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Beef + Pepper Rice Bowls

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Why we love it:

Did your grandmother make long simmered, multilayered, rice and beef stuffed peppers? Those are good. This fun to assemble dish is inspired by that but deconstructed and fast enough for a busy Wednesday before soccer practice!


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice (White)
  • 114 cups Water
  • 114 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (small)
  • 2 Bell Pepper (Orange, Yellow or Red)s
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 14 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1 15-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese (or pepper jack, shredded)

Cooking Instructions

  • 1. RICE

    Place the rice, water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil and stir well, then turn down to low and tightly cover. Simmer on low for 16 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit until serving time.


    Slice the onion in half then in thin half moons. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 2 minutes.

    While it's cooking, thinly julienne the peppers and mince the garlic. Add them in, season with a pinch of salt and pepper (reserving some) and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.

    Transfer pepper mixture to a plate.

  • 3. BEEF

    Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add in beef and break up with a wooden spoon, season with the rest of the salt and pepper. Continue to cook and break up beef, about 2 minutes more, until almost fully cooked through, then add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne.


    Cook beef through then stir in tomatoes and pepper mixture and warm through, about 1 minute

  • 5. SERVING

    Plate a scoop of rice, top with some of the cheese, and spoon the beef and pepper mixture over top. Garnish with more cheese and cilantro.

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  • PALEO:
    use cauliflower rice instead of real rice, omit the tomatoes and use 1 cup of stock to simmer the meat
  • BEEF:
    use ground chicken or turkey. If you can find it ground, use a chicken breast or pork loin and slice it over the top
    flank steak, skirt steak, hangar, even a tri tip or NY strip would be nice. Sear it with the spices as a rub, then slice and serve
    omit cheese or use your favorite nut or soy cheese
    if you have tortilla chips, strips or romaine/iceberg lettuce (chop it up) they all taste amazing for crunch
    Extra veggies added on taste great. Corn, edamame, spinach, carrots, zucchini are all good additions
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