this as a skillet meal and it cooks in about 30 minutes total. You can also brown the ground beef and add all ingredients to the skillet, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. 
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  1. 5 stars
    So delicious! I made it as written and it was a huge hit in my house. My husband requested we add this to the dinner rotation. I feel like this would be easy to prep the night before – the dicing and slicing was the most time consuming but still not that bad.

    I have so many of Luke’s recipes on rotation already and they are all a hit (and the leftovers are also delish).

    1. I love this recipe. It’s good with chicken too! When I used chicken, I left out the steak seasoning and beef broth. I used 1 cup of chicken broth instead and added an 8oz can of tomato sauce. I also added sour cream to mine before I put the cheese on top. Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Easy to prepare. I used Minute rice and the result was a bit watery so I will be adjusting the amount of rice for the next one.

  3. 5 stars
    This is in my monthly meal rotations…I substitute ground beef for Italian sausage because it just seems like it gives it more flavor to me. Love this meal!!

      1. 5 stars
        This was soo good! I’ve made several of Luke’s recipes and they are always a hit! Even my picky teen likes them! I followed the recipe to a tee and it was delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe. I subbed the beef broth for veggie broth and the ground beef for veggie ground and it turned out wonderfully. My non-vegetarian husband loved it, too! We will definitely be adding this one to our weekly rotation!

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! It has all the flavor of stuffed peppers but with much less time and effort. My family and I have enjoyed several, of your recipe’s. It is refreshing to find someone who cooks with normal ingredients and kitchen staples. Please keep the great food coming!

  6. 5 stars
    I don’t eat red meat, so used ground turkey sausage, veggie broth, vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Also used brown rice. Not sure if it was because of the brown rice, but the rice took a lot longer to cook. So delicious though!! Will make again.

  7. 5 stars
    Made it for the second time today. I used frozen peppers and onions from Walmart. Cheating I know but I take every short cut I can get. First time I couldn’t get the rice cooked as well as I would have liked. This time I cooked the rice separate with beef bullion. Great recipe. As someone said above, I love that you use regular ingredients that you most likely already have. I have cooked a number of your recipes now and have loved them all, just the first time making a comment.

  8. 5 stars
    Can you freeze this meal and reheat it later in the oven? I’m making it for a friend.
    This recipe is a family favorite!

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