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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 Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 people
Author: Lydia @ ThriftyFrugalMom.com


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 c. onion, chopped
  • 1 c. uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 c. pasta sauce/tomato sauce (see Note below)
  • 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.