Easy Unstuffed Peppers are made with a mix of beef, pork, bell peppers and quinoa. This easy dish is healthy, quick, gluten free and tastes great too!
You've probably had stuffed peppers before -- right? I grew up having them, but honestly, I wasn't a fan because the peppers were stewed in tomato sauce and always seemed to be mushy and slightly bitter. I've tried making my own baked stuffed peppers before, which weren't mushy at all, but the kids just scooped out the stuffing and left the empty pepper shells behind. Sigh.
So this time around, I gave up on stuffing the peppers. Instead, I chopped them up and cooked them along with the stuffing mixture in a large skillet. Not only did it save a step, but the family absolutely loved it. Score one more win for Mom!
A lot of stuffed pepper recipes call for rice, but I've been seeing so many tasty looking recipes with quinoa lately, and since the Hubs and the my little guy hate rice, I added quinoa to the meat mixture, instead. And honestly, we all thought it was much better this way and a lot less filling.
How to make Easy Unstuffed Peppers
Easy Unstuffed Peppers
- 4 bell peppers seeded and chopped ( I used red, orange and yellow for extra color)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 large yellow onion peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 24- oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- In large skillet, saute the onions, peppers and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until slightly soft.
- Add the meat and cook until brown.
- Add the tomato sauce and water, and bring to a boil.
- Stir in the quinoa, cayenne pepper, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until quinoa is soft and much of the liquid has been absorbed. You can always add more water if it seems too thick.
Have you ever used quinoa? Do you like it? I'd love to know.