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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 404 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes, canned
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed veggies, peas and carrots
  • 3/4 cup 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 mozzarella cheese


  • Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet until no longer pink, drain any excess fat.
  • 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).
  • 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.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2671IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Italian Ground Beef and Rice
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WOW! This super easy ONE SKILLET ground beef and rice recipe is a total winner!

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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.
122 Responses
  1. Alissa Billingslea

    5 stars
    Such a good recipe! I didnt have frozen veggies so I just used some red and green bell pepper I had on hand and cooked it with the meat and onion, then added in the rest. Everyone in my family loved it! Reminded us of stuffed bell peppers, but without the outer bell pepper shell. Thank you for a great family meal!❤

  2. Jerry Van Nostrand

    5 stars
    I found only using 3/4 cup rice was too soupy so I upped to a full cup the second time and it came out much better. Overall this is a fantastic super easy recipe that everyone loves.

  3. PATSY

    A wonderful substitution is using riced cauliflower instead of real rice or pasta. The flavor is the same but many fewer calories.

  4. Tony Marshall

    4 stars
    I tried this with Basmati rice, zucchini instead of peas and carrots, and Fire Roasted diced tomatoes vs regular diced tomatoes. Very impressed with how good this was and how easy it was to cook.

  5. 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!

  6. Valerie L Harder

    5 stars
    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!

  7. 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!

  8. Christy

    5 stars
    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!!!

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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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