Saturday, July 12, 2014

Unstuffed Peppers

Who  is enjoying their summer garden? Are you getting lots of yummy veggies? Our garden has done fairly well this summer. We have had so much squash and zucchini.  My girls are now fans of zucchini bread.  We have had several cucumbers, many radishes and banana peppers, some potatoes, and a few green peppers. If you are harvesting loads of green peppers, how do you like to eat them? I love stuffed peppers! The girls do not love to eat the actual pepper though. They like the "stuff". So...I came up with this recipe because they kept asking me to cook the "stuff". Now, I've seen a similar recipe and it is called Spanish rice. I wasn't sure what to call it because I did not go by a stuffed pepper recipe and it was a bit different from Spanish rice.  My husband called it good! (points!)  So I posted a picture on Instagram and threw out a couple ideas for a name... Unstuffed Peppers won. It is a fitting name and the girls loved it...a lot!

Unstuffed Peppers

1 1/2- 2 pounds ground beef
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 15oz. cans tomato sauce
Cooked rice (cook enough for 4 servings) 
(I don't use minute rice. I use the rice that cooks a little tastes better!)
Shredded cheddar cheese

  • Brown the ground beef, cook the onions with it in a large frying pan or cast iron pan.  Add the green pepper when the beef is almost done. ( l like my peppers a little crunchy) Continue cooking until beef is done and onions are tender.
  • Drain the beef mixture if needed
  • Return to pan and add salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce. Stir until combined over med-low heat. 
  • Add the cooked rice and stir well. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • When done, top with the shredded cheese. You can add cheese to the mixture if you like it really cheesy!