Hearty ground beef, fresh corn, and a handful of aromatics are sauteed together to create this flavorful and versatile Ground Beef with Corn Skillet. Serve this easy one-pan recipe as an easy weeknight dinner or as the delicious filling in burritos, bowls, or breakfast hashes!

One-pan skillet recipes are always a huge hit in my house. My Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet, Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet, and Shrimp Corn Skillet recipes are all full of flavor, well balanced, and a breeze to clean up! They make me wish I could cook every meal in just one pan.

ground beef, corn and tomato skillet, garnished with fresh herbs. Herbs and flowers on the table, a table cloth.

This simple ground beef and corn recipe is a quick and easy 20-minute meal that’s also mind-blowingly versatile! Enjoy this protein-packed healthy ground beef recipe on its own, use it as a filler for veggie bowls, or stuff the savory ground beef and corn into tacos, burritos, breakfast hashes, or stuffed peppers. The possibilities are endless!

All you need are a handful of simple ingredients to make this ​​healthy ground beef skillet recipe. Beef, corn, and cherry tomatoes together create a savory symphony that’s elevated when mixed with easy aromatics, like cilantro and garlic. I guarantee that this deliciously simple and healthy skillet meal will become a well-loved staple in your household!

We love ground beef recipes because beef adds so much flavor to whatever you are cooking. This beef skillet with corn and tomatoes is a favorite quick go-to meal for busy nights. It’s one of our best healthy ground beef recipes because it’s veggie-packed and made with just one pan!

Ingredients for beef and corn skillet on the table. Fresh herbs and tomatoes.
Ground beef being cooked in skillet with oil. Fresh herbs and corn on the cob, on the table.

How to cook a beef skillet with corn

Soften the red onions, garlic scapes, chives, and any other green herbs (except cilantro) in an oiled skillet over medium-high heat.

To your now fragrant herbs and onions, add the ground beef and sauté until it’s just about fully cooked.

To finish, stir in the corn kernels, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Cover the skillet with a lid and continue to cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Serve the finished skillet warm with the toppings and side dishes of your choice!

Tips and variations

  • For a heartier beef skillet, mix in some cooked rice or short pasta noodles in the last 5 to 7 minutes of cooking.
  • To make it creamier, stir in your favorite shredded cheese just before serving. The cheese will melt, creating an ooey-gooey base for your beef and corn. 
  • Enjoying the skillet for dinner? Try adding some fun toppings! I like adding sour cream, hot sauce, avocado, and freshly squeezed lime.
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs instead. Just be sure to use less of each spice since they tend to be more potent when they’re dried.
cooked ground beef in yellow skillet. Fresh herbs and ingredients on the table
ground beef in skillet with corn, tomatoes and fresh herbs.

Serving suggestions

This ground beef skillet is an extremely versatile dish! You can easily serve it on its own for dinner or as the extra protein in your favorite bowl, burrito, or breakfast dish. Here’s how I love to enjoy it:

Storing and freezing

  • To store, place any leftover ground beef skillet into an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • To freeze, keep the leftovers in a freezer-safe airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 4 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight or reheat from frozen.
  • To reheat, warm the leftovers in a skillet over medium heat or for a few minutes in the microwave.
Ground beef in skillet with corn, tomatoes and fresh herbs. A table cloth under the skillet and a small wooden bowl with tomatoes on the table.

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Ground Beef Corn Skillet

by Silvia Dunnirvine
flavorful and versatile Ground Beef Corn Skillet. Serve this easy one-pan recipe as an easy weeknight dinner or as the delicious filling in burritos, bowls, or breakfast hashes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • Skillet


  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ears corn, Kernels removed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • aromatics & fresh herbs, cilantro, chives, garlic scrapes*
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Add oil to a skillet and wait until it gets hot. Quickly add in the chopped red onions and some green herbs and aromatics such as garlic scrapes and chives (best to add cilantro later). Sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and saute until just about fully cooked, about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add corn kernels, tomatoes and handful of cilantro, season with salt and pepper. Give it a good stir, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Check to make sure the vegetables are cooked to your liking. The meat should be fully cooked by now.


*Feel free to use your favorite herbs and aromatics 


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Keyword: Ground Beef, ground beef dinner ideas, healthy ground beef skillet recipes, simple ground beef recipes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Hi! I’m Silvia.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.my family loved it.will be sharing this recipe with my friends.they will like it.