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Greek Style Beef & Rice Skillet: Quick & Delicious: Pilafi me Keema

This beef and rice skillet is loaded with Greek flavor and ready in under an hour. It’s the perfect weeknight meal and so easy to put together.

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Serves 5:

1-pound lean ground beef
¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
7 ounces diced tomatoes
1 bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 and ½ cups Basmati rice

Rinse the rice in a large bowl 4-5 times or until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in cool water for 15 minutes or until the meat is ready.
Combine olive oil and onion in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until soft and golden. About 8 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until soft.
Add ground beef and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Add tomatoes and cook (covered) for about 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft.
Add the diced bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Add the parsley and mix it together.
Drain the rice and add it to the pot along with 1 and ½ teaspoons of salt and 1 and ½ cups of water.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the skillet with the lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Fluff the rice and serve with feta, tzatziki, and a salad. Enjoy!

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  1. James Lynch says:

    This dish is lacking in flavor. It needs some spices.

  2. Jessica Rabbit says:

    Yum- Greek food is the best 💗

  3. Toriana Blade says:

    Oh Dimitra!! You give me tons of inspiration in the kitchen! I love using rice as a medium to deliver complete meals with robust flavors. I made this three days ago with my own twists, everyone LOVED IT!!

    I have my own version of Persian Wedding rice and my own take on Biryani! So this has been added to my repertoire!!

    Btw, it was great with ground turkey as well and was easy to make vegan with mushrooms!!!

  4. LYving Deliciously says:

    So glad i've found your channel! Just found it a couple days ago, already made two dishes! YUMMMMMMM! So making this tonight.

  5. Lisa says:

    I’ve made this several times and it’s such a delicious easy comforting dinner. Thank you I love all of your videos and recipes!

  6. Balkhiya Norbaeva says:

    It is central Asian food Pilaf, Plov and thank you for a recipe

  7. shafmay says:

    This a simple nice recipe to play around wit. I did fuss with it…I added extra salt, extra red and black pepper, 1 tsp cumin dill and parsley and a little butter. Also added some preserved lemon slices when cooking the rice.

  8. Christopher Curcio says:

    This looks delish!

    I'm diabetic and wondering if I could substitute out the rice for quinoa. Also, I made your flat bread and tzatziki and it was amazing. I will never waste money on pita bread from the store again. Never. I like that you can just pop it in the oven or fry it up in a skillet. Very versatile. Thank you so much.

  9. James Rolph says:

    I need that in MY life!

  10. cate curl says:

    Mmmmm. Simple but tasty. There's weekend lunch sorted ⭐

  11. Alex Charalabidis says:

    Delicious and Easy Dimitra!
    Now a family favourite 😋

  12. Jenny Svilicich says:

    Just made this tonight and all I can say is Yummy!! It’s so easy but the taste is absolutely delicious 😋 This recipe will definitely become a regular on our kitchen table. Would highly recommend this recipe. Thanks for Dimitra ❤️

  13. maria benson says:

    Looks amazing, I will put the whole can of diced tomatoes in mine, and use less salt.

  14. yass mine says:

    This looks delicious! I'm gonna makes it vegan and serve it with a salad. 🤗😍

  15. mercurial5810 says:

    She is the best

  16. sretna zvijezda says:

    I love thiss with chili powder and curry🌝🇨🇦

  17. Jenny Kyriakopoulos says:

    Thank you going to make it 😊

  18. m mills says:

    You need your own show on Food Network!!

  19. Stephanie Natour says:

    Hey I noticed your canned tomatoes were from HEB! You live in Texas!? I'm new to the chanel 😀

  20. Skuzapo says:

    The chef looks delicious too imao! What is the ratio of rice to water? 1-1?

  21. Janey Paulie says:

    Looks delicious making it tomorrow for dinner along with your romaine salad recipe 😋

    Question: what are you cooking on. I have an electric stove that I still cannot perfect my recipes on especially rice.

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