This kid friendly Easy Ground Beef and Rice Skillet recipe takes just 7 basic ingredients, is budget friendly and deliciously satisfying! What’s not to love?!
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It’s partly because it’s just so incredibly hot that I don’t feel like baking anything (and we have no grill). Partly because I just haven’t been in the mood to spend much time in the kitchen and skillet meals are the best for being fast and easy. And partly because I have a bunch of skillet meal recipes that we simply really like and I know that they’ll always be a win with the kids. So, it just kind of feels like a no-brainer to make them often right now!
This Ground Beef and Rice Skillet is another one of the recipes that has been getting made a lot too. I actually considered calling it Busy Day Beef and Rice Skillet because it’s one of those recipes that I find myself falling back on when I have a busy day, don’t have much time for dinner prep and just need a simple, family friendly meal.
Other than frying up the ground beef, it’s really a hand’s off dish. And I love that!
It’s is also a great recipe for using up leftover cream cheese. Anyone else struggle to know what to do with just a couple of ounces of cream cheese? Unfortunately, more times than I care to admit, mine would end up getting thrown out because it got moldy. (Clearly, I need to do better at following my own advice regarding how to avoid food waste!) That is, until I discovered this recipe! Now, leftover cream cheese is just my sign that it’s time to make this rice and beef skillet recipe. 🙂
And don’t be scared to experiment! Recently, I only had 2 oz. of cream cheese so I added a big spoonful of cottage cheese to make up for the missing ounce and it ended up being very tasty. I’m guessing that you could also sub sour cream for a little bit of the cream cheese too.
I also love that this Easy Ground Beef and Rice Skillet is budget friendly! I mean, who can’t appreciate that? 🙂 In fact, going by Aldi’s prices, you can make this whole recipe for right around $5. That means it costs less than $1.00 a serving!
One more thing. Because this is made with just a few simple, basic ingredients, using a quality, flavorful pasta sauce is key to giving it a good flavor. I originally made it with just plain old tomato sauce, and while it was good, I discovered that it’s a lot tastier if the sauce is seasoned well. I often have the Classico Roasted Garlic pasta sauce on hand and it is my favorite for this recipe!
Looking for a great place to get quality ground beef? Check out Savory Butcher! They are a growing company and aren’t available in all areas, but are slowing expanding their market! They regularly have ground beef for $2.99/lb. And they also have boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99/lb. too!
Easy Ground Beef and Rice Skillet
Easy Ground Beef and Rice Skillet
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 c. onion, chopped
- 1 c. uncooked rice
- 2 1/2 c. water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 oz. cream cheese, cubed
- 2 c. pasta sauce/tomato sauce
- 1 tsp. chili powder
In skillet, cook ground beef and onion until browned; drain.
Stir in rice, water and salt. Cover and simmer until water is absorbed; about 15 to 20 minutes.
Stir in cream cheese, pasta sauce and chili powder.
Cover and heat through.
Using a nicely seasoned pasta sauce really makes this tasty! I love using one that is seasoned with garlic and herbs.
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