Porcupines in a Skillet – No Quills, No Frills

Porcupines in a Skillet isn’t the fanciest or most beautiful meal you’ll ever make, but it might just be one of the easiest and cheapest. Porcupines in a Skillet is not a dish I remember Granny making for us, but my dad remembered that she made it for him and his sister when they were young.              Jump to Recipe ]

Porcupines Step 1
Meatballs made and ready to simmer
Porcupines Step 2
Add the sauce and dinner will be ready in 45 minutes!
This was really a very easy dish an who doesn’t LOVE a good one pot meal. As a bonus, it was also was extremely cost efficient and the Porcupines were really quite delicious. This meal has officially been added to our weeknight repertoire of meals. 
I added a little extra flavoring to the meatball mixture, because the recipe only calls for salt and pepper. I added some dried basil, garlic salt, dried parsley and a tiny bit of red pepper flakes. You can pretty much add any seasonings to this mixture.
I should also mention that Porcupines in a Skillet do not actually have to made in a skillet! You can alternatively bake these in a casserole dish in almost the same amount of time. Just heat the oven to 300 and bake for an hour, instead of simmering for 45 minutes.  


 Porcupine Recipe
Porcupines in a Skillet
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This easy, one-pot meal will be your new go-to! It's similar to stuffed peppers, even easier and can be made on the stove-top. And with such a cute name, kids might even try them!

Course: Main Course, One Pot Meal
Cuisine: American, Beef, Rice
Servings: 4 People
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 c raw rice
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 2 8 oz cans tomatoes
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Mix beef, rice, 1T onion and salt and pepper and form it into balls (about 1 1/2 inch).

  2. Place in saucepan or casserole dish and cover with tomatoes, sliced onion, green pepper, salt and pepper

  3. Cook (simmer) covered for 45 minutes. Or, bake in casserole for an hour at 300. 

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