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Spanish Rice with Ground Beef

Spanish Rice with Ground Beef is a quick and easy dinner that can be on the table in about 30 minutes. A hearty skillet meal that the whole family will love.

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Quick and easy ground beef recipes are my favorite for busy weeknights. We love to serve this Spanish Rice skillet meal with Mexican Corn, an easy green salad and cornbread for a complete meal.

Spanish rice with ground beef

This seasoned ground beef and rice skillet with all of your favorite Mexican flavors is one of the easiest meals to make any day of the week. A healthy and filling dinner recipe made with a pound of ground beef. We also love these easy Ground Beef Tacos for busy weeknights.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Olive Oil
  • Onions
  • Bell Peppers
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Long-Grain Rice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Chile Powder
  • Green Chile Powder
  • Ground Cumin
  • Kosher Salt
  • Dried Oregano

How to Make Spanish Rice with Ground Beef:

raw ground beef in a skillet

  • Add ground beef to a skillet, season with salt and pepper.

Cooked ground beef in a skillet

  • Break up ground beef with a wooden spoon as it cooks to brown on all sides.

diced onions, bell peppers and minced garlic on a cutting board

  • Dice onions, bell peppers and mince garlic.

onion and bell peppers in a skillet

  • In another large skillet, add olive oil with onions, bell peppers and garlic.

Skillet with cooked onions, bell peppers with rice

  • Cook over medium heat, stirring often until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add rice to skillet with vegetables, continue to cook, stirring frequently until rice starts to brown, about 5 minutes.

rice skillet with chicken broth and diced tomatoes

  • Stir in chicken broth and diced tomatoes with juice.

rice skillet with ground beef and spices

  • Add cooked ground beef, draining excess grease. Mix in chili powder, oregano, ground cumin and salt.

ground beef rice skillet with broth - cooking in skillet

  • Bring mixture to a boil, lower to simmer. Cover and cook about 15 minutes or until rice is cooked through.

Spanish Rice in a skillet with wood spoon

  • Remove from heat, stir well and serve immediately.

Garnishes for Spanish Rice with Ground Beef:

  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro

plate of Spanish rice with sliced avocado, sour cream

Serve Spanish Rice with Ground Beef in a bowl with your favorite toppings or roll it up into a burrito for a filling and delicious meal.

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Store leftover Spanish Rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often until heated through.

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close up of plate of Spanish Rice topped with avocado and sour cream, half avocado to the side

If you are standing in the kitchen trying to decide what to cook tonight, this quick and easy Spanish Rice with Ground Beef is the answer. It’s made with just a few pantry ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes for a family favorite meal.

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Yield: 5 servings

Spanish Rice with Ground Beef

Spanish Rice with Ground Beef topped with sour cream, avocado slices and cilantro

Spanish Rice with Ground Beef is a quick and easy dinner that can be on the table in about 30 minutes. A hearty skillet meal that the whole family will love.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cups long-grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

Instructions

Place a skillet over medium heat with ground beef. Season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook, crumbling ground beef with a wooden spoon as it cooks to brown on all sides.

Meanwhile, in another large skillet, add olive oil with diced onions, bell peppers and garlic. Cook over medium heat, stirring often about 5 minutes.

Add rice and continue to cook another 5 minutes, stirring often until rice starts to brown.

Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes with the juice.

Mix in oregano, chili powder, ground cumin, kosher salt.

Bring the mixture to a boil, lower to a simmer.

Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until rice is cooked through.

Stir mixture and serve immediately.

Notes

Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days,

Reheat in a skillet over medium heat, stirring until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 973mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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8 Comments

  1. This is one of my favorites, but now that I am doing Keto, I substitute cauliflower rice for real rice. Can Not tell difference.

    1. Hi Shelle,
      You can use Minute rice but you will need to adjust the rice measurement to 2 cups with 2 cups of broth. Use the minute rice cooking instructions to finish the dish. I hope that helps.

      ~ Milisa

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