Salsa, Black Bean and Beef Skillet Dinner

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 6, 2010

So sorry y’all! I left out the black beans! I’ve updated the recipe :)

This totally qualifies as a Pantry Staples meal.

3/4 lb. ground beef or chuck ($1.27)
1/2 onion, chopped ($.15)
1 cup brown rice ($.40)
2 1/2 cups water
2 cups cooked black beans ($.40) (or 1 can, drained)
1 cup salsa – mild, medium or hot! ($.75)
1 can diced tomatoes ($.29)
1 tsp ground cumin ($.05)
1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
Salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese, any variety ($.50) Used a pinchful for Steve’s bowl, which is pictured above…the rest of us had the cheeseless varietyI’m using the $.99/bag Kraft cheese from a few weeks back
1 package frozen corn ($.80)


1. In a large skillet or saucepan, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion.  Drain, rinse and set aside.

2. In the same saucepan, add the brown rice and water.  Bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add the browned beef, black beans, salsa, undrained diced tomatoes, ground cumin, garlic powder and salt and pepper, to taste.  Once boiling together, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 50 minutes, or until rice has cooked through. (NOTE: If you wish to use instant brown rice or white rice, let cook for the time suggested on the packaging.)

3. Once the rice has cooked through, uncover and simmer to let any remaining liquid cook off.

4. Prepare frozen corn as directed on package.

5. Serve Salsa, Black Bean and Beef Skillet with a side of corn.

Cost $4.26

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy April 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Is it just me or is Black beans not listed in the ingredients??? How much black beans should one use? This recipe looks DELICIOUS!!!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm


I accidentally left them out. I have updated.


Megan April 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Not sure if you noticed or not but there is no black beans in your recipe. I was just wondering how much and when to add them. Looks yummy though.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm


I updated.


Candi April 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

We just made something similar using leftover pork roast. It was fantastic! You are totally correct, definitely a pantry meal.


Kristi Temple April 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I am a little confused. I didn’t see black beans listed in the recipe but they were in the name and the pictures. How much do you add and when?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm

@Kristi Temple,

I updated the post. I apologize :)


Jane April 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Hey, this looks really yummy! I just may make it tomorrow since this has been one of those weeks that I didn’t get my menu planned for the whole week. I think I was just lacking inspiration. :) But I have all of these ingredients on hand and my family would love this dish!

I like to keep cooked beans in my freezer. I get them in the WinCo bins and then cook big batches in my crock pot. Most of the dry beans at WinCo are under $1 a pound, so it makes it a frugal way to add more protein to our diets.

I did notice on your recipe that you didn’t add in the black beans to your ingredients list or to your instructions of when to add them. Was that just a typo?

Thanks for the recipe!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm


Yes…I accidentally left them out. I have updated :)


Marie @ Filling My Family April 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I think you are missing the black beans in the ingredient list and the instructins… Or the title is wrong (but the picture shows black beans, and it looks yummy!).


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm

@Marie @ Filling My Family,

Thanks…I updated :)


Makenzie April 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

How many and when do you add the black beans (I looked twice to see if I missed it- did -?)?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm


Sorry! I updated :)


Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy April 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

This looks SO good! I’m definitely going to try it. :-) I think I might add some rice, too.

And black beans. ;-)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

@Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy,

LOL! The black beans would help ;)


Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy April 7, 2010 at 8:15 am

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom, I couldn’t resist! lol


Tasty Deals April 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

Hi Erin,
I love your site, you get 2 thumbs up from this frugal guy.This recipe looks very tasty! I will definitely be making it this week. I’m thinking of serving it on top of Frito’s corn chips to give it a Tamale feel.
Cheers! Justin


Alta April 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

This would be well-liked at our home, with a side of tortillas! (Yes, double-carb…but hey, that makes for full bellies for the kids, so I’m okay with it once in a while!)


Amy April 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

This is simmering away on my stovetop right now! I threw the corn right in the pot since I was looking for a one dish meal and subbed the ground beef for shredded chicken since it’s what I had defrosted. I plan on wrapping the leftovers in tortillas and freezing for a quick re-heatable burrito for lunches. It smells amazing! Thanks!!


Michelle Koenig April 7, 2010 at 11:02 am

Do you really rinse the meat and onion mixture? I’ve never heard of doing that before.

This sounds like an amazing meal. It will be on the menu plan for next week.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

@Michelle Koenig,

After I drain the meat, I rinse it in the strainer with scalding hot water…to get off any extra grease!



Karin H April 7, 2010 at 11:29 am

This looks amazing!
I have several ideas to use and re-use this combo!!!
I plan on adding chicken instead!!! (Because tonight we are having chicken in yogurt)
I love this website!!!


Gift Card Ben April 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

This meal looks absolutely fantastic! I will definitely have to try it out sometime at home this week.


Melissa April 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I made this meal this evening and it was de.lic.ious! Thank you so much! I will definitely be adding this to my “go-to” dinner list! I am excited for the leftovers tomorrow! Yum! :)


Tara April 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I made this tonight & the whole family really loved it :) Definitely a keeper!


Amy April 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Made this and it was VERY tasty … we used mild salsa and it could’ve used a little bit more kick. Next time we’ll have hot sauce on the side for those who want it. Thanks!


MRS. KUEHN April 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

We were extrememly low on money, and had no idea what we were going to do for dinner, and then I saw this recipe. We had all these things in our home! When it was done cooking, it didn’t look very good to me (Although nothing really does since I’m pregnant) but as soon as I tasted it, I loved it! I added black olives to this, and everyone in my family loved it, including my super picky husband, and my super picky 2 year old son.


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Carla August 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

All those prices are between twice as much to 5 times as much here! But the recipe still looks good and I’m going to try it tonight.


Ann Swanson December 2, 2012 at 6:39 am

This recipe was very delicious! We topped this off with tortilla chips which gave it a nice crunch.


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Dana Shannon August 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

OMGOSH the best. I had corn out of the garden, tomatoes, onions and Beef was our black angus!! AWESOME only I left out the cheese b/c he don’t like it :) BUT I added some to mine at supper time an it was awesome :) THANKS for an excellent get it done, back to work supper :)


Dana Shannon August 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I only had to buy the cheese and cumin the rest I had on hand or grew it in the garden. And the beef was homegrown too :)
Cost : shoot maybe 3.75 b/c we raised the beef :)


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