1- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-1 1/2 cups chopped bell pepper
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice (not instant), uncooked
1-2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 15 oz. can chopped tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup water (or beef or chicken broth)
1 cup shredded cheese
seasoning for meat
In large lidded skillet, heat olive oil and cook onions and peppers until tender. Add in the ground beef and seasonings, cooking until done. Drain the meat mixture and return to skillet. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a simmer. Pour in uncooked rice and stir to combine. Cover with lid and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook for 20-30 minutes, or until rice is cooked. After 20 minutes, stir the rice and add some additional water if needed. Stir every few minutes to ensure rice doesn't stick to the bottom. When it is finished, turn off heat and top the casserole with shredded cheese. Allow the cheese to melt, then serve.
What I love about this meal besides the simple ingredients is that you only dirty up one pan. Yep, one pan! What's not to love about that? Also, I don't think I could ever get my family to eat real stuffed bell peppers. They would probably eat the filling and discard the pepper. This way they are getting the veggies, just in tiny pieces ;-)
Need some other budget-friendly, family dinner ideas?