1 ½-2 lbslean ground beef (OR ground chicken or turkey)
1 mediumred bell pepper diced
1mediumgreen bell pepper or poblano pepperdiced
1mediumyellow bell pepperdiced
3tspsteak seasoning i.e. Montreal or Chicago, your favorite
1 ½tspdry Italian seasoning
½-1tspsaltadjust depending on steak seasoning used
1tspred pepper flakesadjust to taste
123 ozjar garlic and herb seasoned marinara sauce
114.5 ozcan diced tomatoes with green chilis
2cupscooked long grain rice(Adjust amount adding more, if desired)
3cupsshredded colby jack or cheddar cheesedivided
chopped fresh parsley for garnishing
Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush a large 12 inch cast iron skillet with oil OR spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. (You can use any similar size oven safe skillet)
In large heavy bottomed pot or skillet, cook together ground beef, bell peppers, and onion in a couple of drizzles of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and vegetables have softened.
Drain excess fat from pot and add garlic, steak seasoning, Italian seasoning salt and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute longer or until garlic is fragrant.
To the pot add marinara sauce, tomatoes, rice and 1 ½ cups cheese. Mix well. Spoon mixture into skillet or baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Let stand for 5 minutes, then serve garnished with parsley.
You can substitute one 15 oz can plus one 8 ounce can of seasoned tomato sauce in place of marinara sauce, if desired.