Beef, Bean & Rice Skillet
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This totally qualifies as a Pantry Staples meal. Beef + Black Beans + Rice = simple, crazy cheap, yet delicious meal.

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 2 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) black beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 - cup(s) white rice**
  • 4 - cup(s) hot water**
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - shredded cheese**
  • Side: - avocado slices**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Open the can of crushed tomatoes.
  2. Open, drain and rinse the can of black beans.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the minced onion and garlic powder. Drain and return to the skillet.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, black beans, cumin and some salt and pepper to taste. Combine well and bring to bubbling over medium low heat.
  5. Stir in 2 cups white rice with 4 cups of hot water. Return to bubbling, then stir once and cover with tight fitting lid. Let cook for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  6. Prepare the salad. Slice the avocado.
  7. Serve Spanish Rice Skillet with shredded cheese garnish, avocado slices and salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 4 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Open 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.
  3. Open, drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned ground beef, cooled
  • Half of the crushed tomatoes
  • Half of the canned black beans
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet to reheat and then cook in the rice, as directed.

Special notes

If you wish to make this with brown rice, cook it separately and then stir it in with the meat sauce just before serving.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit cheese garnish for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Beef, Bean & Rice Skillet

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat in skillet. Once warmed through, add the white rice with double the hot water. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.
Serve with cheese garnish, avocado slices and salad.