Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner

The other day we saw our first snow flakes fly. Parts of the area were without power for more than 24 hours as the storm blew through. We fortunately had power and were able to offer up our home for charging phones, showers, and a place to get and stay warm. I am grateful we had power.

This is a super simple dish that can be made in about 30 minutes. Make it your own by adding your own choice of basil, garlic powder, and onion powder to the sauce to make this dish even more flavorful!


I was worried about this dish because it was so simple – especially using jarred sauce AND instant rice. The meal came together in under 25 minutes. I added a green vegetable and a spinach side salad to complete the meal. We were sitting down to eat in under 30 minutes!

Try this dish with Italian sausage (removed from casings) to make a slightly different dish with lots of flavor!

Ground Beef and Rice Skillet

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A hearty simple meal that is on the table in under 30 minutes!


  • 2 cups instant rice, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef or Italian sausage (Italian sausage adds a great new depth of flavor for a slightly different dish)
  • 1/2  onion, diced
  • 1 (16 oz) canned corn
  • 1 (16 oz) jar of spaghetti sauce or your favorite homemade sauce
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups marble cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Prepare the instant rice according to the directions on the package and set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat fry up the ground beef with a dab of butter or margarine. While the beef is cooking add in the diced onions.
  3. Once the ground beef is fully cooked reduce heat to medium and add in the corn, tomato soup, milk and cooked rice. Stir well.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, minced onion and dried chives. Stir well again.
  5. Allow the mixture to simmer for about ten minutes and then stir in 2 cups of the shredded cheddar. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top and don’t stir.
  6. Allow the cheese to melt and then serve.


6 Comments Add yours

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!


  1. RobbyeFaye says:

    Wow, snow?! Glad you were able to help others!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! The snow didn’t last long but we found out the rest of our street just got their power on yesterday after 4 days!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. RobbyeFaye says:

        WOW, four days!! I bet that took some creative thinking for some people to survive. It’s so scary how much we depend on outside factors to keep us comfortable.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. So nice that you offered help Marci!


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