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 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 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 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 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 212092
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

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

arrader 191087
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

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

Pinstripes 193448
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"Loved it!"

proesner 112963
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

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

Joanne Elizabeth 193529
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"Awesome recipe sending it on to others"

kathleen ng 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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