Italian Beef and Rice Skillet

This Italian Beef and Rice Skillet is ready in less than 30 minutes and is a family favorite weeknight dinner!

This hearty Italian Beef and Rice Skillet is made in less than 30 minutes and perfect for your busy weeknight!

This Italian Beef and Rice Skillet is ready in less than 30 minutes and is a family favorite weeknight dinner!pinterestMy family LOVED this Italian Beef and Rice Skillet! I basically took the same idea as my Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet and switched up the flavor profiles for another unique and delicious dinner.

I wasn’t necessarily going for an “Italian” flavor profile when I set out to switch up this dish, but when I started playing around with different liquids and veggies to add, it all just fell into place.

WOW! This super easy ONE SKILLET ground beef and rice recipe is a total winner!

If you didn’t want to use rice in this dish, you could totally swap it out for a smaller pasta. I just loved making rice skillets because my kids are huge fans of rice and it’s fairly cheap to make.

Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Variations:

  • Feel free to swap out the rice for a smaller pasta
  • Use your favorite type of veggies in place of the peas and carrots – green beans, broccoli or zucchini would be nice!
  • For a saucier dish, try adding in 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Use a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese to top the skillet for an extra cheesy dish!

My family LOVED this super cheesy and easy Italian Beef and Rice Skillet!

One of my favorite things about this dish is that I pretty much have all these ingredients on hand at any time.

I always keep ground beef in the freezer as well as a frozen veggie mix. We always have canned tomatoes and beef broth (you could use beef bouillon and water in place of the broth), and of course always have rice on hand too. So really, this is an easy dinner that I can whip up when I am in a pinch and need a quick dinner that I know my kids will love.

We loved this Cheesy Italian Beef and Rice Skillet! So easy with ground beef!

Not only is this dish super easy to make, but my kids absolutely LOVED it! We served it with garlic bread and a spinach side salad.

Yes, even my kids like spinach salads… I’m lucky like that.

This ground beef recipe is one of our family favorites! So quick and easy!

Italian Beef and Rice Skillet

This ground beef recipe is one of our family favorites! So quick and easy!

I know you’re going to love this quick and easy ground beef recipe too!


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Italian Beef and Rice Skillet

This hearty and cheesy Italian Beef and Rice Skillet is ready in less than 30 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

  • Author: Shawn Syphus
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed veggies (peas and carrots)
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet until no longer pink, drain any excess fat.
  2. Return skillet to stove top and add in the tomatoes, mixed veggies, rice, beef broth, oregano, garlic salt, basil and pepper. Stir until combined and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook until rice is tender (about 17 minutes).
  3. Fluff rice with fork and top with the mozzarella cheese. Cover with the lid for about 3 minutes to let cheese melt. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Enjoy!


You can substitute 1 cup of small pasta (shells, macaroni, etc) for the rice if desired.

Keywords: Italian Ground Beef and Rice


WOW! This super easy ONE SKILLET ground beef and rice recipe is a total winner!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
93 Responses
  1. Sandee West

    I’ve made this several times and I always use zucchini in place of the mixed vegetables. I dice it and add it when I add the rice. It’s so good! It’s a regular on my menu rotation!

  2. Valerie L Harder

    Easy, tasty, forgiving recipe my family enjoyed. I didn’t have all the ingredients, i.e., only frozen corn and stewed tomatoes, so I added extra Italian seasoning. Thank you for a really great idea!

  3. Maricruz

    Hello, I am not much of a cook and I stumbled across this recipe. I made it and my family loved it! It is now one of my new go to meals. It tastes so good and so easy to make. Thank you!

  4. Christy

    SO good!!! Definitely 5 stars. I didn’t have canned tomatoes so I used 3 very small ones, still used 2 cups of broth, and it came out perfect. Still 17 min cooking time. Thank you so much!!!

    1. Basmati rice and brown rice would work, just make sure to reduce the beef broth to 1 1/2 cups and you’ll need to cook it a little longer until the rice is tender.

    1. Hi Judy, adding instant rice requires a few different steps for this recipe. The ratio of instant rice to water is 1:1, whereas the jasmine rice takes 1:2. In this case, you’ll want to use more like 2 cups of instant rice and adjust the beef broth to about 2 1/4 cups, so the mixture is not too dry. Hope this helps!

      1. AMG

        Sorry. i did reread and covered. The family loved it. I doubled the beef and increased rice to one cup as our small tomato cans are 18 oz in Canada. My 6 yr old and 2 yr old twins devoured it.

    1. If you are using cauliflower rice, substitute the same amount frozen cauliflower rice for the regular rice. Add to the skillet at the same time as you would regular rice. Add only 1/2 c. broth instead of 2 c. and simmer uncovered for the same amount of time. Hope this helps!

  5. Jean

    Thank you for the great recipe. I’m always on the lookout for something easy and tasty with a pound of ground beef and ingredients that are always in the pantry. This one goes in my “Favorites” binder.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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