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Today I thought I would bring you a simple unstuffed peppers recipe. I’m a fan of one pot dishes that once you do the prep work, they basically cook themselves and this recipe falls into that category. Ironically when I was growing up my mom fixed stuffed peppers, but back then I hated both peppers and rice so those days would be make myself a PB & J day for dinner. I was a very picky eater growing up. I have since learned that I didn’t like the way some things were prepared and others I just have never grown out of my dislike…cabbage, I’m looking at you!

Unstuffed Peppers

So without further delay, here’s the recipe! If you would like to download and/or print this recipe, click the link below.

Unstuffed Peppers Recipe


1 lb of lean ground beef
1 large jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 red bell pepper,
1 green bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 medium onion
1 1/2 cups of Minute Rice
1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Olive Oil

Unstuffed Peppers Ingredients


Start out by browning your ground beef in a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a deep skillet or dutch oven. While the beef is cooking, dice all bell peppers and onion into large pieces. I have a chopper I use for cutting all of my onions and peppers because it’s fast and delivers uniform pieces.

Browned ground beef

Once the ground beef is cooked, drain off any excess grease and then add all the peppers, onion, spaghetti sauce, rice and a cup and a half of water to your pot and stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the peppers are softened.

Unstuffed Peppers cooking
Stir then bring to a boil, simmer and cover. Rice will absorb the water.

Serve with shredded cheese sprinkled on top while hot so it can melt before eating. Sometimes I will also add cheese in the mixture before plating as well.


This dish is a hit for my family, including my son! I can guarantee that if I offered him a traditional stuffed pepper, he would reject it. But by having the peppers cut up into small pieces and all mixed together, I can get him to eat a vegetable that he otherwise would not normally eat. And hey, he’s pretty much guaranteed to at least try anything that has cheese sprinkled on top! πŸ˜‚

Bon AppΓ©tit!

Thanks for reading!


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