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30 Minute Zucchini Ground Beef Rice Skillet

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This Zucchini Ground Beef Rice Skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner. The combination of ground beef and zucchini makes for a hearty comfort meal. If you know that you’re going to have a busy weeknight and need a recipe in less than 30 minutes, this is the one for you!

Make certain to check out our other Quick and Easy Ground Beef Recipes for even more great meal ideas to feed the family fast!

This skillet meal is so good you just might find yourself making it all the time! Add it to your meal planning radar so that you can enjoy the fresh taste of zucchini all year long.

Zucchini Ground Beef Rice Skillet

The great part about this skillet recipe is that it’s simple and easy to make. Cook the beef over medium high heat until it’s no longer pink. Make certain that you give yourself about 25 minutes to cook the reduce and also a bit of time for it to thicken after you reduce heat. Cooking times may vary so pay attention so you don’t burn.

My boys love this recipe as do I. I find that when the farmer’s markets are happening in the summer and fall months, I’m buying up zucchini specifically for this recipe. It’s just that good and flavorful!

Can you cut down the fat content in this recipe?

You can. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef or even considering making skillet chicken thighs with fresh zucchini as well.

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Skillet Dinner Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Thinking about giving meal planning a try? It’s the best way to plan out all your weeknight dinners. I love having all my meals ahead of time so that I can rest and relax throughout the rest of the week. It’s really simple and easy to start meal planning for your family, too.

Vegetable Side: Frozen Asparagus

Starch Side: Chunky Bacon Potato Soup

Refreshing Drink: Blue Mocktail Recipes

Don’t forget Dessert: Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Best Ground Beef Recipes:

Once you make this Easy Ground Beef Recipe, you’re going to wanting other ways to use up that ground beef sitting in your freezer! I hear ya and this is why I’ve gathered up some of my favorite hearty recipes for all of you to try!

This Pineapple Beef Stir Fry is a hit every time that I make it!

The kids love the taste and flavor of this Instant Pot Ground Beef Hash.

This John Wayne Casserole is the perfect way to introduce a tasty meal to your family.

This Easy recipe: Indiana Chowder is a simple 30-minute meal!

Check out this list of Ground Beef Recipes using Taco Seasoning for more tasty meal recipes.

If you’re looking for a hearty meal that everyone will love, check out this Rotel Dip with Ground Beef.

My tummy is always happy when I make up these Ground Beef and Bisquick Recipes.

What are some other delicious ingredients that you can add?

There are always more ingredients to add! You can quickly turn this into a simple pasta recipe, and even add some cooked brown rice at the end, too. Some people even like to mix in a bit of tomato sauce for a different texture, too.

Colorful and flavorful bell peppers add a sweet flavoring and topping it with store-bought cheddar cheese is the perfect ending.

More Zucchini Recipes:

Zucchini Ground Beef Rice Skillet

Zucchini Ground Beef Rice Skillet

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This is such a simple meal for the entire family to enjoy.


  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2-3 zucchini, cut up
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups ofwater


Saute the beef, bell pepper, and onion in a skillet on medium-high heat until the beef is browned all the way. Drain.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir. Cover. Let the mixture come to a boil, reduce the heat and stir as you need to. Cook until the rice is tender, which should take around 20 minutes or so.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 785mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 35g

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