Love Stuffed Peppers but wish you could make them quicker? I’ve got you!! These easy and quick to make Skillet Stuffed Pepper Rings can be flavored in a variety of ways. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time!
Growing up my parents made stuffed peppers often. My dad was big into gardening, and peppers were on vegetable we had a ton of. So Stuffed Peppers, Pepper Steak, Pickled Peppers and sliced raw peppers were staples.
I feel like traditional oven baked Stuffed Peppers take forever to make, so instead, years ago I decided to simply cut peppers into rings and then stuff them with meatloaf, ground meat, or sausage removed from its casing. And it was a hit.
Not only are these Skillet Stuffed Pepper slices tasty, they can be made quickly. You can choose to serve them as is, straight from the pan or with tomato sauce, salsa, pico. It really depends on how you might customize these to you or your family’s liking.
Variations When Making Stuffed Peppers
- Make these stuffed pepper rings with green, red yellow or orange bell peppers and with any type of ground meat you like. Use ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork (or sausage removed from its casing), ground beef, ground lamb or ground veal.
- You can choose to add chopped veggies (such as onions, jalapenos, carrots, etc.) to the meat mixture or simply season the meat and keep it plain.
- Instead of making a traditional meatloaf, make meatloaf stuffed pepper rings. Just prepare your meatloaf mixture as you would and stuff into the rings. Pan-sear or bake.
- Flavor the meat with taco seasoning and top with cheese, salsa or Cavender’s Greek seasoning
- Add Greek seasoning to ground meat and cook (especially tasty with ground chicken). Once done, top with a simple feta cheese, chopped tomato and scallion mixture tossed with a bit of Greek dressing (or Greek seasoning and oil). I always have Cavender’s Greek seasoning in my spice cabinet. Love it!
- Serve over warm tomato sauce.
Pro Tips When Making Pepper Rings
- I enjoy the pepper part of Stuffed Pepper Rings, more crisp-tender. Decide how you enjoy them and aim for that texture.
- If you want your peppers well done (more on the limp side). First blanch them in boiling water for a 90 seconds. Let cool and then stuff.
- The leaner the meat used, the quicker it will cook. SO be careful to not overcook your meat.
- Get creative and experiment with various meats, seasonings and toppings.
- You can also bake these in a casserole dish or on a baking sheet on their own or in sauce.
- If baking, using parchment paper sheets makes for an easy clean up! I can’t live without them!!
- If baking bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes (depending on how tender you wish peppers to be).
- You can also stretch your meat or cut down on the amount of meat used by adding cooked rice to it.
You just have to love a simple & versatile meal idea like these Skillet Stuffed Peppers!
If easy meals are your thing, check out my reader favorite 15 Minute Lemon Pepper Pork Chops (also watch my quick TikTok recipe video here) or these lovely Salmon Cakes (perfect when you have leftover salmon BUT delicious enough to make with fresh).
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Skillet Stuffed Pepper Rings
- 2 large peppers green, red, yellow or orange
- 1 pound ground beef (or ground meat of choice) see variations for additional ideas
- 2 TBS taco seasoning more or less based on your taste
- olive oil for cooking
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Optional Pico de gallo, salsa, chopped tomatoes & scallions
- Cut peppers into rings (between 1/4 and 1/8 inch thick), carefully remove any attached stems and seeds and set aside
- Season meat with your desired flavor(s)
- Stuff meat into each ring, pressing down firmly, completely filling the ring. (meat will shrink up some when cooking)
- Heat your nonstick pan, add just enough oil to barely coat the pan (or spray and then add oil when/if needed).
- Flip meat and finish cooking until the doneness you enjoy. Covering pan for some of the cooking process will help peppers become more "done".
- If topping rings with cheese you want melted, do so a minute or so before they are done and allow cheese to melt.
- Plate and garnish with tomatoes, scallions, herbs, additional cheese, sauce, etc. All depends on what flavor profile you are going for. Enjoy!