If you like stuffed peppers, but you don’t like all the work they require, we’ve got a recipe for you! We call this dish lazy stuffed peppers because it includes all of the best elements of regular stuffed peppers, but it takes only 10-15 minutes to make.
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What You’ll Need
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup of frozen pepper and onion mix
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of pasta or rice
- Season your ground beef. Use 85% or 90% lean ground beef for this recipe. Season with salt and/or pepper prior to cooking, depending on your taste preferences.
- Cook your ground beef. Put your ground beef in a large pan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to ensure that the meat is evenly cooked. Cook for approximately 5 to 10 minutes until the meat is a light brown color. Be careful not to overcook or burn pieces of the ground beef.
- Add diced tomatoes and frozen onions and peppers mix. You can also use your own preferred tomato/pasta sauce or salsa – whatever you may already have on hand. We prefer using one 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (pictured above) without added salt. You can use your own fresh onions and peppers for this step as well.
- Cook the beef, tomato, and onion and pepper mix for approximately 5 more minutes. You can reduce the heat to low at this step if you are concerned with overcooking.
- Combine the beef mixture with your starch. If you are using pasta, as we have done in the pictures above, we recommend making it concurrently with the meat mixture so that you can add the meat right when the pasta is drained and ready to eat. (Adjust cooking times based on your pasta’s cooking directions). If you are using rice for a more authentic stuffed pepper taste, you can prepare it in advance, following the packaging’s directors, and make the beef mixture later to add to the rice. For added convenience, you can use one of Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods’ frozen rice items (in their freezer aisles) and prepare according to the directions on the packaging. (We are partial to Trader Joe’s frozen jasmine rice packages and Whole Foods’ frozen brown rice for this recipe).
Refrigerate any unused portion and consume within 3 days for optimal freshness. We like this recipe not only for its taste, but its convenience. This recipe works well with previously frozen ground beef, so you can have all of the ingredients on hand for a quick, easy dinner that doesn’t require a trip to the grocery store.