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Hearty Skillet Supper

When the weather starts turning cooler, I start to hear requests for this dish. The light soy, onion and garlic flavors blend nicely with fresh carrots and potatoes in this budget-minded recipe. —Pat Jensen, Cottonwood, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the carrots, potatoes, water and rice.
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the rice and vegetables are tender. Just before serving, stir in the soy sauce, salt and pepper.
Long grain rice has a length 4 to 5 times that of its width. When cooked, it produces light dry grains that separate easily.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 329 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1140mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Faye
    Jun 25, 2020

    Delicious! I agree with the other ratings that say this tastes better with some tomato aspect- i added some bouillon. It also took me an extra while to get the potatoes all cooked, but that's probably the work of my shoddy knife skills, lol. The star taken off is because it DEFINITELY needed more liquids- i added maybe a full cup more of water so that it wouldn't dry out as i waited for the potatoes and rice to be fully cooked. This recipe definitely could use some adjustments on that.

  • Debbie
    May 31, 2020

    I dressed it up a bit to my taste. I put in some celery, season salt instead of regular salt. I added beef bullion , some more water and oregano and a bay leaf. Plus a can of tomato sauce. Then ate it with some flour tortillas. It was delicious!! Sometimes instead of giving a bad review you have to add your taste to it .....everyone has different taste.

  • Jane
    Dec 11, 2019

    Made this last night it was delicious. my roommate took leftovers to work today, he text me to tell me how the people at work loved the smell of it as he eat it. So this is a recipe that is great when you first make it and just as delicious the next day too.

  • Mark
    Nov 20, 2019

    I added chicken stock, celery, amino acids, more garlic, tomato paste cube from frozen, dried basil. This is kinda the way I cook. Single 64 and disabled so I have to use it all or go hungry. I didn't think I was a good cook but with all the good reviews and lots of my throw together dinners maybe I am! Thanks for the confidence. M

  • Robbi
    Nov 3, 2019

    So good! I made it last night for my husband, 1 yr old daughter, and 2 of my husband's fellow Marines. I doubled the recipe to accommodate all of us, and lots of garlic because we love garlic, and the men were happy just smelling it cooking. My daughter actually loved it and I couldn't keep up with her demand for another scoop every few minutes. Seeing them all happily eating it made me feel great, best compliment ever. Everyone ate two plates worth and left nothing behind! It is a bit moist especially if you're making a lot like I did but it's like a better heartier hamburger helper. I served King's Hawaiian round bread with it and it was delicious!

  • wendy
    May 12, 2019

    I enjoyed this one, other reviews are mixed. Used it as a side dish, I was never a big casserole fan and this is what it reminds me of. Chicken stock added instead of water, and you had to add additional otherwise it would of dried out. Will make again, but double the rice.

  • kimcochrane
    Jan 28, 2018

    No stars! I have never submitted comments about a recipe, so this should tell you a lot. This dish has no flavor. I’m surprised it’s a Taste of Home recipe. It had no flavor, even after substituting beef broth for the water. My husband asked me to delete this recipe so I would not mistakenly make it again.

  • celliott
    Dec 30, 2017

    We loved this dish! My son stood over the pan drooling, so in the interest of faster, more even cooking, I used a mandoline to slice the carrots and potatoes instead of dicing. Perfect!

  • shyanne12
    Sep 22, 2017

    this recipe was the family couldn't get enough of it.was made two nights in a row.

  • SMoskwa
    Sep 3, 2017

    This doesn't deserve any stars. Everyone hated it. Not only was it dry, but extremely bland--unless you enjoy the taste of excessive salt. Very disapppointed in this one.