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Ground Beef and Zucchini Skillet Dinner

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If you have zucchini coming out of years from this year’s garden, give this ground beef and zucchini dinner a try. Crumbled ground beef, zucchini, peppers, onions, and more all in one rice-based zucchini hamburger recipe.

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Zucchini hamburger casserole is one of the recipes I reach for a lot for a quick and easy no fuss dinner. In about 30 minutes you have a dinner to serve up your hungry family.

A zucchini casserole with ground beef, rice, tomatoes, peppers, onions all in a family friendly dinner that will even have picky eaters asking for seconds.

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🧅 Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy Prep
  • Quick cook time
  • Versatile in vegetables you use in the dish
  • Affordable
  • Great for meal prepping for lunches
  • Etc
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🥘  Main Ingredients

Ground Beef – I reached for ground beef for this recipe, but feel free to swap with ground turkey, chicken or even ground pork. I think even a ground sausage could compliment the dish nicely.

Zucchini and Veggies – Zucchini is one of my favorites and then the peppers, onions, canned tomatoes, and spices help add even more flavor to the dish. Feel free to play around with vegetables added to empty your produce drawer.

Rice – I used white rice but you are welcome to swap with brown rice if you want a different flavor blend. Then of course I will add in water to help get the rice cooked.

Spices – I did a blend of spices for this dish, chili powder, black pepper, and salt.

🍚How to Make

ground beef and onions and peppers

Start by adding your ground beef and onions and cook it in until crumbled and no longer pink. Once the ground beef is done, drain off grease.

Toss in the red peppers, and add in the spices, rice, and water. Allow the dish to simmer on low for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.

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You will need to stir as needed. Then about 5 minutes before you are ready to serve add in your zucchini and cook to your tenderness, you prefer.

🍴 Expert Tips

  • You can use any type of rice you would like, just make sure that you cook until the rice is fully cooked.
  • Add in other veggies like cauliflower, squash, sliced carrots, etc for more flavor.
  • You could top with cheese at the end for a fun cheesy twist.
  • If you want to make this a cheesy casserole pour into a pan, top with cheese, and bake in the oven till cheese is melted
  • Serve with a side salad, broccoli side dish, etc.

Meal Prep And Storage

This ground beef and rice dish are great for saving back to meal prep for the week. Just place all leftovers in the fridge in single-serve containers.

The vegetables will soften once they are refrigerated, and you go to reheat it. But, otherwise the flavor is very delicious.

👩‍🍳 Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Minute Rice in a Skillet Ground Beef and Zucchini?

I used a white rice for this beef and zucchini recipe. If you want to reach for a Minute Rice go right ahead and use that. You will adjust how long it takes to cook.

How to Know When Zucchini is Ripe?

You want to reach for a brightly colored zucchini that is firm to the touch and not soft. You will find it is more flexible than a cucumber, but not by much.

Can You Eat Zucchini Skin?

Zucchini has a thinner style green skin that is edible. It is up to you if you choose to peel zucchini or eat it without the peel. I will leave the skin on zucchini in almost any recipe I use. We just prefer it that way.

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Ground Beef and Zucchini Skillet Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ground beef and zucchini join forces for this easy and satisfying zucchini skillet recipe. Tons of flavor, easy cook, and prep.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 (15 ounces) can diced tomatoes or mild Rotel
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, you will add your ground beef and diced onions and cook until crumbly and the meat is no longer pink. Drain off the excess grease.
  2. Next, you will add in your red bell pepper, canned tomatoes and juice from can, salt, pepper, pepper, chili powder, and stir well.
  3. Once incorporated, add water and rice and stir the mixture. Make sure the rice is pushed down into the liquid.
  4. Turn heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice s fully cooked.
  5. About 5-10 minutes before the dish is ready, add in your zucchini slices and cook as well to your preference of doneness.
  6. Once your ground beef and zucchini skillet is done, serve it up with your favorite sides.

Notes

You can swap ground beef out with ground turkey, sausage, Kielbasa, etc.

Feel free to play around with the vegetables to fit what you have on hand.

You can swap zucchini with squash.

Go ahead and swap out rice for a different variety, just make sure to cook it longer if needed until the rice is fully cooked.

Store any leftovers in the fridge for up 3-4 days. The vegetables will get softer when you go to reheat the dish.

For added heat add in some red pepper or a splash of hot sauce.

You could swap out seasonings and spices with taco seasoning for a fun Tex-Mex flair.

Feel free to double the recipe, just make sure to have a large enough pan to hold it all. Remember the rice will expand as it cooks.

Top with sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, or any other topping that sounds good.

To reheat if you feel the rice is becoming to dry add a little water or even beef broth to help moisten the rice back up as it heats.

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