Feb 9, 2008

Recipe: El Rancho Beans, Quick Skillet Dinner

Here is a very simple recipe, low in fat, high in fiber which is great for keeping the digestive system moving. It was something that my husband's family started, and I've made often, adding my own little options to the ingredients. To feed a family of 3 adults, or 3-4 if feeding children with smaller appetites you need:
  • 2 Cans Pork 'n Beans (remove the chunks of fat and throw away)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. Ground chicken, ground turkey, or lean ground beef
Optional items:
  • 2 T. Brown Mustard
  • 2 T. Ketchup
  • Chili Powder to Taste
  • 1/2 - 1 Cup Shredded Low Fat Cheddar Cheese
  • Corn
  • Rice 
In a skillet (I love my cast iron skillet) brown the meat with the chopped onion until all are cooked through; empty cans of Pork 'n Beans into the pan and stir in. If you wish, add the optional items, except for the cheese. If you add uncooked rice, make sure there is 2x the amount of liquid in the pan and that the rice is covered with liquid. I like Basmati as it takes a short time to cook. Simmer for approx. 10 minutes. or longer when adding rice...until rice is cooked according to time indicated on rice package. If you wish, top with cheese, cover, turn off heat, and allow cheese to melt over top.

Serve with a nice green salad; you have your carbohydrates in the beans, and you protein in the meat.

Updated 2/9/16 - Image taken by me


  1. These will go great with my Valentine Martini - Chocolate & Strawberries as dessert!

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