There are so many reasons we love ground beef recipes. To name just a few:
- ground beef is inexpensive
- it is quick and easy to prepare
- it is extremely versatile
We are sure you have tried the classic ground beef recipes such as hamburgers, meatloaf, meatballs, and lasagna, but have you tried less usual twists like soups, casseroles, and stuffed peppers?
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Yes, there is a ground beef recipe for everyone. And best of all, they work for weeknights just as well as special occasions
Try something different for dinner tonight—ground beef, potatoes, carrots and onions all wrapped up in a crisp golden crust. Add an appetizing, golden gloss to the crust with an egg wash. Just whisk 1 egg with 2 tsp. water in a small bowl and brush the egg mixture over the crust before baking.
Elbow macaroni, lean ground beef and lots of Cheddar cheese team up for a real home-run hit at suppertime. Get a jump-start on dinner by cooking the beef mixture and macaroni the day before and refrigerate separately in resealable plastic containers. Continue with Step 4 as directed.
Colorful, delicious and fun to eat, these peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice will brighten a family supper. If a pepper won’t stand up straight, cut a thin slice off the bottom (taking care not to cut all the way through).
A fresh homemade salsa tops these tacos made with ground beef and chorizo sausage. Full of authentic ﬂavor and sure to please! Chorizo comes in both bulk sausage and links. The bulk sausage is easier to use for this recipe. If your market only has links, crumble or ﬁnely chop the sausage before adding it to the ground meat.
You don’t need all day to make delicious soup. This hearty ground beef recipe requires simmering vegetables and potatoes for just a few minutes. For a tasty variation, replace the potatoes with 1 cup quick-cooking barley in Step 2.
Dinner tonight becomes something special—crisp layers of golden phyllo dough atop an easy ﬁlling of ground beef, spinach and mushrooms. Make this dish extra special with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley, and top each serving with a little sour cream.
The original comfort food! Cabbage leaves are stuffed with ground beef and rice, then simmered to perfection in a sweet tomato sauce.
Who needs layering? Just roll up a great lasagna dinner tonight! This ground beef recipe calls for ricotta cheese and lots of mozzarella keep the taste traditional. For a “Florentine” variation, add a thawed and very well drained 10 oz.box of frozen spinach to the beef mixture in Step 3.
This tasty meatloaf—made with ground beef, sweet corn and a tangy barbecue sauce—will be a hit with the whole family. For a sweet, smoky ﬂavor, try adding 1 tbsp. maple syrup instead of honey to the glaze in Step 3.
For a sizzling fiesta, serve bowlfuls of spicy ground beef, packed with chili and garlic, all topped with a fresh, homemade salsa. For a milder taste, go for plump, green, medium-sized chilies—the smaller varieties are generally hot, particularly the red ones. Wear rubber gloves when preparing or wash your hands thoroughly after contact.
Kids love these “prickly” meatballs. This is an easy version of the classic ground beef recipe with rice that will be your family’s favorite. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup for each meatball portion keeps the size uniform and makes it easier to roll the meat-rice mixture into balls.
Whenever I feel homesick, I make this pasta so I can feel like I’m back in Grandma’s house. Variation 1: Add 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained, to the beef mixture. Top servings with a dollop of sour cream. Garnish with chopped green onions.
Variation 2: Add 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms with the tomatoes and cooked as directed. Then remove the mixture from the heat and stir in 1 cup sour cream. Toss the mixture with the pasta and basil as directed, but omit the Parmesan.
One of my uncles was a picky eater. Grandma would make these burgers every week to be sure he ate some vegetables. For a charcoal-grilled taste even when she cooked these under the broiler, Grandma used a smoked mozzarella or other smoked cheese in place of the Cheddar, or she added a drop or two of liquid smoke to the ground meat mixture.
Individual beef patties are topped with mushrooms and wrapped in puff pastry for a quick and easy version of this classic. An instant-read digital meat thermometer is very handy to check for doneness in pastry-wrapped ground beef recipes such as this one. The meat should be cooked to at least 160°F.
These savory bites hit the spot! Made from biscuit dough and ﬁlled with barbecue-ﬂavored beef, they’re fun, easy and fast.
SUPER SPEEDY: For an even faster fix, use 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce instead of combining the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, chili powder and salt.
MONEY-SAVING TIP: Use this recipe to stretch your leftovers. Prepare the biscuit cups as directed, then fill them with whatever you have. Try this trick with barbecued chicken, baked beans or leftover chili.
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One-skillet meals are a busy cook’s favorite supper—and families love them, too. Macaroni, beef, veggies and cheese make everyone happy. To add a crunchy topping to this ground beef recipe: Saute 1/2 cup bread crumbs in 2 tbsp. butter until crisp. Sprinkle over the skillet before serving.
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