One Skillet Ground Beef with Broccoli and Rice Recipe

Some weeknights require a filling dinner that is easy to prepare. For those evenings, this one skillet ground beef with broccoli and rice is the perfect solution.

Dice up some onions and garlic, which are the quintessential base for most meals. Then toss them in the skillet with ground beef. Season the beef with the herbs of your choice; my family always prefers Cajun seasoning, but soy sauce, montreal steak seasoning, or lemon pepper are fantastic alternatives. Allow those ingredients to simmer until the meat is browned and the onions are translucent.

You will be drooling over the amazing smells simmering from your skillet! Add in a few cups of broth, rice, and broccoli. (Don’t love broccoli? Asparagus, edamame, or carrots are other vegetable substitutes.) Bring to a boil and then simmer until the rice is fully cooked and the broccoli is tender.

When it’s time to serve this dish, you won’t be able to resist this bowl of goodness! Did I mention that the only clean up involved is washing one skillet? Win!

The protein of the meat, starch of the rice, and vitamins from the broccoli combine for a perfect weeknight dinner. No need to include another side dish because this pot is a complete meal!

Yield: 6

One Skillet Ground Beef with Broccoli and Rice

One Skillet Ground Beef with Broccoli and Rice

This easy weeknight dinner incorporates meat, grains, vegetables, and cheese - plus it can be cooked in only one skillet!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef, or turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 1 can diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
  • Optional: 2-4 Tbsp soy sauce


  1. Brown the ground beef, onions and garlic over medium-high. Season the meat with creole seasoning as soon as you put it in the skillet.
  2. Once the meat has browned and the onions are translucent, add the broth, rice, and broccoli. Stir. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  3. Cook for 20-30 minutes. Then open the lid and stir. Add additional water and simmer for another 5-10 minutes if the rice isn’t fully cooked.
  4. Add in the can of tomatoes or tomato sauce and allow to simmer uncovered for an additional 5 minutes, until warm.
  5. Top with fresh cheese and serve.

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