Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole

Last week, a sweet friend put a message out that she needed to get rid of some green bell peppers. It seems she had gotten extras in her Bountiful Baskets order. Never one to turn down free things, I texted her that I could surely find something to do with them. I ended up making this Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole. With our family of four, we ate it for dinner and even had it for lunch a couple of days.
Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole
A long time ago, a neighbor (who happened to have 6 kids) introduced me to "Meat and Rice" for dinner. Basically you cook up the meat in a big skillet, add in some canned tomatoes and other liquid and uncooked rice, put the lid on it for a bit until the rice soaks up the liquid, sprinkle with cheese and it's done. Clearly, with this many mouths to feed and a busy schedule, this was a great go-to meal that even her older kids could prepare. This is a variation of that "recipe"; I just added in the peppers.
Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole Ingredients
Here's what you need: ground beef, chopped onion, chopped bell peppers, long grain rice (not instant), Worcestershire Sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, shredded cheese, water, and some seasonings.
Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole
Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole
(serves 6-8)

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 ;-)

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  1. The pepper skillet casserole looks and sounds delicious. Since I have all the ingredients on hand I just may cook this up tomorrow!

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  3. I do this same sort of thing! :) I used to make 'real' stuffed peppers but one hot summer day a few years back I decided to do a casserole in a skillet...
    I am brilliant like you, lol! :) :)

  4. Looks pretty good, I love stuffed peppers but it's a lot of work, this helps us eat than more often. I also like you new blog look.

  5. Hi Nici,
    I just pinned your awesome Stuffed Pepper Skillet Casserole. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen


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