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Texas Beef Skillet

Enjoy a classic Texan combination of beef and beans with a kick of chili powder. If you want to prepare a delicious dinner for your family but don't want to dirty up a ton of dishes, this simple skillet recipe is a great option. A hearty meal that's also an easy cleanup? We call that a winning dinner combination! Make this beef skillet recipe for supper tonight and you're sure to be more than impressed by the bold flavors of this Texas-inspired meal. Yum!

Serves: 6

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 (15-1/2-ounce) can red kidney beans
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking rice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp American cheese (3 ounces)
  1. In skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is brown and onion is tender; drain off fat.
  2. Sprinkle meat mixture with chili powder, salt and garlic salt. Stir in undrained tomatoes, undrained beans, uncooked rice, water and green pepper.
  3. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  4. Top with cheese. Cover and heat until cheese melts, about 3 minutes longer. Sprinkle with crushed corn chips, if desired.

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When my husband got married, I could not cook very much. I searched cookbooks for recipes. I have been fixing this recipe for 32 years now. Our family has enjoyed it through the years. We call it Texas Skillet Dinner. I replace the kidney beans with with chili beans and serve over fritoes, with a salad on the side. So good!

I also substitute the beef for ground turkey

In SA , we do not eat kidney beans. Those are Yankee beans. We eat pintos and we do eat rice. I love Spanish rice. No Black beans for a true Texan. Read your TX. Ranger history.

I have been making it for 60 years, except I don't put in beans and I use elbow macaroni instead of rice. In Texas we are not very big on rice. I call mine, Slumgullion. Slumgullion is a name for anything that dopesn't have a name.LOl. They serve it in school cafeterias, and call it Texas Goulosh. I NEVER leave out the chili powder. I prefer Mexene brand. Everyone I have ever served this to loves it. It is a big hit with children. When I want to make a one dish meal of it, I add frozen corn. If you use canned corn, use the juice from the corn as part of the liquid. I sometimes use tomato sauce or tomato paste. REAL quick and real good meal for when you are in a hurry.

Rice is so Southern! As another Texan, I can't believe you don't eat it much. I wondered if this would be good with Spanish rice? Do agree about adding pinto beans instead of kidney beans, but black beans would be aptly Mexican. I like the addition of corn.

Hello dragonmum, No that won't change the time. Thanks for commenting!

Does it change the cooking time to leave the beans out? Nobody in my house will eat beans in their chili. lol

Did you try black beans? I hate other types of beans, but putting black beans instead of kidney beans really makes it taste much better!


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