Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet


This ground beef, zucchini, and cheese skillet is my wife's favorite meal. It's a flavorful blend of ground beef, vegetables, and your favorite cheese that will satisfy your whole family!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced white mushrooms

  • 1 (6.5 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • salt and ground white pepper to taste

  • 4 medium zucchini

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and onion in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly and onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  2. Crush stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces in a bowl, then pour into the skillet. Stir in mushrooms, tomato sauce, olives, garlic, salt, and pepper. Let simmer, uncovered, until liquid reduces, 20 to 30 minutes.

  3. Slice zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Add zucchini to beef mixture; cover and cook until zucchni is firm yet tender to the bite, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in Cheddar cheese; cover and cook until melted, 3 to 4 minutes.


It seems like a lot of onions; however, as I said previously, my wife loves this and she hates onions. The onions meld well with the other ingredients and are not a prominent taste in the dish. I wouldn't make it without them!

We like this dish with olives and mushrooms, but sometimes we omit them if we don't have them on hand.

You can use your favorite cheese instead of Cheddar. We love cheese, so we usually double the amount called for in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

589 Calories
38g Fat
24g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 589
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 1308mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 48mg 241%
Calcium 529mg 41%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1215mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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