Unstuffed Pepper Skillet


This unstuffed pepper skillet is much easier to make than actual stuffed peppers but packs just as much flavor. A super satisfying and delicious dish.

Overhead view of unstuffed pepper skillet.
Cook Time:
20 mins
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 ounces mini sweet peppers, sliced crosswise (about 10 peppers, mixed colors)

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 pound lean ground sirloin (90/10)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons hot cherry pepper hoagie spread (such as Cento)

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 (8.8 ounce) package microwavable white rice (such as Uncle Ben’s), crumbled

  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add beef and cook, stirring to crumble, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Season with garlic and Italian seasoning and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce, water, hoagie spread, and salt.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in rice until coated evenly with sauce. Cover, reduce heat to medium to maintain a simmer, and cook until rice and vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes, stirring once halfway through to prevent sticking.

  3. Uncover, remove from heat, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Re-cover and let sit until cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot sprinkled with basil or parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
13g Fat
64g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1046mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 32g
Potassium 541mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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