Are you in need of a quick and delicious meal option for those busy weeknights? Look no further than this mouthwatering Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ Ground Beef and Potato Skillet! In just under thirty minutes, you can whip up a cheesy, savory dish that will satisfy all your comfort food cravings.
Ingredients to Delight Your Taste Buds
For this delectable skillet meal, we start with lean ground beef, which can be substituted with ground chicken or turkey if desired. However, steer clear of ground turkey breast as it tends to be too dry.
To create the perfect flavor profile, you’ll need two medium-sized potatoes, diced into uniform 1/2 inch cubes. This ensures even cooking and a satisfying texture. Additionally, I recommend using a mix of colorful bell peppers, such as half a green bell pepper and half a yellow, red, or orange one. If simplicity is your goal, feel free to use a single color of bell pepper. Don’t forget an onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, and the essential seasonings: smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
To elevate this dish to new heights of deliciousness, we finish it off with a generous sprinkling of Cheddar cheese and a garnish of fresh green onions. Trust me, every bite is pure bliss.
Cooking Beef and Potatoes: A Perfect Union
For this recipe, I’ve perfected the art of cooking both the beef and potatoes together in one skillet, simultaneously. This innovative approach ensures you only need one pan and saves you valuable time. Through experimentation and determination, I discovered an ingenious solution that guarantees beautifully browned potatoes and perfectly cooked beef. Let me share my secret technique with you!
The key to achieving cooking harmony lies in browning the potatoes first. Once they develop a delightful golden crust, gently move them to one side of the skillet, allowing them to further soften while the ground beef cooks on the opposite side.
What’s fascinating is that even when the pan becomes crowded with additional ingredients, the potatoes retain their alluring color, maintaining that irresistible caramelized flavor. As for the ground beef, gently press it down to ensure it makes good contact with the skillet. By cooking it undisturbed initially, you’ll achieve a rich brown crust, infusing the beef with a depth of flavor that enhances the overall dish.
Simple Steps to Skillet Perfection
To embark on this culinary journey, grab your trusty large skillet, providing ample room for this impressive one-pan recipe. Begin by heating up some oil, then add your potato cubes, spreading them in a single layer. Let them cook undisturbed for two minutes before stirring and cooking for an additional two minutes. Once those potatoes are beautifully browned, move them over to one side of the skillet.
Now, it’s time for the star of the show. Add your ground beef to the other side of the skillet, generously seasoning with salt and pepper. Break up the beef using a wooden spoon or spatula, then spread it out, allowing it to cook undisturbed for several minutes. If you’re using lean ground beef, you shouldn’t encounter excessive grease. However, if desired, you can remove some of the fat and liquid before adding the onions and peppers.
Next, it’s time to introduce the onion, peppers, garlic, and paprika. Dump them all into the skillet, as this is where the magic happens. Stir everything together, marveling at how the carefully browned potatoes and beef retain their enticing colors. Continue cooking, occasionally stirring until the beef is fully cooked, the vegetables have softened, and the potatoes are tender. A simple fork test will reveal if the potatoes are cooked to perfection. If they slide easily onto the fork, you’re good to go. Any resistance indicates they need a bit more cooking time.
It’s crucial to savor the moment as you turn off the heat, watching the shredded cheese melt gloriously over the dish. Finally, garnish with sliced green onions for a fresh touch. While it wasn’t mentioned in the recipe below, I highly recommend topping each serving with a sunny-side-up egg. It transforms this savory skillet dinner into a delightful “Breakfast-For-Dinner” experience.
Note: If you prefer to cook the ground beef and potatoes in separate skillets, you can do so by combining them at the end or when you add the vegetables. Alternatively, use a skillet for the potatoes and cook the ground beef separately in an air fryer.
More Skillet Delights Await You
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