This easy tomato beef on rice recipe is incredibly delicious and a family favorite! It’s an appetizing dinner that can be made quickly and it’s freezer friendly!
Tomato beef on rice is one of those comfort foods you crave after a long day at work. It’s comforting, delicious, warming and filling. It’s also incredibly flavorful, made with simple ingredients that will please everyone. I personally love it because it uses simple ingredients that are always available at the stores and can be neatly frozen to be served as a quick dinner on those nights when I am too tired to cook. I’ll go over how to freeze this tomato beef on rice dish and make it baby-friendly so that the entire family can enjoy it too.
How to Serve Tomato Beef
My favorite way to serve this dish is over rice! That way the rice soaks up all those delicious tomato juices. I also love to top it off with some fluffy scrambled eggs. There’s something about the scrambled egg beef combo that just works so well. Plus, adding eggs will provide extra protein on nights when you’re feeling especially hungry. Finally I like to garnish it with some chopped green onions to give it an extra bit of flavor. You can also serve it over quinoa or even mashed potatoes or roasted veggies. Anything that would go well with that delicious, creamy, sauce.
Can Tomato Beef Sauce Be Frozen?
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s freezer friendly! Let the tomato beef sauce and rice come to room temperature and place them separtely in a container or freezer friendly bag and keep frozen for up to 3 months. Having ready-to-eat meals in freezer is a great idea for expecting moms, it’s one of the 5 newborn essentials I outlined here.
Once you are ready to serve it, place the bags in the fridge overnight to thaw, remove from bag and re-heat it easily on the stove or microwave. Alternatively, if you want a quicker thaw, run the bags under cold water until the contents can be loosened easily, then pop it out into a heat-proof bowl and microwave. Fry up some fresh eggs and garnish with green onions and a full family dinner made in almost no time.
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Can Ground Turkey Be Used Instead of Beef?
Yes! While beef’s buttery properties compliments the acidity from the tomatoes, ground turkey or chicken can be used instead of ground beef to make a lighter alternative. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s very forgiving so you can play with what you have on hand.
How to Make Tomato Beef on Rice for Baby
This tomato beef on rice meal can be modified for baby by omitting the sugar and ketchup. Just set a portion of the sauce aside and add some red bell peppers to sweeten it naturally, cook it for 2 minutes. Once it cools down, pulverize it in a food processor and serve it with the ground beef, rice and eggs.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 tsp avocado oil (or any neutral oil)
- 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 3-6 tbsp water (see note 1)
- 2 tsp brown sugar, or to taste
- 2 tbsp ketchup, or to taste
- 4 eggs, scrambled
- Optional: green onions
- White rice, cooked
- Steam rice in rice cooker or pot.
- Pan fry onion on medium heat with oil until translucent.
- Add ground beef, fry until browned, drain, set aside.
- In a small pot, add tomatoes with water, let it simmer on medium heat until the tomatoes have broken down and the sauce has thickened.
- Add ketchup to taste.
- Add sugar to taste, depending on level of acidity preferred.
- Add the cooked ground beef and onions, stir until combined, keep warm.
- Cook scrambled eggs on a frying pan.
- Serve tomato beef sauce on top of steamed white rice with scrambled eggs. Garnish with green onions if desired.
1. How much water needed will depend on how juicy the tomatoes are. Add just enough water to allow the tomatoes to break down without burning.
2. Read post on how to freeze tomato beef and how to modify it for baby.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 679Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 360mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 52g