Low-Fat Skillet Ground Beef and Vegetables

Low-Fat Skillet Ground Beef and Vegetables

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
184 Calories
5g Fat
17g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 184
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 27mg 133%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 946mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

One-dish meals can be a lifesaver when you're short on time and ideas. But, oftentimes, easy one-pot meals are loaded with fat, whether it be from the condensed soup, grated cheese, or other calorie-laden ingredients—especially when you are looking for a recipe that includes ground beef.

This recipe is an exception, combining ground beef with plenty of vegetables to make this hearty supper dish. The trick is to use extra-lean ground beef—and only 8 ounces of it—and fill the skillet with healthy ingredients like celery, onion, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, and zucchini. This easy low-fat skillet meal that can be on the table in 30 minutes.


  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 rib celery, sliced

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 3/4 cup sliced carrots

  • 3/4 cup green beans, trimmed

  • 3/4 cup mushrooms

  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 8 ounces extra-lean ground beef

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Low-Fat Skillet Ground Beef and Vegetables ingredients

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  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

    skillet with oil

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  3. Add celery, onion, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, and zucchini and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add oregano and stir to combine.

    celery, onion, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, and zucchini in a skillet

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  4. Crumble in ground beef and cook, stirring, until no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully drain off any excess fat.

    ground beef added to vegetables in skillet

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  5. Add canned tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce and mix to combine evenly. Simmer for 20 minutes.

    canned tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce added to the ground beef and vegetables in the skillet

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  6. Serve in individual bowls. Enjoy!

    Low-Fat Skillet Ground Beef and Vegetables on a plate

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Other Ground Beef and Vegetable Recipes

To satisfy those family members who need a bit of meat with their vegetables, or to simply serve a hearty meal on a cold evening, there are several other ground beef and vegetable dishes to choose from. Use lean ground beef and feel free to increase the vegetable quantity to give the recipe a healthy boost. Sweet and sour ground beef features a whole bag of frozen vegetables plus a can of pineapple, making this flavorful dish chock full of nutrients. The little bit of sugar combined with ginger and soy sauce will please even the pickiest of eaters. If you have some lean meatballs in the freezer, try a meatball orzo one-dish casserole, which calls for 6 cups of broccoli rabe along with chicken broth, garlic, onion, and a touch of Parmesan cheese, making for a tasty but somewhat lighter meal.

If pasta is a family favorite, give a spaghetti squash casserole with ground beef a try; red and green peppers add to the health factor, and you can decrease the cheddar cheese if you prefer. You can also make the vegetable the dinner's vessel; baked stuffed squash with beef and tomatoes is a fun way to make sure everyone is eating their vegetables. A mixture of lean ground beef, bell pepper, onion, and tomato are spooned into acorn squash halves and baked.