Rice and Meat Skillet Casserole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 30, 2009

Well, the $5 Dinner Challenge is back in action!!! If you’ve got a recipe from this week (or previous week ;), then please feel free to share it via Mr. Linky below, or in the comments!

This recipe is inspired by this one, Meat and Rice Casserole, from PhD in Parenting!


1 cup rice ($.20)
1/2 onion ($.20)
3/4 lb ground beef ($1.07) On sale last week for $1.49/lb!
1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes ($.49) Bought with coupon
1 tsp Italian seasonings ($.05)
1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
4-6 oz shredded cheese ($1.08)
1 bag baby spinach ($.99) Manager’s Special

1. Bring 2.5 cups of water to boil.  Add 1 cup of rice.  Return to boil.  Stir and reduce heat to medium low.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
2. Chop onion and put in skillet.  Add 3/4-1 lb ground beef.  Brown the beef with the onion.  Drain and rinse, if you prefer.
3. Return meat/onion mixture to skillet.  Set heat to medium-low.  Add 1 can of diced tomatoes.  Add Italian seasonings, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook for about 5-7 minutes to allow flavors to mingle.
4. Once rice has finished cooking, add to meat/onion/tomato mixture in the skillet.  Mix well.
5. Shred 4-6 oz of sharp cheddar cheese (or other favorite!).  Sprinkle over the top of the rice/meat mixture in the skillet.  Set to cook on low for about 5 minutes, giving cheese time to melt!
6. Steam spinach in steamer for 4-5 minutes, until soft and tender.


7. Serve Rice and Meat Skillet Casserole with side of steamed spinach!

Cost $4.13

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amyd76 March 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Chicken and Rice
1lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts- cut in fourths (on sale $1.99/lb)
1 can cream of chicken soup – I use 98% ff (about $0.80)
6 servings of brown rice (or white- instant or regular) (about $0.75)
1 bag of frozen broccoli florets ($1.25)

Mix soup with 1/2c. water
Spray crock pot with nonstick spray
Add chicken
Pour soup over chicken
Cook on low for 6 hours
Serve over rice with a side of steamed broccoli.
Serves 4


Annie @ PhD in Parenting March 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Thanks for featuring my recipe! We had it on Saturday night and ate leftovers for lunch today. The spinach side is a great idea. I’ve also cut up the spinach and added it to the beef/onions just as I am finishing cooking them and included it in the casserole.


Erin March 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm


I thought about throwing the spinach in with the casserole, but ended up steaming it! I made this last week (when the site was host hopping!) and did it in a casserole. Doing it in the skillet was a little experiment…saved me 1 dish! We loved this and will have it again!!!



jennifer bowen March 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm

looks good


QueenofAbstract March 30, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I have a similiar reciepe…

cook in skillet with some oil..
1 diced green pepper (although I’ve used red, and yellow too!)
2 cloves garlic
1 diced onion
1 diced jalepeno

add that mixture to….
1 cup cooked rice
1 drained can kidney beans
1 not drained can diced tomatoes

warm to your taste buds and enjoy! Add meat if you like!


Steve March 31, 2009 at 6:03 am

Hey the recipe looks good! I will try to get it!!!


Andrea March 31, 2009 at 1:22 pm

The Rice and Meat Skillet Casserole looks yummy! I love hearing everyone’s ideas!


Heidi / Savory Tv March 31, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I just discovered your site, love it! Thanks for your recipe, great deals you found on the beef and spinach. Cheers!


Jami April 1, 2009 at 9:40 pm

What a great idea! It’s a great challenge to see if my meals are close to the $5 mark!


Andrea April 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I am really enjoying challenging myself so make my recipes affordable AND good for you. I love looking at other blogs and seeing what everyone else is doing to eat better on a budget these days. Here is my Tuna Noodle Casserole (with pics). A whole 13″x9″ pan for only $3.50.Hope you like it!



Salina April 29, 2009 at 8:49 pm

We had this for dinner tonight and it was very good.

I did not have plain diced tomatoes so I added a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. I also fried some corn tortillas to eat this as tacos. Some of us had the tacos and some didn’t. My 5 and 3 yr old like this a lot also.


Fordj December 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

What a great site.


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