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Beef Barley Skillet

This versatile dish goes together fast since it's made with quick-cooking barley. You can make it with ground turkey or chicken, and any color bell pepper that you have on hand. —Irene Tetreault, South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped parsley, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, celery and green pepper over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up beef into crumbles, 5-7 minutes; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until barley is tender, 5-10 minutes. If desired, top with chopped parsley.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This dish goes together fast and is really versatile. It can be made with ground turkey or chicken, or stir in leftover cooked meat toward the end of cooking.
  • The texture is thick and hearty. If you want it more stew-like, add another can of diced tomatoes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 362 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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    • gayleputt
      Apr 26, 2020

      This is a simple but delicious recipe. My picky husband and I both love it.

    • Tomcatlover
      Nov 20, 2018

      I used ground turkey, as suggested,