Beef Skillet Rice

The first place my husband and I lived together was in Hawaii.  I know, shame, isn't it?  When I moved in with him he'd been a bachelor for a couple years and had mastered the art of cooking a mean pan of hamburger helper.  I was a vegetarian.  We were quite the combination.  I began eating meat again because it was easier to prepare one meal instead of two.

Rice was not something I previously ate much of, and Jay hadn't either until he'd moved to Hawaii.  I became a fan of rice immediately and tried to find different ways to incorporate it as the starch in our meal.  In an effort to satisfy Jay's hamburger helper and rice-a-roni cravings (sorry, but I'm cringing as I'm writing that) coupled with my desire to not eat dinner from a box, I created Beef Skillet Rice.  We've been eating it ever since.

It's an easy dish to get creative with.  Use ground turkey instead of ground beef.  Add a little loose sausage in with the beef and/or turkey.  Add an adobe chili, chopped up, and some cilantro thrown in at the end.  It all works.

Beef Skillet Rice

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T chili powder
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 c. beef broth
2 c. cooked rice
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, asiago, etc.)

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef, onion and pepper until the meat is no longer pink.  Drain off any fat that has accumulated.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the garlic clove and chili powder and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and beef broth.  Simmer, uncovered, until the flavors blend about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat.  Stir in the cooked rice, then the sour cream and cheese.  Serve.


Meg said...

Sounds delicious! Don't worry, my husband thinks "this tastes just like Hamburger Helper!" is a compliment.. It's a man thing. ;)

drypond said...

It looks and sounds good and we love rice dishes,only we don't care for sour cream so I think we would use more of the shredded cheeses. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

wendywoo said...

Ha! This recipe totally reminded me of a recipe I had many years ago and long since lost (and even forgot about). I used to love it! In my recipe you cook the rice in the skillet and it had zucchini in it also. It was GREAT! Thanks for this recipe, from which I will try to re-create my old one. A little more beef broth, some diced zukes....ummm, getting hungry! Thanks again!

Annnightflyer said...

We cook something like this but we call it spanish rice,its an old recipe my hubbys mom had when we first got married(27 years ago) but we omit the sour cream and chili seasoning.Why she called it spanish rice I don't know considering it doesn't taste like the stuff here in Texas lol.