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One Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice

One skillet ground beef and wild rice with onion, garlic, bell pepper and rainbow chard is a quick and easy one-pot meal that results in a lovely well-balanced dinner.

One-Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice with onion, garlic, rainbow chard, and bell pepper - an easy, quick well-balanced meal recipe ready in under 1 hour | TheRoastedRoot.net

When it comes to cooking dinner at home, I generally aim for three things: 

1.) Affordability – I like to keep it inexpensive…no need for pretention in my household! 

2.) Nutrient-Dense  – I go for balanced meals that contain all three macros – protein, fat, and carbs. Bonus points for fiber, vitamins and minerals! I find that meals that hit all three are very satisfying 

3.) Quick to Prepare – While I love cooking, I don’t typically want to spend a huge chunk of time on cooking, so I try to keep it around 30 minutes, or at the very most, 1 hour.

My skillet recipes fit all three criteria, and this ground beef and wild rice recipe is no exception!

Onion, garlic, bell pepper, ground beef, wild rice, broth, and rainbow chard is all we need to make this beauty happen! The combination of flavors is fresh and the meal itself is super satisfying! You can serve it up with a side salad or roasted veggies if you’re looking for even more vegetable power!

Let’s make it, shall we?

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How to Make Ground Beef & Wild Rice Skillet:

Heat the avocado oil to medium-high in a cast iron skillet. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes.

Move onions off to the side and add the hunk of ground beef. Sear the beef for 2 to 3 minutes per side before breaking it up into smaller pieces with a spatula.

Add the garlic, bell pepper, herbs, rice, and broth and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat, cover the skillet, and cook at a gentle simmer for 40 minutes, or until much of the liquid has absorbed.

Add the chopped rainbow chard, replace the cover and cook until chard has wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir well and serve!

How to Make this Low-Carb/Keto/Paleo:

If you’re eating grain-free, you can skip the whole process of adding rice and broth – simply cook until the beef is cooked through and rainbow chard has wilted, and you’re good to go!

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Recipe Adaptations:

  • For grain-free, omit the rice and broth and simply cook until beef is cooked through.
  • Swap the onion and bell pepper for any of your favorite vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, and butternut squash would be amazing
  • You can use spinach or kale instead of rainbow chard
  • Omit the onion and garlic and replace with 1 tbsp ground ginger to make low-FODMAP

Serving Suggestions:

While this recipe can absolutely be consumed on its own as a complete meal, here are some dishes that I believe will go well alongside it:

One skillet recipes for life!

One-Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice with onion, garlic, rainbow chard, and bell pepper - an easy, quick well-balanced meal recipe ready in under 1 hour | TheRoastedRoot.net
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One-Skillet Ground Beef and Wild Rice

A quick and easy one-skillet meal with ground beef and wild rice
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper cored and chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup wild rice
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth or chicken broth
  • 1 small bunch rainbow chard chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the avocado oil to medium-high in a cast iron skillet. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Move onions off to the side and add the hunk of ground beef. Sear the beef for 2 to 3 minutes per side before breaking it up into smaller pieces with a spatula.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the rainbow chard and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat, cover the skillet, and cook at a gentle simmer for 40 minutes, or until much of the liquid has absorbed.
  • Add the chopped rainbow chard, replace the cover and cook until chard has wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir well and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4 | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 24g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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Karen

Monday 4th of December 2023

I’m having the same problem as others. My pan has been simmering for over 50mins now and the rice is still not cooked. I’ve had to keep adding broth as the broth has evaporated but the rice is not cooked.

Theresa

Sunday 29th of October 2023

I had to use what i had on hand. For substitutions I used olive oil, green pepper, dried minced onion, and dried smoked chopped garlic salt, concentrated beef base, as well as a can of spinach. I also cooked the wild rice separate with the beef base, only because my husband wanted it that way. When all was done we mixed it together, it was very good! :)

Julia

Wednesday 1st of November 2023

Thanks so much for sharing, Theresa! This is super helpful to others who may want to try the same changes. I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback! xo

Jen

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Yikes - just made this and didn’t know it was COOKED wild rice.

Susan

Sunday 11th of April 2021

I cooked it with raw rice. It was delicious!

Susan

Sunday 11th of April 2021

@Julia,

Julia

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Hi Jen - it's not. You use uncooked wild rice and cook it into the meat with the broth :)

Stephanie Avera

Sunday 24th of November 2019

One of my favs by far

Eileen Soderstrom

Saturday 16th of September 2023

@Deb, i agree. The wild rice did not cook.

Deb

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

You might want to clarify that the wild rice should be cooked prior to adding with the rest of the ingredients. I assumed that the cook time would be enough to soften rice....it wasn't. Otherwise, the taste was fine.

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