Recipe: Beef & Pepper Skillet

I love Mexican inspired food and this beef and pepper skillet definitely hits the spot. Make this as healthy as possible by using 97%+ lean ground beef, fat free reduced sodium broth, brown rice, and reduced-fat or fat-free cheese.

Fat free cheese doesn’t melt as well and is also not as creamy so keep that in mind when deciding which cheese to use. You can view how unwell (is that a word?) it melts in my photo.

Update: This recipe was a contest winner in Taste of Home magazine and is featured on the Taste of Home website under “27 Recipes for One-Pot Meals”. How exciting!

Beef & Pepper Skillet

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Calories per serving: 340

Fat per serving: 13

Beef & Pepper Skillet


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 can fat free reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 green pepper, sliced and halved
  • 1 red pepper, sliced and halved
  • 2 c instant brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 c shredded reduced fat co-jack cheese


  1. Brown ground beef in large skillet. Add chili powder, garlic powder, broth, and tomatoes. Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Add sliced peppers and rice, stir, cover, and simmer on low for 5 minutes or until rice is tender.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese, cover, and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Quick Notes

Fat free cheese does not melt as well as regular cheese nor is it as creamy (see photo). If you can handle the way it looks and tastes (like me), then you’ll be fine with this substitution.


I recommend using reduced sodium, fat free beef broth. Regular beef broth adds things your body does not need.

2 Responses to "Recipe: Beef & Pepper Skillet"
  1. Holli says:

    Thanks for linking up to Look What I Made…unfortunately, there was a problem with the link. Four people were able to link up in the morning and to me it appeared fine…until emails started flying that it wasn’t working. I’ll have to find a different link site and try again…hopefully in two weeks! I hope you come back and link up. Your Beef & Pepper Skillet looks great, even with the “unwell” melted non-fat cheese:-)…that wouldn’t bother me either!

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