Hamburger-Rice Skillet

"I found this in Better Homes and Gardens Low-Cost Cooking cookbook. I've had the cookbook for about 25 years and only recently discovered this recipe. It's one of those recipes that I make just about anytime because I always have the ingredients on hand and my family (especially my youngest son) loves it!"
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  • In a skillet coated with spray oil, brown ground beef, onion, green pepper, and garlic until meat is browned. Drain off fat.
  • Add rice; cook stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients (except cheese).
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
  • Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cover, sprinkle with cheese, if desired. (We put the cheese on at the table.).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Karen C.
    Do you know the servings and nutritional numbers?


  1. newspapergal
    This had a lot more flavor than I expected; DH loved the heartiness of this. I diced in mushrooms I needed to use, added extra garlic, and used brown rice. B/c of the brown rice, I needed about a cup more of water and about 20 min more cooking time. This is a great weeknight staple. I paired with a tossed salad and green beans.
  2. anozira86
    Just excellent. Instead of tomatoes/sauce I used a jar of Ragu. I also added 1 tsp each of basil, thyme, and oregano. Added extra garlic, too. Wonderful dish my whole family enjoyed.
  3. Lori Mama
    I too have Better Homes and Gardens Low-Cost Cooking cookbook, but hadn't noticed it either. Good thing you posted the recipe, otherwise it still would be unnoticed. I don't care for green pepper, so used red and I used beef stock instead of water. Served the cheese at the table.:)
  4. marylou3441
    Added fresh green zucchini and v8, celery for green
  5. MollyLin
    This was really bland to me. The men in my life liked it and it made good leftovers for them, but I didn't care for it. I even added some italian sausage and italian seasoning, but it didn't seem to help much. My 2 year old did like it and ate quite a bit of it.


  1. lauraseitz
    This was great, all of my family loved it! I used a spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce, since that is what I had on hand. I also used chicken broth instead of water. So flavorful and yummy and simple! I will definitely be making this again! :-)
  2. sonomamama
    Delicious and easy! Substituted diced carrots for bell pepper and added some beef broth, red wine, ground black pepper, and red hot. I sauteed the onion and carrots for a bit before adding the beef. Thanks for posting...we'll make it again soon.
  3. Chris Brad
    I have this Better Homes cookbook and used to make this quite often. Thanks for reminding me of it! Using broth instead of water and a bit of red pepper flakes makes this a good dish!
  4. bmcnichol
    I needed a quick dinner for tonight and this looked good. I made the recipe as written other then I diced my onions up and used beef broth instead of water for a better flavor. I also only added 1/2 teaspoon of salt as one teaspoon seemed like a lot to me. I used brown minute rice as that is all I buy. I topped with cheddar cheese and served. This was a quick and easy dinner to make.
  5. Claudia Dawn
    Very good - a kid pleaser at my house and very easy to throw together. Perfect for a week night meal. I used ground turkey instead of hamburger and increased the garlic from 1 clove to 3. It needs a little more zip for our tastes, so next time I'll try Rotel tomatoes.



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