1 pound lean ground beef
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
½ 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.
YIELDS: 4 | SERVING SIZE: 1
Calories: 500 calories | Protein: 30g | Carbohydrates: 45g | Dietary Fiber: 4g | Sugars: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
Yes, you can substitute lean ground turkey for ground beef to make a lighter version of the Stuffed Pepper Skillet.
Are there alternatives to Spanish-style rice?
Absolutely, you can use regular white or brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice as alternatives based on your dietary preferences.
Can I make this recipe spicy or milder?
Yes, you can adjust the spice level by modifying the amount of jalapeno, chili powder, or adding hot sauce according to your taste.
Is the shredded cheese necessary, or can I skip it?
The cheese adds a delicious creamy texture, but you can omit it if you prefer a lighter version or if you have dietary restrictions.
How do I store leftovers?
Store any leftover Stuffed Pepper Skillet in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
When reheating, you may need to add a bit of broth or water to maintain the desired consistency.
Can I use a different type of meat, like ground chicken or turkey?
Yes, you can substitute lean ground chicken or turkey for ground beef to customize the recipe to your liking.
Is there a vegetarian version of this recipe?
Absolutely! You can replace the ground beef with plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu, tempeh, or meatless grounds.
Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of tomato sauce?
Certainly, you can use fresh tomatoes by chopping them finely.
Adjust the quantity based on your preference for a chunkier texture.
What can I serve this Stuffed Pepper Skillet with?
This skillet pairs well with a side salad, avocado slices, or a dollop of sour cream.
You can also serve it with tortillas or crusty bread.
How can I make this dish spicier or milder?
To increase the heat, add more jalapeno or chili powder.
To reduce spiciness, omit the jalapeno seeds and use less chili powder according to your taste.