Fast Beef and Rice Recipe

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I'm not much of a cook, but I did receive many recipe requests the first time I made this dish. Using a packaged rice mix makes it so simple to prepare.—Deborah Vahlkamp, Belleville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (6.8 ounces) beef-flavored rice and vermicelli mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2-1/2 cups water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 389 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 837mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, brown the rice mix in butter. Add water and contents of seasoning packet; mix well. Stir in beef. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Fast Beef and Rice in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p221

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DViola User ID: 6210665 107794
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"This was great!"

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 34179
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"This is a great recipe because it is simple, quick and delicious! It's adaptable too for what one has on hand. I didn't have the beef rice so I added an envelope of Lipton beef & Onion soup mix to the cooking water for instant white rice. And a dash of Worchestershire sauce for a little extra flavor! This is a good recipe to keep on hand for nights when you nneed a quick, easy dinner."

Cwidow3 User ID: 5304327 88885
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"I do something very similar to this, I use stew meat and I have no leftovers. I usually cut up a roast myself to help cut costs."

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