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Southwestern Beef and Rice Skillet

10 reviews

I like to serve this kicked-up skillet dish with warm flour tortillas and a side of guacamole. If you like things a little spicier, add more jalapeno and enjoy the heat! —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida

Taco Platter

2 reviews

“We love Southwest-flavored foods and this fun recipe is a favorite,” writes June Barrus from Springville, Utah. “If you like...

Texican Rice Salad

This dish is a favorite of my husband's and makes use of the plentiful rice grown in our area. I...

Pronto Beef and Rice

"This is a simple yet satisfying meal, especially when served with a salad and pinto beans," writes Steve Nieswiadomy from...

Calico Main Dish Soup

Serve this hearty soup with a pan of corn bread on a cold winter's night—it'll warm you right down to...

Slow-Cooked Cabbage Rolls

14 reviews

I've worked full time for more than 30 years, and this super slow-cooker recipe has been a lifesaver. It cooks...

Chili Macaroni Casserole

4 reviews

With wagon wheel pasta and popular Tex-Mex ingredients, this beefy main dish from Janet Kanzler of Yakima, Washington is a...

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Mom’s Spanish Rice

20 reviews

My mom is famous for her Spanish rice recipe, the ultimate comfort food. When I want a taste of home,...

Slow Cooker Mexican Dip

8 reviews

My husband and I love to entertain, and we make this hearty seven-ingredient dip often. Using our slow cooker leaves...

Four-Star Chili

1 review

This spicy chili features traditional ingredients like ground beef, green peppers and tomatoes, but carrots and white beans, make it...

Vegetable Beef Skillet

5 reviews

With only 15 minutes of prep time, this one-pan wonder is a tasty lifesaver. Clean up is a breeze, so...

Chipotle Beef & Rice

3 reviews

Made completely in the skillet, this savory, moist mix of ground beef, lime, salsa, peppers and cheese offers creamy comfort....

Haystack Salad

1 review

This recipe comes in handy when it's too hot to be in the kitchen. It really is an all-in-one meal...

Ole Polenta Casserole

6 reviews

With plenty of ground beef and cheese, this layered bake goes over big on the dinner table. Adjust the amount...

Almost Stuffed Peppers

8 reviews

For a quick way to enjoy an old favorite, stir up Jan Roat's stuffed green pepper makings in a skillet....

Western Hash

3 reviews

Believe it or not, I originally heard this recipe on a television commercial! That was many years ago, and I...

Ground Beef and Veggies

2 reviews

Fresh tomato and green pepper add splashes of color to this meaty main dish from Pauletta Bushnell of Lebanon, Oregon....

Slow-Cooker Southwest Beef Stew

7 reviews

I made this stew for my ladies' group at church, and everyone loved it! Best of all, I could start...

Zucchini Beef Casserole

4 reviews

"Everyone in our family always asks me to make this quick-and-easy microwave recipe," relates Lisa Bales of Peru, Indiana. "I...

Beef ‘n’ Rice Enchiladas

50 reviews

With a toddler in the house, I look for foods that are a snap to make. Loaded with beef, cheese...

Hearty Beans and Rice

6 reviews

Filling, fast-fixing and fabulous flavor make this hefty dish sure to become a family favorite. —Barbara Musgrove, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Nacho Rice Dip

Spanish rice mix adds an interesting twist to this effortless appetizer from Audra Hungate of Holt, Missouri. "Every time I...

Beefy Beans ‘N’ Rice

2 reviews

This easy skillet dish has a nice barbecue flavor that goes over well in winter.—Rebecca Roberts, Odessa, Texas

Beef & Black Bean Soup

11 reviews

I lead a busy life, so I'm always trying to come up with timesaving recipes. This zippy and colorful soup...

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Meatball Skillet Meal

5 reviews

With colorful vegetables and nicely seasoned meatballs, this hearty dinner offers a lot of flavor for not a lot of...

Grandma’s Rice Dish

20 reviews

My grandmother often made rice dishes when I was young. I forgot about this casserole until I found myself one...

Party-Pleasing Beef Dish

2 reviews

"I often prepare this mild spaghetti sauce-like mixture when I'm not sure how many guests are coming," says Glee Witzke...

Beefy Spanish Rice

3 reviews

This recipe can be altered to fit any taste by adjusting how spicy and saucy you make it. On occasion,...

Louisiana-Style Taco Soup

1 review

“This is one of my family’s favorite quick and easy soups on a cold winter’s day,” Julie Whitlow attests from...

Contest-Winning Cajun Cabbage

38 reviews

Looking for a different treatment for cabbage? Try this spicy cheese-topped dish that I adapted from a friend's recipe. I...