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Barley Beef Skillet Recipe

Barley Beef Skillet Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 191084
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I thought this was a good recipe. Its does need more seasoning as I found it a bit bland. I added parm cheese when I was dishing it out."

dorrieo User ID: 1307570 176091
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"This was a delicous meal. easy to make...Recipe makes more than 4 servings...I took turkey stock (as I made mine with ground turkey instead of beef) and added the stock to the leftovers to make a hearty soup"

swankait User ID: 5737856 148862
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"Loved this recipe! To be healthier, substituted ground turkey for ground beef. Also, took the submitter's advice and added some chili powder and tabasco. Delish! Definitely will make again, but probably with more veggies."

ellastar99 User ID: 5722851 148861
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"This was SO GOOD. I made the recipe exactly as posted and I absolutely loved it. The serving size is huge and filling and it just tastes great. Just make this. It's awesome."

cnshumate User ID: 1963793 112962
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I used quick barely and omitted the cup of water and that cut down on the cooking time so that it was a 30 minute meal. I also just added a can of diced tomatoes, drained in order to simplify even more. It was tasty!"

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