Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet

This Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet is everything you love about classic stuffed peppers made conveniently as a one-skillet meal! 

Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet

I love stuffed peppers, but the truth is they can be a little messy and confusing to eat, right? Do you cut it up and eat the filling with a bite of pepper or do you eat the filling out of the pepper? This Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet takes the guess work out of eating stuffed peppers. The one-skillet style meal makes it easy to get all the deliciousness of a stuffed pepper in one bite! 

The skillet is packed with sautéd red, orange and yellow bell pepper slices, onions, garlic, ground beef, crushed tomatoes and tricolored quinoa topped with mozzarella cheese. 

Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet

What I love about this recipe


There is a lot to love about this Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet! 

First of all, it’s an easy, dinner that takes just about 30 minutes making it a weeknight dinner winner! 

I love that it packs an extra nutritious punch with the addition of quinoa which is gluten free and high in protein! The quinoa also helps hold the dish together and keeps well as leftovers because it does not get mushy and dried out like rice would. 

Perhaps what I love most is that it’s a one-skillet meal! Cast iron skillets have the unique ability to transfer seamlessly from the stove top to the oven. That makes clean-up a breeze! 


Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet

How to Make A Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet


Start off by heating some olive oil in your large cast iron skillet. Add the sliced bell peppers and onion to the skillet and sauté then add the garlic. Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet to make room to cook the ground beef. Add the ground beef and season with salt and oregano. Sauté the beef, browning and cooking it, then mix it in with the vegetables. 

Add in the cooked quinoa and mix to combine it with the other ingredients. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and mix, be careful not to let it spill over the edge, the skillet will be very full at this point. Reduce the heat down to low and let the dish simmer for about 5 minutes. 

Mix in 1/2 cup of cheese and then top the skillet with the remaining cheese. Carefully transfer the skillet to the oven to bake for 5 minutes at 400°F. After 5 minutes the cheese will be melted, but if you would like to quickly brown it, switch your oven to broil for 1 minute. Once the cheese is browned remove the skillet from the oven. Allow the dish to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. 


Ground Beef Substitutions


If you prefer, you can easily substitute the ground beef for ground chicken or turkey. Or if you would like to make it meatless you can double up on the quinoa, add 4 cups instead of 2. To make sure it’s not too dry, you will need to also add an additional 8-12oz of crushed tomatoes if you choose the meatless option! 

Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet

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Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Stuffed Pepper Quinoa Skillet is everything you love about classic stuffed peppers made conveniently as a one-skillet meal! 



3 tbsp olive oil

3 bell peppers*, cored and sliced

1 large onion, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, crushed

1 pound ground beef

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp oregano

2 cups cooked tricolored quinoa

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes in tomato purée

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 400°F

Add the olive oil to a large, cast iron skillet, heat over medium-high heat

Add the sliced bell peppers and chopped onion

Using a wooden spoon sauté for 3-4 minutes

Add the garlic, sauté 1-2 more minutes

Press the vegetables to the side of the skillet and add the ground beef, salt and oregano

Working with the wooden spoon, break up the meat while it cooks, about 3-4 minutes

Mix the vegetables from the side of the skillet in with the meat

Add the cooked quinoa, mix to combine

Pour in the can of crushed tomato puree, mix

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes

Add 1/2 cup of cheese and mix it in to the skillet

Add the remaining cheese on top

Put the skillet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes

Turn the oven to broil for 1 minute to brown the cheese**

Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and let rest at least 5 minutes before serving.



*I used 1 yellow, 1 red and 1 orange

**Optional, be careful not to let the cheese burn

  • Prep Time: 24 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: skillet meals

Keywords: #stuffedpepperskillet, #quinoaskillet, #skilletdinners, #dinnerideas, #easyskilletdinners

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