Rice and Beef Skillet Casserole

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Rice and Beef Skillet Casserole

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Rice and Beef Skillet Casserole

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once rice has finished cooking, add to meat/onion/tomato mixture in the skillet. Mix well.
  • 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!
  • Steam spinach in steamer for 4-5 minutes, until soft and tender.
  • Serve Rice and Beef Skillet Casserole with side of steamed spinach!

Cost $4.13


  1. says

    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

  2. says

    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.

    • says


      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!!!


  3. says

    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!

  4. Salina says

    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.

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