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Stuffed Pepper Skillet

Easiest ever Stuffed Pepper Skillet one pot meal. All the flavors of classic stuffed peppers made super quick and easy in just 20 minutes in a skillet on your stovetop!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword 30 minute, ground beef, one pot meal, stuffed pepper casserole, stuffed pepper recipe, unique ground beef recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Author Tiffany


  • 1 pound lean ground beef see note
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 bell pepper, diced any color
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and stem removed, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 cups prepared Spanish style rice 2 packets of Spanish style minute-rice works great
  • 1 cup shredded fiesta blend cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • cilantro and green onions for garnish optional


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, ground beef, diced bell peppers, and chopped jalapeno.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring and using a spatula or spoon to break up the ground beef, until meat is completely browned and peppers are becoming tender.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, salt, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and beef broth.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5-10 minutes til reduced and thickened.
  • Stir in rice. Top with shredded cheese. Cover for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with cilantro and green onions if desired and serve.


In place of the ground beef, I often use ground Italian sausage.  It might seem a little strange to use "Italian" sausage in place of ground beef in a tex-mex flavored recipe, but trust me, it works!