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Quick and Easy Beef and Rice Dinner

Quick and easy dinners are the best! If you need an easy dinner idea for this week try this easy beef and rice dinner. 

Easy Beef and Rice Dinner

If you are anything like me than you love easy dinner recipes. We are all busy. We need quick and easy recipes that our whole family will enjoy.

Easy beef and rice is just that. This is a simple six ingredient dinner. It contains ingredients that you probably have on hand. It is also normal food that is gluten free.

Easy Beef and Rice Dinner

This recipe is adapted years ago from my quick and easy beef and barley dinner. (If you click over to that beef and barley recipe please ignore the really bad pictures and post. Because I eat gluten free I can’t have barley anymore and I haven’t been able to update that post. However, if you can have barley and enjoy it, the barley version is a great recipe too. )

This beef and rice dinner is a main dish. You can add salad or vegetables to it and have an easy dinner.

If you want to make it a side dish, just leave the ground beef out. If you want to change up the meat use ground turkey or chicken. Ground venison works as well. 

Easy Beef and Rice Dinner

A couple of people in my family have been known to add cheese to theirs when they eat it. Cheese is not necessary. This is great just like it is.

However, if you have a picky eater in your family sprinkle some cheese on it and they will probably like it even more. 

Beef and Rice Dinner

Yield: 6 servings

Easy Beef and Rice Dinner

Beef and Rice Dinner

Easy beef and rice dinner is a quick and easy recipe that uses six ingredients and is gluten free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 cups beef broth or use water and beef bouillon ( If you are gluten free be sure your broth or bouillon is gluten free)
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Drain off any fat.
  2. Stir in rice and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until rice is slightly opaque.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover and simmer for about 20-22 minutes or until rice is tender.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 708mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 25g


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  1. Wow! That does look really easy (and really good) =D.

  2. We made this for our family of 6. I use the 1.25 # ground turkey. I took the broth to 4 cups and used 2 cups long grain brown rice. I didn’t use the chili powder. My husband thought it smelled awful but was delighted that it tastes ok- much like a rice r roni. Thank for the idea!


  3. We are trying this tonight – I found it through tipnut. Thanks so much!

  4. i am going to make tonight….busy soccer night…but instead of diced tomatoes i am going to use salsa instead because it is what i have……really enjoy the ebook cookbook my family wants to try all dishes

  5. My mom used to make something like this with Minute Rice. I’ve tried to make it healthier with brown rice but the rice never seemed to soften, no matter how much water I kept adding. I figured the acid of the tomato kept it from softening, much like would happen with cooking beans. Do you think for this dish, I’ll have to stick with white rice?
    I can go back to the drawing board with starting with more water/broth in the first place.

    • I have never used brown rice in this, so I am not sure. You may be right though it may have to do with adding the tomatoes etc. to it.

  6. I’m making this now. No one in my house can (or will!) do onions so I subbed a few chopped mushrooms and bell peppers. I can see a lot of ways you can modify this to keep it interesting.

    I used to make something similar with macaroni instead of rice and Italian tomato paste. I called it homemade hamburger helper. My kids have never been fans of the boxed stuff (or canned) and this is way better anyway. I never thought to use broth though…

    I think my kids dislike of the boxes stuff comes from the sitter who used to feed them generic tuna helper. I think it had mushroom soup…?

    • I hope that you enjoy it! I agree there are a lot of ways you could change this up depending on what you like or have on hand. I also agree that it is a lot like the boxed helper type meals that many of us have had. I haven’t bought one of those helper meals in years. Homemade versions are always better!

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