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Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet is a delicious yet simple meal made from staple pantry ingredients. This cheesy homemade dinner is quick enough for a weeknight meal and packed full of amazing flavors your family will request time and time again.

An overhead shot of this Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet garnished with fresh chopped parsley

Simple Ground Beef Skillet Recipe

Easy skillet meals are always such a hit with my family. This is one they particularly love. It’s such a simple ground beef recipe with ingredients you probably have at home.

My mother-in-law used to make something similar to this. It was beef patties and sliced onions. I simplified it and added cheese to the mix.

Such humble ingredients combine together for a delicious meal your family will ask for this ground beef and potatoes skillet again and again.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Heavy Cream or Milk
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cheese (of course)
Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet

How to make Cheesy Hamburger and Potatoes Skillet Recipe

  • First dice your onions or use some from the frozen or produce sections of the grocery store.
  • Next slice potatoes really thin. We like to leave the peel on, but you can certainly peel them first. I use a mandoline to get a really nice thin cut.
  • Get a nice seasoned cast iron skillet or your use your favorite skillet that has a lid. I use a 12 inch seasoned cast iron skillet. Cook hamburger meat along with salt and pepper until nicely browned and done. Do not drain the grease for this recipe. It helps cook the potatoes and gives the dish tons of flavor.
  • Add in fresh garlic and onions. You can also use jarred minced garlic or garlic powder if you don’t have fresh.
  • Place sliced potatoes and cream in and stir it all really well.
  • Put on the lid and cook for 20 minutes. Then give it a good stir and mix everything up and move those on the bottom up and give the others time to cook and brown up a bit on the bottom.
  • Place on the lid and cook for 15 more minutes. Check to potatoes to be sure they are done (fork tender). If not, cook another 10 minutes or until potatoes are completely cooked.
  • Once the potatoes are done, sprinkle the cheese on top and put the lid back on. Cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve!
A single serving of this Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet on a dark blue plate

Tips for Beef and Potatoes Success

Tips

  • Make sure not to drain your drippings. You need to grease to cook and season the potatoes.
  • I like to use Russet potatoes, you can also use Yukon gold or a Red potato if that is what you have on hand. Keep it simple and use items you have.
  • Slice the potatoes really thin so they will cook nicely in this short amount of time.
  • If things start to stick badly when simmering, add a little beef or chicken stock or even water. You will notice them sticking a touch and that is okay. I don’t usually do not need to add any liquid. There is enough moisture oil from the hamburger meat and the cream.

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A single serving of this Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet on a dark blue plate with a fork
An overhead shot of this Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet garnished with fresh parsley
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Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy Ground Beef and Potatoes Skillet is a delicious yet simple meal made from staple pantry ingredients. This cheesy homemade dinner is quick enough for a weeknight meal and packed full of amazing flavors your family will request time and time again.
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Ingredients 

  • 1 to 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 to 8 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2 cups of shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, with lid, add in ground beef and crumble with spatula. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and crumble ground beef until done or browned. Do not drain fat off after cooking.
  • Add in diced onion and fresh garlic and stir.
  • Next add in thinly sliced potatoes.
  • Pour in heavy cream or milk and stir to combine.
  • Cover with lid and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Then remove lid and stir well.
  • Place lid back on and cook for another 20 minutes. Check potatoes to see if they are done (tender when pierced with a fork). If not repeat another 10 minutes and check. Cook until potatoes are done.
  • Once potatoes are fork tender, sprinkle cheese on top. Place the lid on skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with parsley or sliced green onion and serve.

Notes

 
  • Make sure not to drain your drippings. You need to grease to cook and season the potatoes.
  • I like to use Russet potatoes, you can also use Yukon gold or a Red potato if that is what you have on hand. Keep it simple and use items you have.
  • Slice the potatoes really thin so they will cook nicely in this short amount of time.
  • If things start to stick badly when simmering, add a little beef or chicken stock or even water. You will notice them sticking a touch and that is okay. I don’t usually do not need to add any liquid. There is enough moisture oil from the hamburger meat and the cream.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 627kcal (31%) Carbohydrates: 42g (14%) Protein: 36g (72%) Fat: 35g (54%) Saturated Fat: 18g (113%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 138mg (46%) Sodium: 364mg (16%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 4g (4%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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50 Comments

  1. I made this I did have to use about a cup of beef broth. We raise our own meat, so it doesn’t have as much fat as store bought. I also added a half quart jar of black beans that I used in another recipe and had to use it up.
    It was good. I had to add salt to my own plate as my husband doesn’t like too much salt. Will make this again!

  2. I would like to make this recipe, but have a question: Can frozen cubed potatoes be used instead of fresh (raw) potatoes? TIA

      1. Very delicious and I used frozen potato cubes! Family really enjoyed this dish 😋.

  3. 5 stars
    We made this skillet for dinner last night and it was delicious! Something both us and the kids will be asking for on a regular basis!