Skillet Dinner Recipes

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October 11, 2011
Skillet Meal


  • 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground meat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 carrots, diced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (or diced tomatoes)
  • 1 can Rotel
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  • 1 large can pinto or kidney beans (or cut corn)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder - optional
  • shredded cheese of your choice (for topping)


Brown meat and onion together, drain grease if necessary. Add carrots, tomatoes, and Rotel. Simmer until carrots are tender. (about 15 minutes) Add beans. Heat thoroughly and serve with cornbread.

You can also enjoy this over cooked egg noodles or rice.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 10- 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 Minutes

Source: my own, opening cans is my specialty these days. ;-)

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 306 Posts
April 8, 2010

Quick and easy. What could be better? Wash and scrub one potato, peel if you want, I don't, cut into 1/2 inch squares, fry for a couple of minutes. If you use hash browns add the same time as hamburger.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
March 29, 2011

In a 10 inch or larger skillet, cook sausage until browned and drain excess fat. Add onions, potatoes, pepper, and thyme and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until potatoes are browned.

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July 21, 2011

This was created one night of things on hand and became a family favorite.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
September 4, 2012

This is a great-tasting, hearty, one-dish meal.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
December 13, 2011
This is a good, inexpensive, and hearty meal.
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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
August 2, 2011

Love the potatoes and cheese soup in this quick and easy Cheddarburger Skillet recipe.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
June 13, 2011

Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl. Shape into meatballs, and roll in flour. Brown in hot oil in skillet over medium heat.


Remove from heat and drain off fat. Arrange meatballs around side of skillet.

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December 19, 2007

Put all ingredients, except rice, in a large skillet. Mix. Cook over medium heat until mixture is bubbling around the edges. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve over rice.

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April 18, 2010

Does anyone have any super easy skillet meal recipes that don't use so much cheese? Thanks.

By Janet from GA


December 30, 20090 found this helpful
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What a fun challenge!
1. Fritata
This is basically scrambled eggs with stuff you like added.
You make it by sauteing the stuff you like for example potatoes and ham and then adding the scrambled eggs and cooking until done...add some shredded cheese and yum. There are so many variations to fritata...have fun.


2. Basic Skillet Dinner
There are so many ways this can be done, the basic guidelines are:
Meat: canned chicken, tuna, ham or fresh meats

veggie: onions, garlic, peppers, whatever you like
starch: potatoes, noodles, rice, barley, ramen package, mac & cheese package
Liquid: Wine, broth, water, milk, bottled sauces, package sauce mixes
Seasonings: get creative

Mix and match these ingredients to make many wonderful creations. When working with rice, I saute the meat and veggies until cooked, add the rice so it saute's a little too, then add as much liquid as the rice will need to finish cooking.

When working with pasta, add it last with the hottest tap water or microwave heated wine and broth. Cook until tender and add additional sauce for example spaghetti sauce if making spaghetti with meat sauce.


I hope my directions and ideas are clear. Let me know if they aren't.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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1/2 head green cabbage, cut in thin slices
1 large onion, cut in thin slices
1/2 polish sausage from loop type package sliced in rounds, or 1/2 pound bulk sausage any flavor, or 1/2 pound ground beef
4 T butter(1/2 stick)
4 T olive or vegetable oil
1 electric fry pan
Soy sauce

Brown bulk sausage or ground beef in pan, and drain most of grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan. If using polish sausage, melt butter and oil together and brown. If using other meats, put meat back in pan after melting butter and oil together. Add cabbage and onions, stirring to coat veggies with the meat-butter oil mixture.


Add soy sauce to taste, and stir to coat. Let cook, stirring occasionally until veggies are as soft as you like them.
Serve as is, or with rice. Serves 2 as is, or 4 with rice. At least it does for my family.

This can be made with any shredded veggies that you like. They must be in long shreds to work though. I have used carrots, potatoes, escarole, parsnips. You can add greens such as spinach or mustard greens near the end, stirring to coat and just until wilted.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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I saw this lady on GMA one morning, 95 years old. Later I bought her cookbook called 'Clara's Kitchen'. this is the skillet recipe she prepared. It's good!


Poor Man's Meal
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 medium to large onion, sliced
4 hot dogs, cut in slices
1/4 cup tomato sauce (I use salsa)
4 Tablespoons oil

1. Heat the oil in skillet, place cubed potatoes and sliced onion in oil. Let the potatoes brown slowly, stirring occasionally.
2. Pour a little water in the pan to help soften the potatoes and to keep them from sticking to the pan.
3. When the potatoes are crisp and golden brown on all sides, add the hot dogs and let simmer about 3 minutes, or until they begin to curl. Add the tomato sauce and turn off the heat. let the meal cook in it's own heat for about 5 minutes.
4. Serve immediately, topped with Pecorino Romano cheese, if desired.

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful
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Brown a pound of ground beef with some chopped onion. Drain the grease. Add 2 cans of plain pork and beans (store brand works fine). Season with Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar (couple of tablespoons each) and barbecue sauce to taste. Heat and eat!

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April 18, 2010

I recently moved into an efficiency apartment and only have a skillet, for stove top cooking. So I need help from anyone with recipes and meals that are easily made in one pan.

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December 28, 2009

Brown beef in skillet, add onions halfway through. (Drain if you prefer) Add beans and corn, simmer till hot. Remove from heat, toss in tomato, lettuce, and corn chips. Top with cheese and serve.

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