Stuffed Pepper Skillet

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

This easy Stuffed Pepper Skillet has all of the delicious flavors of traditional stuffed peppers, with hardly any work. Ground beef, onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, rice and cheese, a one-pot simple meal that can be served right out of the skillet, in less than 30 minutes!



Stuffed Pepper Skillet

It’s no secret how much I love stuffed peppers.  Like — I may need an intervention or something.  It seems I can always figure out a new way to add them to our menu, whether it’s traditional stuffed peppers, a soup, meatballs, casserole or meatloaf, I can always find a way to wiggle those favorite flavors of mine into the menu plan, and everyone won’t think “this again?”

Not that they complain, because they love stuffed peppers just as much as me. Just another reason to love them a little extra. (wink)  But busy days call for effortless meals that still bring your family around the table.

Ground Beef Stuffed Pepper Skillet

When I first made this recipe, back in 2016, it went like this. I had promised my son I would make stuffed peppers for dinner. I typically will assemble them after lunch and have them ready to go in the oven on time bake while I am doing the afternoon school pick up.

Well, at noon that day, the power went out. That happens from time to time, and usually, it comes right back on. But not this time, it was out for over 4 hours!

Just when I was about to order a pizza, I got an idea. I would make them right on the stove, in a skillet. Brilliant! This one-pot wonder of a meal has been in the rotation ever since.


Ingredients in these Lazy Stuffed Peppers

This simple stuffed pepper skillet meal contains all of the same things I put in my stuffed peppers, with the addition of a little onion and tomato sauce that I don’t add to my traditional stuffed pepper recipe. To make this stuffed pepper skillet recipe you’ll need:

  • lean ground beef – you could easily substitute ground turkey or ground chicken in this meal.
  • onion – I use yellow onion
  • bell peppers – the color bell pepper is your personal preference. I typically use a combination of green peppers and red bell pepper, but we love the flavor that yellow bell pepper and orange bell pepper give this meal too.
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato sauce – to substitute tomato paste, you will need to add more water.
  • instant rice – you can use brown rice or white rice in this recipe, just make sure it’s instant uncooked rice.
  • mozzarella cheese
  • water – you can also substitute beef broth or vegetable stock if you like.
  • Salt and black pepper – season to taste.

*full complete printable recipe is found at the bottom of this post.


How to make Stuffed Pepper Skillet 

Begin by browning your ground beef with onion and salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain any excess grease.

Next, add in uncooked instant rice, bell pepper, water, tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes. 

Stir it all together and cover the skillet and simmer until rice is cooked.

Many times we eat it at this point. Without adding cheese. It cuts the calories and still tastes amazing. 

Of course, can you ever go wrong with adding some cheese to the top? No! I mean, grating some Mozzarella cheese over the top, and putting that lid on until the cheese melts might add on an extra 5 minutes or so, but the result?

The result is THIS cheesy goodness.

One pot, fresh ingredients, easy prep and ready in about 30 minutes — doesn’t get much better than that!



LOVE IT? Pin it!

Don’t forget where you found this simple bell pepper skillet meal! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest recipe board before you go!



 Does this recipe freeze well?

Yes, this recipe offers a great meal prep option, as it makes enough to feed 8 people. I love to freeze it in portion-sized containers to take out for lunch or an even quicker dinner! Simply defrost and reheat this low carb meal in the microwave or on the stove.

Substitutions and Replacements in Skillet Stuffed Peppers

This meal is easily adaptable to what you have on hand. Use ground chicken, turkey, or pork in place of the beef. You can use whatever colors of bell peppers you like, I love it with green bell peppers, but it looks so pretty with an assortment. We always use brown minute rice, but of course, white Minute rice is perfect, too. Or substitute cauliflower rice for an even lower-carb option. 

Give it a little Italian flair and add in a teaspoon of Italian Seasoning, or serve with soy sauce to give it a nice umami flavor.


Overhead image of Stuffed Pepper Meatloaf on a white platter

For the LOVE of Stuffed Peppers

Remember me telling you that I may need an intervention when it comes to my love of stuffed peppers? Well, I wasn’t kidding! But if you love them, too, I have you covered with all sorts of ways to enjoy them. 

Favorite Stuffed Pepper Recipes:

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet

And while we are on the subject of skillet meals – just like an Unstuffed Pepper Skillet — you can take the time and effort out of traditional cabbage rolls and make my Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Skillet, too! It’s another meal that we LOVE and it takes no time at all. 30 minute meals or less — my kind of meal, how about you?


Let’s Make a Stuffed Pepper Skillet Meal!

Stirring the cheese into Stuffed pepper skillet
4.67 from 66 votes
Print Recipe

Stuffed Pepper Skillet

Stuffed Pepper Skillet has all of the flavors of traditional stuffed peppers, with hardly any work! Serve them right out of the skillet, with or without melty cheese!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal, bell peppers, green pepper skillets, ground beef, lazy stuffed peppers, one pot wonder, onions, skillet meal, Stuffed Pepper Skillet, tomatoes recipes from heaven, unstuffed pepper skillet
Servings: 8
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce + 2 cans water
  • 1 1/2 cup instant rice uncooked
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded (optional)


  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onion, seasoned with salt & pepper. Drain any excess grease.
  • Add in tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, bell peppers and rice.
  • Cover and simmer until rice is cooked, about 20 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  • Top with cheese if desired. When it's melted, serve right out of the skillet.


Freezes well!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 328mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

This recipe was originally posted in 2019 and has been updated to improve user experience on January 16, 2022.

Similar Posts


  1. I have always loved stuffed peppers and Brooks is not a fan because he doesn’t usually eat rice. My mom always made them with green peppers because she was cheap but I love mine with red and yellow peppers instead!

  2. This is so good! Tastes just like stuffed bell peppers. I did add minced garlic just because I add garlic to everything lol.

  3. I made this today. It was quick, easy, and delicious. I spin on quick stuff bell peppers. My hubby did not care for it but he is not as big a fan of bell pepper as I am. I loved it and my coworkers will too!

    1. If you don’t like bell pepper I can see why. It’s one of my favorites, and you are so right, easy and delicious!! Happy you liked it, Maria!

  4. My husband and I made this only we roasted acorn squash and fill the 1/2s with this mixture…..cheese on top! DELISH!!

  5. Awesome recipe , the only thing i changed was using ground turkey and still came out amazing . Compared to just serving stuffed peppers , the stuffed pepper skillet was definitely better received by all and My kids even went for seconds. Will make this more often !

  6. I make this often. My daughter doesn’t like stuffed green peppers but she loves unstuffed. Something I do a little different is roast my peppers and add toward the end. Do you you know if anyone else adds this step?

  7. Oh wow, I love that I can have all the lovely flavours of stuffed peppers with none of the hassle! Thanks so much, great recipe.

  8. Wow! I love stuffed peppers so I had to give this a go. And it definitely did not fail. The flavors were so savory and delicious.

  9. Yum!!!! I just made air fryer stuffed peppers but i love the idea of making them in a skillet – one skillet dish! thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.