Turning favorite dishes into quick and easy bakes and casseroles is always fun. The thing I love about casseroles is that they don’t take much effort at all but always come out with a delicious flavor! Unstuffed Bell Pepper Bake is no exception – it makes a tedious technique unnecessary!
I used three different colors of bell peppers to give the dish a more vibrant look – you could certainly use all one color if you were inclined. Contrary to popular belief – the different colors don’t actually produce different flavors in the raw state. I also opted not to cook the bell peppers or onions down at all before putting them in the dish. This makes them stay a bit crunchy and adds texture to the meal.
You may feel like the rice isn’t quite cooked in 15 minutes – that’s okay it’s not supposed to be. You want the rice to finish cooking in the casserole so that it doesn’t overcook and turn mushy. I also don’t like to make my rice with plain water – never miss a chance to add more flavors to a dish. If you don’t have or don’t like beef broth – chicken broth would work too.
And everything is better with cheese! I mixed some in as well as sprinkling it on top because who doesn’t love cheese! And I always like to add a little parsley in with the cheese on top to make it prettier – parsley is great for that!
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Unstuffed Bell Pepper Bake
- 1½ lb Ground Beef
- 1 Green Bell Pepper cut into 1-in chunks
- 1 Red Bell Pepper cut into 1-in chunks
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper cut into 1-in chunks
- ½ White Onion cut into 1-in chunks
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 cups Long Grain Rice
- 1 qt Beef Broth
- 2 cup Colby Jack Cheese shredded
- 1 15 oz can Diced Tomatoes
- 1 tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Parsley
- Prepare all of the ingredient. Preheat oven to 375deg.
- In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add rice and broth. Cover with lid and let cook for 15 minutes.
- In a large saute pan, add beef, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink.
- In a 13×9 baking dish, combine rice, beef, onions, peppers, tomatoes and half of cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top along with parsley. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
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