When I’m running out of ideas about what to cook on a weeknight, ground beef almost always comes to my rescue. It’s not expensive and doesn’t take that long to cook either.
In this blog post, we’ll learn what to do with ground beef and also take a look at some tips and tricks on cooking ground beef to perfection.
Ground Beef Meal Suggestions
Here, we’ve prepared a list of ten easy and flavorful recipes that you can make at home with ground beef.
1. Healthy Taco Salad with Ground Beef
The best part about making a taco salad is that it’s up to you what you wish to add in it. This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients like salsa, cheddar cheese, avocado, sour cream, lettuce, taco seasoning, and ground beef.
You can use any kind of salsa here (spicy or mild), it doesn’t really matter because the taco seasoning alone gives it a deliciously complex flavor.
2. 20-Minute Beef Burgers
There’s nothing like the taste of a fresh homemade burger when you’re in charge of the recipe. You can season your beef patty according to your preference and add as many toppings as you’d like.
This recipe only requires ten minutes each for prepping and cooking. You can use kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to season the patties before popping them onto the grill for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
These also make great leftovers. For tips on how to reheat a hamburger we have you covered.
Making calzones with ground beef has never been this easy. All you need is some canned pizza dough that can unroll and cut into four squares each.
Fill it with your cooked ground beef, pepperoni, and a generous sprinkling of shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese.
Fold each square in half in the shape of a calzone, brush it with egg mixture, and pop them into the oven until they turn a beautiful light brown color.
4. Classic Chili Recipe
To make the best classic chili, you don’t need much other than beans, ground beef and your choice of seasonings. Once the chili is done cooking, you can top it with sour cream, slices of green onions, shredded cheese, or beautifully diced avocado.
We love a quick 3 bean chili with ground beef. You can also serve it as a dip with your favorite brand of crackers.
5. Ground Beef Casserole
If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, then this recipe for ground beef casserole is just what you need to satisfy your craving.
It takes only about an hour of cooking and can be paired with loads of side dishes including garlic bread, fried potatoes, and even a garden salad.
6. Slow-Cooker Meatballs
Slow Cooker meatballs are a family favorite and this recipe will teach you the easiest way to do them justice. You won’t need a large number of ingredients to make sure your meatballs turn out perfect, the steps are extremely easy to follow.
Once the meatballs have been cooked, let them cook on low heat to let the flavors get to know each other fully.
7. Greek Baked Ziti
This recipe was inspired by a popular Greek comfort dish known by the name of ‘Pastitsio’. To recreate this recipe, you need to use the freshest produce and the most flavorful ingredients.
It can be prepared in just under half an hour and enjoyed as a delicious weeknight dinner.
8. Tex-Mex Taco Pizza
If you love Mexican food, then this recipe will easily become one of your top ten favorites of all time. To make this Tex-Mex Pizza, the ingredients you’ll need include salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, smoked paprika, cumin, onion, garlic powder, salt, and ground beef.
Once the pizza has been baked to perfection, take it out of the oven, top it with tomatoes or lettuce, and serve it with a generous serving of sour cream on the side.
9. Korean Ground Beef Rice Bowl
This Korean ground beef rice bowl only takes around twenty minutes to make which makes it a perfect dinner option for lazy weeknights.
All you need to do is prepare a ground beef stir fry, add sauce to it, and then serve it on a bed of white rice.
10. Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
If you’re fan of sloppy Joes, you should definitely give this recipe a try. You’ll need to use an Instant Pot to cook your ground beef. This recipe also requires you to add apple cider vinegar to the cooked beef to add a little bit of sweetness and tartness to the flavor.
11. Taco casserole
This is such a simple and delicious casserole. Of course, when you combine ground beef, taco seasoning and cheese it is sure to turn out AHmazing.
Feel free to experiment with this recipe. To add a bit of interest consider using blue tortilla chips. Add an additional bit of flavor by adding this Chipotle corn salsa recipe on top.
12. Tater tot casserole
This is an all time favorite beef casserole of mine. This is made of ground beef, seasonings, cheddar cheese and tater tots.
You can whip this up and throw it in the oven in no time. It is a great casserole for that Tuesday when you want comfort food without a lot of work.
If you want to sneak some vegetables into the meal throw in a bag of frozen veggies to the mix.
13. Easy cheesy meatloaf
The secrect to the best meatloaf recipe is to add cheese. Meatloaf is easy to make but even better than that is that it makes an amazing leftover lunch.
So put together this meataloaf and throw it in the dinner. By the way, we have lots of suggestions about what to serve with meatloaf too.
Tips and Tricks When Cooking With Ground Beef
- For recipes where ground beef is the main star of the dish, it’s better to use fresh ground beef. You can use frozen ground beef if you’re making a meaty sauce or a casserole as the flavor won’t be that noticeable.
- If you want less shrinkage when you’re cooking the meat, you should go for leaner blends instead of regular ground beef because leaner blends have a lot less fat content.
- We often drain our ground beef using a colander and then rinse the ground beef. This helps get rid of the excess fat.
Now that you’ve learned some amazing ground beef meal suggestions, you’ll know just what to cook when you’re feeling lazy on a weeknight. Even the pickiest eaters in your family won’t say no to these amazing recipes.
We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post!
- Healthy taco salad with ground Beef
- 20-Minute beef burgers
- Calzones with ground Beef
- Classic chili recipe
- Ground beef casserole
- Slow-cooker meatballs
- Greek baked ziti
- Tex-mex taco pizza
- Korean ground beef rice bowl
- Instant pot sloppy joes
- Taco casserole
- Tater tot casserole
- Easy cheesy meatloaf
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