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Sometimes the easiest things to cook are the tastiest, and these ground beef recipes are all simple, easy and budget friendly! It’s time to branch out from the basic burger!
Ground Beef Recipes
Ground beef has a ton of flavor, it’s easy to cook and almost impossible to mess up. Plus, it’s one of the more affordable proteins you can buy, making it very budget friendly. Ground beef can be used in a ton of different comfort food recipes from chili to burgers to meatloaf and pairs well with a variety of flavors. It also cooks quickly making it a great base for your favorite weeknight meal.
What is the Best Ground Beef?
While recipes usually call for simply “ground beef,” a quick trip to the meat department of your local grocery store could leave you feeling completely unsure of what to buy. There are usually 3 different types of ground beef available and they range in fat content from 7 to 30 percent.
- I usually use ground chuck because it is always tender and juicy and has great flavor. It runs about 15-20 perfect fat, which can easily be drained off after cooking.
- Ground sirloin is the leanest, and ranges from 7 to 10 perfect fat. It is tender and has a good flavor for chilis and spaghetti sauce, but can be a little dry for burgers.
- Basic ground beef can have as much as 30 perfect fat, and the flavor suffers for it.
What is the Healthiest Way to Cook Ground Beef?
To remove most of the fat from the meat, try boiling it! I know, it doesn’t sound appetizing but it’s actually a much healthier alternative to frying because the fat is separated from the meat making it extra lean.
What Can I Add to Ground Beef for Flavor?
Ground beef is known for soaking up whatever flavor you add to it. My go-to is simple onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Adds a ton of flavor and you can use the cooked beef mixture for a variety of recipes, from Italian to Mexican to plain old Sloppy Joes. You can find my easy recipe below.
How Can You Tell When Ground Beef Goes Bad?
Ground beef is usually good for 3-4 days in the fridge before it needs to be cooked or frozen. If it’s beginning to spoil, you will notice a gray or brownish color throughout the meat (not just on the top) and a distinct. foul odor.
Can You Freeze Cooked Ground Beef?
You absolutely can! In fact, you can buy ground beef in bulk, cook it with some onions and garlic and then freeze it in batches so it’s always on hand for making chili, spaghetti, soup and more! In the freezer, ground beef will last about 4 months if properly stored in an airtight container.
Here’s a quick recipe for batch cooking ground beef:
Basic Cooked Ground Beef
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add ground beef, diced onion and minced garlic. Break up ground beef with a spoon.
- Cook until the onions are translucent and beef is tender; about 7-10 minutes. Drain any extra grease.
- Cool meat completely, then portion into freezer bags. I usually will portion 2 ¼ cups of meat per bag, which equals about a pound. Be sure to label with a date - frozen cooked ground beef will last about 3-4 days in the fridge and up to 4 months in the freezer.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
27 GO-TO GROUND BEEF RECIPES
Ready to cook up some delicious ground beef? Here are 27 amazing recipes to get you started:
Ground Beef Appetizers
- Ground Beef Enchilada Dip – All the flavor of enchiladas without the hassle of rolling. Serve with tortilla chips for a spicy, saucy appetizer.
- Easy Beef Sliders – Hamburger patties baked in the oven? Yes, please!
- Asian Style Lettuce Wraps – Sweet and spicy seasoned ground beef wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves for a healthy meal option.
- Patty Melt Dip – Everything you love about the classic sandwich in dip form.
- Beef Queso Dip – Creamy, cheesy party dip that’s packed with a punch of flavor.
- Loaded Chili Cheese Fries – Take a bag of frozen french fries and pile on the cheese, homemade chili, and toppings of your choice for a quick, 15-minute snack.
- Nachos Supreme – Sheet pan nachos that are packed with flavor in every bite.
Ground Beef Soups and Salads
- Hamburger Soup Recipe – Just a few ingredients make up this simple, homey soup, and you probably already have them all on hand!
- Lasagna Soup – A one pot soup with all the classic Italian flavors of lasagna in a bowl.
- Dorito Taco Salad Casserole – There is so much flavor going on in this hearty casserole, it should be illegal!
- Taco Salad – My kids beg for this salad at least once a week. Tons of flavor, and a creamy salsa ranch dressing.
- Creamy Taco Pasta Salad – Easy ground beef recipes like this one are a must for busy families. This cold pasta salad has all that great taco flavor in one bowl.
Ground Beef Dinner Recipes
- One Pot Beef Stroganoff – Creamy, hearty and delicious, this classif ground beef recipe is all cooked in one pan for easy clean up.
- Easy Homemade Meatballs – These meatballs are tender, juicy and ready in about 20 minutes. Perfect for spaghetti, sandwiches or soup, plus they are super easy to freeze.
- Dad’s Classic Meatloaf Recipe – My dad’s famous recipe for meatloaf! So juicy and flavorful, everyone loves this classic.
- Easy Mexican Lasagna – An easy weeknight casserole that’s loaded with your favorite taco flavors.
- Instant Pot Chili Recipe – A fall favorite, this instant pot chili recipe is a classic made easy.
- Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes – Bring on the leftovers! Use up leftover taco meat and baked potatoes together!
- Ground Beef Enchiladas – This classic Mexican recipe has seasoned ground beef rolled up in soft corn tortillas and smothered in red sauce and melted cheese.
- Ground Beef Tacos – These tacos are the perfect weeknight meal, taking less than 30 minutes to prepare and easy to customize.
- Chopped Steaks with Mushroom Gravy – An easy recipe for tender and juicy hamburger steaks that are smothered in a delicious mushroom gravy!
- Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Pie – The best way to eat sloppy joes is actually in casserole form! All the flavor, none of the mess!
- Stuffed Mini Peppers – Sweet baby pepper stuffed with ground beef, rice and tomatoes and drizzled with creamy homemade ranch.
- One Pan Taco Macaroni and Cheese – Remix your Taco Tuesday with creamy mac and cheese.
- Salisbury Steak – Thick ground beef patties browned to perfection and then simmered in a red wine and mushroom gravy.
- Easy Taco Ring – This crescent Taco Ring is a must make! Seasoned taco meat is wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked for a simple and easy appetizer or dinner.
- Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet – A one pot meal that is a twist on those classic time consuming cabbage rolls, that is ready to eat in minutes.
- Beefaroni – A childhood classic revived!
- Loco Moco – A hawaiian island favorite made with ground beef patties served with gravy over sticky rice, and with a fried egg on top.
- Korean Beef Bowl – Ground beef and rice cooked in a flavorful sauce for an easy meal in only twenty minutes!
- Greek Meatballs – Greek spiced beef meatballs cooked with orzo and veggies and sprinkled with fresh dill and fresh lemon juice.
- Cheeseburger Sliders – Mini slider rolls stuffed with juicy hamburger meat, cheddar cheese and topped with melted butter and sesame seeds.
Don’t miss my tips for how to portion and freeze raw ground beef so you can thaw it quickly!
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Appreciate info on freezing tips for cooked ground beef and recipes. Easy to follow recipes! Thanks
I buy ground beef when it’s on sale and cook 5 lbs at a time in my instant pot, drain, then put in 1 and 2 lb increments in Ziploc bags then put as many as I can in a big labeled Ziploc bag and put in the freezer that way I can pull a pack out to thaw for supper and its already cooked!
That’s a great idea Alicia! Thank you!
Love this recipe! We use it quite often. I double the carrots and celery and add minced onion flakes to it and use Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice. After a couple hours check it to see if it needs a little bit more water added.