Ground Beef & Green Bean Skillet

We are counting down the days of summer and I can’t believe we’re already at less than 3 weeks before the kids head back to school. Feelings are torn around our house – some of us are super excited and others, not so much. Personally, I fall into that not so much category. I love our lazy days, late nights and sleeping in mornings. And it’s just occurring to me that by next week, we’re going to have to start shifting back into our school year sleep routines if we want things to go smoothly those first few weeks. I am SO not ready!

So let’s think about happier things. Food is always a happier a thing, right?

Ground Beef & Green Bean Skillet

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 large tomato, diced and seeded
  • 1 1/2 c. beef stock
  • 1 T. tomato paste

1. Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Start browning the meat and add seasonings. Continue to cook until beef is fully cooked and onions are tender; drain. Stir in green beans, tomato and beef stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer about 10-15 minutes, until green beans are crisp-tender and stock is reduced. Stir in tomato paste and continue to cook another 5 minutes, until sauce is thickened.

This tastes great served over cooked pasta, rice or mashed potatoes. If you want to turn it into a one dish dinner, up the beef stock to 4 1/2 cups total and stir in the pasta with the green beans. Then, cover while simmering, until noodles are cooked. Good stuff!

5 thoughts on “Ground Beef & Green Bean Skillet

  1. I have been making a version of this for years! It was something my ex-husband grew up on. The difference is that we use tomato sauce and French-style beans and have fried potatoes with it instead of pasta. But, I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else. I can attest that this is a very tasty and easy peasy quick meal to make!

  2. Oooh! Thanks for posting this. I grew up having a ‘shepherds pie’ that was basically your beef/beans/tomatoes with mashed potatoes on top – I used to LOVE that stuff. I even made it during and after university. Somehow, though, I’d completely forgotten it.

    Thanks again – I think I’ll make it for supper tonight!

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