Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner

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Craving a cozy, comforting dinner that won’t keep you in the kitchen all night? This Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner is the epitome of comfort food.

Not only is it a hearty and satisfying meal, but it’s also an easy, one-pan wonder, making cleanup a breeze. Perfect for those busy weeknights, this dish is a family-friendly and budget-friendly option that will have everyone asking for seconds.

If you’re a fan of ground beef and looking for more delicious ways to enjoy it, consider branching out to other comforting dishes.

For an Asian twist, try incorporating ground beef into Mongolian Noodles; they’re quick to make and packed with flavor, or for a classic comfort dish, whip up a quick Beef Stroganoff with ground beef.

So, let’s dive into how to whip up this simple yet delicious dinner that combines all the goodness of easy hamburger and rice recipes with the convenience of a 30-minute meal.

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Rice and Ground Beef Skillet Ingredients

To bring this easy ground beef recipe to life, you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef: The star of the skillet, adding rich, meaty flavors.
  • Onion and Bell Pepper: For a sweet, aromatic base.
  • Garlic: Just a hint for that irresistible aroma.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning.
  • Diced Tomatoes: Adds a juicy, tangy element.
  • Beef Broth: For cooking the rice to perfection.
  • Rice: The ideal canvas for our flavorful mix.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: A dash for depth and umami.
  • Cheddar Cheese: For that gooey, cheesy goodness.
  • Parsley (optional): A sprinkle for garnish, adding color and freshness.

For the complete list of ingredients and detailed cooking instructions, please refer to the recipe card below.

Tips and Notes

Rice Type: Long-grain white rice works best for its fluffy texture and ability not to become mushy.

Cheese Choice: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese for varied flavors.

Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They reheat wonderfully for a quick next-day meal.

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Can I switch up the type of meat?

Absolutely! While ground beef is classic, feel free to use ground turkey, chicken, ground pork, or even plant-based alternatives for a twist.

What type of rice is best in this recipe?

When it comes to picking the perfect rice for this skillet meal, long-grain white rice is your best bet. Its sturdy structure and mild flavor make it the ideal choice, ensuring each grain remains distinct and absorbs all the savory flavors without turning mushy. If you’re looking to add a little aromatic flair, feel free to substitute with basmati rice, which will introduce a subtle fragrance to your dish. Jasmine rice tends to be a bit too delicate to compete with the bold flavors of this dish,

What to Serve with Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner

This dish is pretty much a complete meal on its own, but if you’re looking to round it out a simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing to add freshness, steamed vegetables or roasted Brussels sprouts for a healthy side.

There you have it, an easy, comforting, and budget-friendly meal that’s perfect for any night of the week. Enjoy your Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner without the fuss of complicated recipes or a sink full of dishes!

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Yield: 6 servings

Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Whip up a Ground Beef and Rice Skillet in just 30 minutes! This one-pan meal is the perfect family dinner, combining ease with flavor for a cozy night in.


  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • parsley for garnish if desired


How to Make Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner

Step by step Ground Beef and Rice Skillet recipe

  1. Prep Your Ingredients: Begin by dicing your onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Set aside.
  2. Brown the Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until it's no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Sauté Veggies: Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Cook until they're softened, around 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Rest: Stir in the diced tomatoes (with their juices), beef broth, uncooked rice, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Simmer: Reduce the heat, cover, and let it simmer until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 18-20 minutes.
  6. Cheese It Up: Sprinkle grated Cheddar cheese over the top, cover again, and let it sit until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Top with chopped parsley if desired, and serve hot from the skillet!


Rice Type: Long-grain white rice works best for its fluffy texture and ability not to become mushy.

Meat Choice: Ground turkey offers a leaner option, ground pork brings a subtle sweetness, and ground lamb introduces a robust taste that pairs wonderfully with the dish's spices and textures.

Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They reheat wonderfully for a quick next-day meal.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 453Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 120mgSodium 935mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 37g

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