Easy Ground Beef and Rice Skillet

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?!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 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


  1. In skillet, cook ground beef and onion until browned; drain.
  2. Stir in rice, water and salt. Cover and simmer until water is absorbed; about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in cream cheese, pasta sauce and chili powder.
  4. Cover and heat through.

Recipe Notes

Using a nicely seasoned pasta sauce really makes this tasty! I love using one that is seasoned with garlic and herbs.