This budget-friendly, easy Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl is lip-smackingly good, endlessly adaptable, and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner! What’s not to love about buttery rice, unctuous ground beef, tangy tomatoes, and earthy garbanzo beans? Ready in thirty, I bet you have everything you need to make this incredibly tasty and super-filling meal in your pantry right now!
Ingredients For Beef And Tomato Rice Bowl
What I love the most about this Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl recipe is how ridiculously versatile it is. But before we get into variations, let’s go over the ingredients you’re going to need:
- Ground Beef – adds flavor and bulk to the mixture. You can substitute ground beef with plant-based ground beef or minced mushrooms.
- Onion and Garlic – these aromatics help build depth and add flavor. Use 1 tablespoon of onion powder or 3 tablespoons of dried onion flakes as a substitute for the fresh onion. To substitute the fresh garlic, use a 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic.
- Diced Tomatoes – add acidity that helps cut through the fattiness of the beef and increases the bulk. You can substitute the diced tomatoes with equal parts fresh tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce. However, depending on your substitution, the texture of the beef mixture will change.
- Chickpeas – add earthiness and increase bulk. Substitute with your favorite canned bean, just make sure they are drained. If you want to use dry beans, you will need to rehydrate them first and cook through.
- Oregano, Cumin, and Red Pepper Flakes – all add flavor. Substitute with 3/4 teaspoon of your favorite spice blend.
- Rice – We used Jasmine rice, but feel free to use whatever rice you have on hand. You can also serve the beef mixture over cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes, or over a bed of wilted greens.
- For a vegan version of this dish, use your favorite plant-based ground beef alternative and substitute the chicken broth with veggie broth. Use soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce.
- To add bulk and increase servings, consider adding diced carrots or potatoes, chopped spinach or kale, or sliced mushrooms or zucchini to the beef mixture.
- Skip the rice and serve the beef mixture over Riced Cauliflower, Mashed Potatoes, or Roasted Vegetables.
- Serve the dish with some of your favorite toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, or a side of sliced avocado.
How To Store Leftovers
You can store Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl leftovers in an air-tight container for up to four days in the fridge. They will keep up to four months in the freezer. If freezing, cover the surface with plastic wrap or parchment before sealing the container, which prevents freezer burn. If meal prepping, refrigerating, or freezing, add the beef mixture to the container first and then top it with the rice. This will prevent the rice from absorbing all of the sauce. You can reheat leftovers in a microwave. Cook in 30-second increments until the beef mixture is steaming.
Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl
This budget-friendly, easy Beef Tomato Rice Bowl is lip-smackingly good, endlessly adaptable, and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!
- 2 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.08)
- 1/2 lb ground beef ($4.00)
- 1 3/4 tsp salt, divided ($0.05)
- 1 yellow onion, diced ($0.42)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced ( $0.10)
- 1/2 tsp oregano ($0.05)
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin ($0.03)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ($0.03)
- 1 can diced tomatoes, 15 oz ($1.00)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth ($0.08)
- 1 can chickpeas, 15 oz, drained ($0.79)
- 2 cups rice ($0.85)
- 3 cups water ($0.00)
- 2 Tbsp salted butter ($0.28)
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes ($0.02)
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Set a deep stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat and add the cooking oil. Once the oil has warmed, add the ground beef and sprinkle it with a 1/2 teaspoon salt. Once the beef has browned, remove it from the pan and set aside. Keep about 2 tablespoons of rendered fat in the pan.
Add the diced onion to the pan and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the beef back to the pan with oregano, ground cumin, and Worcestershire sauce. Top the meat with the diced tomatoes and their juices. Stir to combine.
Add the chicken broth and drained chickpeas to the beef mixture. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir to combine. Cover the pan and cook until the chickpeas soften, about 20 minutes.
While the beef mixture cooks, add the rice to a rice cooker, alonf with the water, salted butter, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt.
When the beef and tomato mixture finishes cooking, sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Divide the rice into four bowls and top with the beef mixture.
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How to Make Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl – Step by Step Photos
Set a deep stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Once the oil has warmed, add the 1/2 pound of ground beef and sprinkle it with a 1/2 teaspoon salt. As the beef browns, use a wooden spoon to break up large chunks into smaller pieces. Once the beef has browned, remove it from the pan and set aside. Keep about 2 tablespoons of rendered fat in the pan.
Add the diced onion to the pan and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Next, add the 2 minced cloves of garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the beef back to the pan along with 1/2 teaspoon of oregano, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Then top the meat with one 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes and their juices. Stir to combine.
Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth and one 15-ounce can of drained chickpeas to the beef mixture. Then sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir to combine. Cover the pan and cook until the chickpeas have softened, about 20 minutes.
While the beef mixture cooks, add 2 cups of rice to a rice cooker, along with 3 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of salted butter, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook. If you don’t own a rice cooker, check out our blog post on How To Cook Rice.
When the beef and tomato mixture is finished cooking, sprinkle with a pinch of red pepper flakes, or more to taste. Then, divide the rice into four bowls and top with the beef mixture. Finally, sit back and enjoy this hearty meal you’ve made with very minimal effort!
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