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Hearty Skillet Supper

When the weather starts turning cooler, I start to hear requests for this dish. The light soy, onion and garlic flavors blend nicely with fresh carrots and potatoes in this budget-minded recipe. —Pat Jensen, Cottonwood, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, potatoes, water and rice.
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice and vegetables are tender. Just before serving, stir in the soy sauce, salt and pepper.
Long grain rice has a length 4 to 5 times that of its width. When cooked, it produces light dry grains that separate easily.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 329 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1140mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Cookemountain
    Jan 20, 2021

    This recipe has become a regular in the rotation. My husband and I love it, and we always eat more than we should. I do like to add chopped up asparagus in with the potatoes and carrots.

  • N
    Dec 12, 2020

    Started looking for other dinner options as I was cooking this. Had a bad feeling when I added the uncooked rice. I don't claim to be a good cook but this seemed easy enough. After the first 30 minutes I realized the rice was way undercooked. Added more water and cooked longer. Everything's mushy, rice is still not done. Seasoned the fuck out of it after tasting. Just don't know what to do with this skillet of blah.

  • Kim
    Dec 10, 2020

    This is a great hearty meal. I added diced celery with the carrots and seasoned the meat with onion & garlic powder as I didn't have onions and garlic on hand.

  • DeAnna
    Aug 18, 2020

    This turned out perfectly for us! Used celery instead of carrots and used low sodium chicken broth instead of water and did not use the soy sauce. My potatoes were divinely cooked. I used Jasmati rice too. It wasn’t too dry at all. This is going to be my GO-TO quick but hearty meal!! Checks all my boxes! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer
    Jul 16, 2020

    I am so glad I didn't listen to any of the negative reviews on here! I loved the slight firmness to the potatoes. Everything blended together perfectly. This was simple and wholesome. This will definitely be a regular around my house! Thank you for this.

  • Faye
    Jun 25, 2020

    Delicious! I agree with the other ratings that say this tastes better with some tomato aspect- i added some bouillon. It also took me an extra while to get the potatoes all cooked, but that's probably the work of my shoddy knife skills, lol. The star taken off is because it DEFINITELY needed more liquids- i added maybe a full cup more of water so that it wouldn't dry out as i waited for the potatoes and rice to be fully cooked. This recipe definitely could use some adjustments on that.

  • Debbie
    May 31, 2020

    I dressed it up a bit to my taste. I put in some celery, season salt instead of regular salt. I added beef bullion , some more water and oregano and a bay leaf. Plus a can of tomato sauce. Then ate it with some flour tortillas. It was delicious!! Sometimes instead of giving a bad review you have to add your taste to it .....everyone has different taste.

  • Jane
    Dec 11, 2019

    Made this last night it was delicious. my roommate took leftovers to work today, he text me to tell me how the people at work loved the smell of it as he eat it. So this is a recipe that is great when you first make it and just as delicious the next day too.

  • Mark
    Nov 20, 2019

    I added chicken stock, celery, amino acids, more garlic, tomato paste cube from frozen, dried basil. This is kinda the way I cook. Single 64 and disabled so I have to use it all or go hungry. I didn't think I was a good cook but with all the good reviews and lots of my throw together dinners maybe I am! Thanks for the confidence. M

  • Robbi
    Nov 3, 2019

    So good! I made it last night for my husband, 1 yr old daughter, and 2 of my husband's fellow Marines. I doubled the recipe to accommodate all of us, and lots of garlic because we love garlic, and the men were happy just smelling it cooking. My daughter actually loved it and I couldn't keep up with her demand for another scoop every few minutes. Seeing them all happily eating it made me feel great, best compliment ever. Everyone ate two plates worth and left nothing behind! It is a bit moist especially if you're making a lot like I did but it's like a better heartier hamburger helper. I served King's Hawaiian round bread with it and it was delicious!