Barley Beef Skillet Recipe
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Barley Beef Skillet Recipe

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Even my 3-year-old loves this family-favorite beef skillet. It's very filling, inexpensive and full of veggies. It's also really good spiced up with chili powder, cayenne or a dash of Tabasco. —Kit Tunstall, Boise, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small carrots, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 400 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 10g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add the broth, tomato sauce and water; bring to a boil. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until barley is tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Barley Beef Skillet in Healthy Cooking December/January 2011, p51

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ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 244946
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"This was so easy and yummy! I added an extra tomato and used a 15 oz can of tomato sauce since that's what I had and just reduced the water. A keeper for sure!"

TXmomma User ID: 6248746 108734
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"Such a shame that the previous person posting said they through away the entire thing and likely wasted good food when that is so unnecessary. Rule of thumb: recipes are best used as merely a guideline and then to add to it your own tweaking of spices and flavors that you like. I added more garlic, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, paprika, bay leaf, and a few dashes of worcestershire. Hot garlic bread and green salad made it a great meal here."

Leawalsh User ID: 2804794 115019
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"Sorry, but this just didn't work for us. I had my reservations before I made it but was persuaded by the high reviews. More reviews are needed to get a true picture. Italian seasoning just doesn't work here. Had to throw it all out."

i_like_pie User ID: 1201160 212093
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Made this tonight with ground turkey and 3 carrots and no zucchini. I did like the addition of the parmesan cheese as suggested. It's pretty tasty and filling for what seems to be a healthy meal."

wiscook User ID: 1143528 212092
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"does need more spice, very easy, very good, I will try with ground turkey as some suggest."

arrader User ID: 5742586 191087
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"Use quick cook barley, leave out water. Use can diced tomatoes next time...Good cold weather meal"

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 193448
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"Loved it!"

proesner User ID: 102431 112963
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"We loved this. Very tasty and easy to make."

Joanne Elizabeth User ID: 4910552 193529
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"Awesome recipe sending it on to others"

kathleen ng User ID: 5858988 108726
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"Loved this. Not spicy...good for kids, easy to make, not to many ingredients, really tastey, all round good everyday meal. Thanks!"

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