One Pan Stuffed Pepper Skillet

by | Apr 17, 2024

This One Pan Stuffed Pepper Skillet recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. It’s a hearty, comforting meal that includes a variety of fresh vegetables and plant-based protein. Plus, you get to customize it with your favorite cheese—dairy or vegan!

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Why you’ll love it

This skillet is like a deconstructed version of stuffed peppers… yum! Plus, who doesn’t love a quick, tasty dinner that only dirties one pan? Here are a few reasons why this one pan recipe will become a new favorite in your home:

  • Quick and Easy: With a total time of under 1 hour and only needing one pan, this dish is about as effortless as it gets for a wholesome dinner.
  • Flavorful and Nutritious: Combining bell peppers, tomatoes, and savory spices, you get a meal that’s bursting with flavor and vitamins.
  • Customizable: Whether you’re a cheese lover or prefer it dairy-free, this skillet can adapt to your taste and dietary needs.
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Is Beyond Beef healthy?

Let’s talk about the star of this recipe! Beyond Meat just launched Beyond IV, the fourth generation of their Beyond Burger and Beyond Beef, where they’ve swapped coconut and canola oils for avocado oil, providing heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. This new version also reduced the sodium by 20% and brought down the saturated fat by 60%, bringing it to just 2 grams of saturated fat per serving. Finally, they’ve boosted the protein to 21 grams per serving derived from nutrient-dense sources like peas, brown rice, red lentils and faba beans. 

You can find Beyond IV in the meat section of your local grocery store! Just look for the new gold label – you can’t miss it.

Ingredients you’ll need

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, along with a few tips:

  • Bell Peppers: Choose any color pepper you have on hand or can find at your store. I sometimes even do a mixture of 1 red bell pepper and 1 yellow bell pepper. 
  • Beyond Beef: This plant-based meat alternative is perfect for adding protein. It’s juicy, delicious, and nutritious. Dietitian approved!
  • Tomatoes: These add moisture and flavor to the skillet. Opt for no-salt-added varieties to control the sodium.
  • Cheese: Whether you choose cheddar, mozzarella, or a vegan option, cheese adds a creamy texture and rich flavor.
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How to make this stuffed pepper skillet

Follow these simple steps to create your skillet:

  1. Sauté Vegetables: Cook the onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent, then add the bell peppers.
  2. Brown the Meat: Add the Beyond Beef and break it up as it cooks.
  3. Combine and Cook: Stir in the rest of the ingredients then simmer until the rice is tender.
  4. Melt Cheese: Sprinkle your chosen cheese over the cooked mixture, cover to melt, and then garnish with fresh herbs.

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Serving Tips: Serve with a side salad or some crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
  • Troubleshooting Tips: If the rice isn’t fully cooked by the time the liquid is absorbed, add a little more broth or water and continue to cook until tender. Be sure to follow the cooking time on the back of your rice.
  • Scaling Tips: This recipe easily doubles to feed a crowd. In this case, just use a large pot instead of a saute pan.
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Customize it your way

Like all of my recipes, this Stuffed Pepper Skillet is completely customizable. Choose the type of bell peppers and cheese you want to use

Can I make these deconstructed stuffed peppers ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the skillet up to the point of adding cheese, then cool and refrigerate. Reheat in the skillet, add cheese, and serve.

How do I store leftovers?

This dish is perfect to enjoy as meal prep leftovers. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge or in the freezer for up to 3 months. It reheats well in the microwave.

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One Pan Stuffed Pepper Skillet

Mackenzie Burgess, RDN
This One Pan Stuffed Pepper Skillet recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or meal prep!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Beyond Beef plant-based ground
  • 2 medium bell peppers of your choice (yellow, red, orange, or green) – chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 heaping cups)
  • 1 – 14.5 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 8 ounce can no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (Feel free to choose a vegan option if you’d like. We love using cheddar cheese but you could also use pepper jack, monterey jack, gouda, mozzarella cheese, italian five cheese blend, or mexican blend.)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley or cilantro, roughly chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium pot or large saute pan (with tight fitting lid) over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add the Beyond Beef to the skillet. Break it up with a spatula and cook until it’s browned, stirring occasionally for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced bell peppers, diced tomatoes (undrained), tomato sauce, rice, vegetable broth or water, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, and red pepper flakes. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low to bring it to a simmer. Cover the pot or pan with a lid and let it cook for about 20 minutes, or according to the rice package instructions.
  • Remove from the heat, then give it a good stir. Sprinkle cheese on top of the cooked mixture, cover with a lid again, and let the cheese melt for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro before serving.
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