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Ground Beef and Broccoli

This Ground Beef and Broccoli is an easy 30 minute meal with a simple, flavorful sauce that your family will love eating with vegetables!

A bowl of rice with Ground Beef with Broccoli on top with bell peppers and green onions.

Ground Beef and Broccoli

I can’t pass up a good stir fry recipe, especially one that is truly a 30 minute meal.

You can make this recipe with ground beef, chicken, or turkey. Feel free to add in whatever vegetables you have on hand as well. It even makes a great freezer meal to reheat for easy, healthy lunches and dinners!

So….you sold yet?! See how easy this is to make below and don’t miss my pro tips for this recipe.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Sauté the broccoli in oil for about 4-5 minutes, set aside. Add ground beef and onions and cook/crumble over medium-high heat. Drain grease. Add bell peppers and cook for 1 minute. 

Skillets with broccoli and ground beef with bell peppers.

Add sauce mixture and bring to a gentle boil. Let it simmer/reduce for 2-3 minutes. Remove cornstarch mixture from the fridge and give it a shake. Slowly stir it into the sauce. Let it continue to bubble gently until desired thickness is obtained.

Reduce heat to low. Add broccoli back and stir to combine and heat through. Garnish with green onions and serve.

Making Ground Beef with Broccoli in a skillet with bell peppers.

Keto Ground Beef and Broccoli

  • Cauliflower rice can be used instead of regular.
  • Brown Sugar and Honey can be replaced with more keto-friendly sweeteners. I do feel that sweetener of some sort is necessary in this recipe to balance out the savory flavor from the soy sauce and beef broth.
  • Consider skipping the cornstarch.

Pro Tips

  • Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken may also be used in this recipe.
  • Frozen Broccoli may also be used. Thaw and pat dry and proceed as outlined in the recipe.
  • Ingredient Additions include julienned carrots, water chestnuts, celery, kale, and more.
  • Topping Options include green onions, roughly chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, crunchy chow mein noodles, and sliced almonds.
  • To Control the Sodium in this recipe, consider using low sodium soy sauce and/or reduced sodium broth.
  • Tip for cooking rice: Add chicken bouillon to the water for added flavor. Let it stand in the pot with the cover on for 10 minutes after simmering to let the rice release from the bottom.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. (Leftovers do freeze well!)

A bowl of ground beef and broccoli over rice with bell peppers.

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Ground Beef and Broccoli

5 from 17 ratings
This Ground Beef and Broccoli recipe is an easy 30 minute meal with a simple, flavorful sauce that your family will love eating with vegetables!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil, can sub vegetable or olive
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, washed and patted dry
  • 3 cups cooked rice, any kind
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • Salt/White Pepper, to taste

Sauce

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

Prep Work

  • Combine cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons water in a covered container and shake to combine. Place in a cool location.
  • Combine remaining sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Cook the Broccoli

  • Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the broccoli and toss to coat. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until slightly softened. Remove and set aside.

Cook the Beef

  • Season the beef with salt/white pepper if desired. Cook and crumble the ground beef and diced onions over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through. Drain grease. Add sliced bell peppers and cook for 1 minute.

Add the Sauce

  • Add sauce mixture and bring to a gentle boil. Let it simmer/reduce for 2-3 minutes. Remove cornstarch mixture from the fridge and give it a shake. Slowly stir it into the sauce. Let it continue to bubble gently until desired thickness is obtained.

Add the Broccoli Back

  • Reduce heat to low. Add broccoli back and stir to combine and heat through. Garnish with green onions and serve over rice!

Notes

  • Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken may also be used in this recipe.
  • Frozen Broccoli may also be used. Thaw and pat dry and proceed as outlined in the recipe.
  • Ingredient Additions include julienned carrots, water chestnuts, celery, kale, and more.
  • Topping Options include green onions, roughly chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, crunchy chow mein noodles, and sliced almonds.
  • To Control the Sodium in this recipe, consider using low sodium soy sauce and/or reduced sodium broth.
  • Tip for cooking rice: Add chicken bouillon to the water for added flavor. Let it stand in the pot with the cover on for 10 minutes after simmering to let the rice release from the bottom.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1140mg, Potassium: 855mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 1357IU, Vitamin C: 101mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 4mg

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44 comments on “Ground Beef and Broccoli”

  1. Absolutely delicious!!

  2. My husband and I loved this! Such good flavor. I especially loved how simple it was. With a 2 year old and a 2 month old, I need all the simple recipes I can get! 

    • Hey Makenzie! I am soo happy that you enjoyed this meal! It’s definitely become one of my regulars for the family as well, we all devour it! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a review! 🙂 I really appreciate it, I know that you are a super busy mom!! -Stephanie

  3. This was delicious and will definitely make again.  It looked just like the picture 

  4. Easy and delicious! Even my picky 11yo liked it!

  5. Hi quick question is it 508 calories with the rice or just ground beef?

  6. It was very delicious. Followed the recipe but next time I make it , I will add mushrooms to it

    • Happy to hear you enjoyed it Gale! I love it with mushrooms! My husband is a mushroom wimp so I usually have to leave them out😂. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  7. Going to try this evening sounds delicious. One suggestion in the direction I don’t see a mention of when to combine the Rice. New cooks might be confused.
    Thank you

  8. Quick easy meal my husband loved it and he’s a very picky eater and does not like to try new things 

    • I am SO happy to hear that! You made my day, pleasing picky husbands isn’t easy 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a review, I really appreciate it!! -Stephanie

  9. Great recipe that is easy to customize! I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier so I used ground turkey and fresh garden vegetables. The sauce was delicious and easy to make. I highly recommend!

    • I am so happy to hear that Stacy, I love that you used turkey, I do that often as well! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review!! -Stephanie

  10. Huge hit with my family! Great different use of ground beef. Could even see using chicken. 

    • I’m so happy this was a hit with the family!❤️ Definitely a great way to get the family eating some broccoli. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

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