Staying on Budget

For people who love money.

Beef Beans and Rice

Beef Beans and Rice is a one pot meal full of fiber and vegetables. It is a complete dish in one bowl. I like to serve a spinach salad on the side.

Beef Beans and Rice is a quick recipe that is also easy on my wallet. This dish is full of nutrient enriched foods. You can make this dish with any ground meat you prefer. I love that it is a one pot meal with very little prep. 

I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2012 Annual Recipes Cookbook. I added onion and garlic to add more flavor to the meat. You can also top it with parmesan cheese or add a little hot sauce. 

Cost Per Serving $3.06 as of December 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $12.24.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 ~ 1/4 cups

Equipment needed: Deep pot or Dutch Oven

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.


Total: $12.24 as of December 2022

  • 1 garlic clove $0.67
  • 1 onion $0.78
  • 1 pound ground beef $5.37
  • 1 box instant rice $2.88
  • 1 can black beans $0.78
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and mild green chilies $0.88
  • 1 bag frozen corn $0.88

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Heat skillet over medium high heat then add:
    • ground beef
    • onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  3. Continue to cook until the beef is brown, drain if needed, then add 1 garlic clove and frozen corn for 2 ~ 3 minutes. 
  4. Add and return to a boil:
    • beans
    • diced tomatoes and green chilies
    • water
    • rice
  5. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and continue to cook for 5 minutes. 
  6. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 7

Side Options

© 2022 Staying On Budget LLC is owned and operated by Staying On Budget LLC.

Staying On Budget LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and earns from qualifying purchases. 

Related articles

Basil and Mozzarella Burgers

Basil and Mozzarella Burgers are probably one of the best tasting burgers I have ever had. The sun-dried tomato mayo really elevates the taste!

Single Serve Meat Loaves

Single Serve Meat Loaves really changed my mind about meat loaf. I love that they are individual portions and packed full of flavor.

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak in this onion soup gravy is the best recipe I have found. It is best with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.

Christin Lee


It is fun to think that there might be a short cut but the reality is planning plus diligence equals financial freedom.

My Favorite Articles