I am all about single dish meals. They tend to be faster and easier to make, and cleanup is a breeze. This beef and rice recipe is hearty and delicious. After making this last night, my husband said it was his favorite so far. He loves everything I cook, so take that with a grain of salt.
After browning your meat, you may choose to drain the oil, based on the leanness of it. I was using 93/7, so it did not have a lot of grease. I left it in the pan and just let it cook into the rest of the dish.
You don’t really have to worry about the doneness of your veggies with this dish. Because it spends so much time cooking, everything will be soft and the flavors well blended. Also, you’ve probably figured out by now that my motto might as well be “Top it with cheese and bake it!” I broiled the skillet in order to achieve a browned cheese, but simply melting it on top is sufficient as well.
- Beef: $4.96
- Peppers: from garden
- Onion: $.48
- Tomatoes: $.72
- Beans: $.72
- Seasoning: $.74
- Rice: $.35
- Cheese: $1.99
- Total: $9.96 for 8 servings, or $1.25 per serving
Single Dish Beef and Rice Bake
Quick, easy, and delicious with minimal cleanup! Pleasantly spicy and savory with a wonderful mix of flavors.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 packet chili seasoning
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- cilantro to garnish
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and soften peppers and onions.
When beef is cooked thoroughly, add canned tomatoes (do not drain), rinsed black beans, and chili seasoning packet. Stir well and let cook for 5 minutes.
Add uncooked rice and water to skillet. Mix well. Turn heat down to low and cover skillet. Cook until rice is tender, approximately 25-30 minutes.
Top with shredded cheese, cover, and let cook for 2-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
(optional) If desired, place skillet under broil for a few minutes to brown cheese. Garnish with cilantro.
As tempting as it may be, try not to lift the lid and stir too often once the rice has been added. It will cook better if left to simmer.