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Zucchini Beef Skillet

This is a speedy summer recipe that uses up those abundant garden goodies: Zucchini, tomatoes and green peppers. —Becky Calder, Kingston, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, crumble beef and cook with onion and pepper over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Stir in seasonings, vegetables, water and rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from heat; let stand until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
2 cups: 470 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 749mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • HomeChefColleen
    Feb 10, 2021

    Yum! Quick and tasty. Made plenty for leftovers!

  • Barbara
    Aug 11, 2020

    I found that I had to add a little more water to cook the rice adequately. When the directions said to bring to a boil, there was not enough liquid in the pan to boil.

  • George
    Jul 31, 2020

    I made it with Jimmy Dean Italian sausage rather than ground beef. I also substituted a can of mild Rotel for the chopped tomatoes and I added 1/2 tsp. ground roasted fennel seeds. After cooking the sausage, I added the vegetables and seasonings, brought it to a boil, covered and cooked it for 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Instead of the water, I didn't drain the Rotel; so that liquid plus that added by cooking the zucchini and Rotel made enough liquid for the rice. Finally, I added the rice, covered and cooked it another 10 minutes on medium-low. The combination of the chili powder and ground roasted fennel seeds makes an incredibly great tasting dish.

  • Yennis
    Jul 24, 2020

    I followed the recipe except I omitted the cheese and substituted 2 cups of cauliflower rice for the regular rice and - voila! - a lo-carb dish!. The calories were halved,too - an added bonus to such a delicious dish! Definite keeper! Thanks, Taste of Home!

  • Donna
    Jul 23, 2020

    I fixed this for dinner. It was good. I substituted yellow squash for zucchini, I liked it. My zucchini was spoiled. I also used yellow rice instead of white. My sister who lives with me had 2 servings.

  • Beth
    Jul 19, 2020

    I decided to incorporate pasta after reading some suggestions. I cooked it first, then the ground beef. Setting them aside I cooked the zucchini, then lots of garlic cloves. My honey wanted corn so I tossed in a can of Trader Joes which is sweet and crunchy. Others suggested more sauce and that appealed to me so I used Italian stlye tomato sauce and paste. After tossing it all in a large frypan (love one-pot cooking) I let it simmer to set the flavors. It's a very good tasty recioe and my wife says its a hit.

  • Linda
    May 30, 2019

    Your instructions need revision. I cooked ground beef, drained and removed from skillet. Had I left in, it would have been overcooked and dry. I cooked onions separately and then added other ingredients. Zucchini, no matter how thin it’s sliced needs time to cook. I added ground beef after zucchini was al dente butnext time I would add Instant rice later. I will make again but change the instructions and add more spice.

  • Kristin
    Dec 2, 2018

    i enjoyed this. I made it largely as is, but subbed for what I had on hand. I used ground turkey for beef (I usually do), frozen beggies fo one of the zucchini, and canned diecd tomatoes w/green chili for the fresh tomatoes. i omitted the water since I used the juice from the can. I also tried a little cajun seasoning but I was worried about the saltiness, so I also added curry powder and that was great. I put the cheese on top as directed and that tasted better than I thought. I usually don't use cheese in savory dishes, but it turned out quick

  • Carroll
    May 23, 2018

    Since Instant Pot and similar devices are so prevalent please add or modify changes needed of the iPot.

  • 30yearcook
    May 23, 2018

    Super quick and easy. Family liked it. I did add the Cajun seasoning as suggested by other commenters. I also had to add more water.