Why you’ll love these easy unstuffed peppers

  • Much quicker and easier than traditional stuffed peppers, you only need about 30 minutes and one pan for a filling, flavor-packed meal.
  • Simple seasonings and a handful of ingredients combine to make the perfect family-friendly weeknight meal.
  • It’s a versatile recipe that you can customize with your protein of choice, add in additional veggies and herbs if desired, and keep it dairy-free.

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How to make deconstructed stuffed peppers

Chop the garlic, bell peppers and onion.
Add ground beef, onion, garlic, and seasonings to the pan.
Break the beef into smaller chunks and mix everything together.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned (about 7-8 minutes).
While the beef cooks, gather the remaining ingredients..
Once the beef is browned, add in the bell peppers, rice, water and diced tomatoes.
Give the contents of the pan a good stir to mix thoroughly.
Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the rice is fully cooked.
Mix in black beans and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Serve immediately.

Ingredient notes and variations

  • Ground beef – Substitute any ground protein you prefer. Chicken, turkey or bison work great.
  • Peppers – Bell peppers are the classic option, but other mild peppers like poblano, banana or anaheim peppers will work too.
  • Diced tomatoes – Marinara sauce could be used instead of diced tomatoes.
  • Other veggies – Feel free to add in some other veggies if you want. Peas, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms are good options.
  • Rice – Substitute another grain like quinoa or millet if desired. The cooking time may need to be adjusted or simply add it in at the end (when you add the beans) if it’s pre-cooked.
  • Cheese – The cheese in this recipe is totally optional. It tastes great with or without it.

Tips from an expert home chef

Rice – Different types of rice may have longer cooking times. Long-grain white rice or jasmine rice work best for this recipe. If using brown rice, the cooking time might be longer.

Scale it up – This is a great healthy meal prep recipe to make a big batch of. Just click the 2x or 3x button below in the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust automatically.

Storage – This will last 4-5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Or, it can be frozen for several months.

Re-heating – From the fridge, warm it up in the microwave or in a skillet on the stovetop. From the freezer, allow it to completely thaw in the fridge before reheating. Add a splash of water before reheating if it seems dry at all.

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30-Minute (One Pan) Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers

These one-pan deconstructed stuffed peppers are a quick and healthy recipe that's super easy to make. All the flavor of stuffed peppers without all the work. Loaded with goodies like ground beef, rice, diced tomatoes and black beans, you'll love these unstuffed peppers.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil, (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, (~15 oz)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice, (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can black beans, (~15 oz)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, (optional, omit for dairy-free)


  • Prep the bell peppers, onion and garlic as noted.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add in the oil. Once the pan is hot, add in the ground beef, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt. Break the beef up into smaller bits and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned, about 6-7 minutes.
  • While the beef is cooking, gather the remaining ingredients.
  • Once the beef is browned, add the bell peppers, diced tomatoes, uncooked rice and water to the pan. Stir to mix well and evenly distribute the rice. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked.
  • Stir in the black beans and mix well. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes to warm the beans. If using cheese, add it over the top of the skillet and cover for 1-2 minutes to melt. Serve immediately.

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You can substitute 1.5 cups of cooked rice for the uncooked rice. If doing so, omit the water from the recipe and you can cut down the simmering time (step#4) to about 5 minutes. Then, simply add in the cooked rice with the black beans after simmering (step #5). 
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30-Minute (One Pan) Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers30-Minute (One Pan) Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers