Here Are All the Ideas You Need to Turn Ground Beef Into Tonight's Dinner

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Best Easy Ground Beef Recipes for Weeknight DinnerIan Palmer

There are a few reasons why ground beef makes such a great dinner staple: It's relatively inexpensive, it's versatile, and it's tasty. But if you've been cooking the same old same old week after week (hello pasta sauce) it can also get boring.

Enter these recipes! From weeknight burgers to mouthwatering Sunday lasagna, this mix of classic simple ground beef recipes and some innovative ground beef (without pasta) will have your family running, not walking, to the dinner table.

Tamale Pie

If you're suffering some of the what's-for-dinner blahs, try spicing it up with a Tex-Mex meal! Tamale pie is one of our favorites.
It cooks largely on its own, and we haven't known leftovers to last longer than a day, max.

Get the recipe for Tamale Pie.

tamale pie
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Beef Taco-Style Stuffed Peppers

These simple, healthy peppers are a 5-star ground beef recipe that makes an easy main dish—pair it with a salad!

Get the recipe for Beef Taco-Style Stuffed Peppers.

ground beef tacostyle stuffed peppers
Ian Palmer

Easy Weeknight Salisbury Steak

This classic easy ground beef dish is pure comfort food—and fun to make as well!

Get the recipe for Salisbury Steak.

ground beef easy weeknight salisbury steak
Ian Palmer

Best-Ever Easy Sloppy Joes

Skip the cans or the seasoning packets. A few fresh ingredients makes a far tastier joe without much more effort.

Get the recipe for Sloppy Joes.

ground beef bestever easy sloppy joes
Ian Palmer

Beef-and-Pineapple Tacos with Mojo Beans

Give taco night a twist! The fruit and slaw add a surprising amount of flavor to your classic tacos.

Get the recipe for Beef-and-Pineapple Tacos.

beefandpineapple tacos with mojo beans
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Slow-Cooker Meatballs

Making this Italian favorite just got even easier.

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Meatballs.

ground beef slowcooker meatballs
Brian Woodcock

The Perfect Burger

One of the easiest and simplest meals is also one of the most satisfying: a burger! We'll show you some techniques for making a better patty, and for getting it grill-perfect every time.

Get the recipe for The Perfect Burger.

the perfect burger
Debra McClinton

Beef and Raisin Empanadas

Using readymade pie crusts helps keep these delicious savory-sweet hand pies easy to make.

Get the recipe for Beef and Raisin Empanadas.

ground beef beef and raisin empanadas
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Classic Weeknight Meatloaf

For a comfort-food dinner filled with flavor, you just can't beat meatloaf.

Get the recipe for Weeknight Meatloaf.

ground beef classic weeknight meatloaf
Ian Palmer

Meatball-and-Spinach Baked Ziti

Looking to switch things up on pasta night? This hearty baked dish comes together in about an hour.

Get the recipe for Meatball-and-Spinach Baked Ziti.

ground beef meatballandspinach baked ziti
Brian Woodcock

Beef Burgers with Jalapeños, Cheddar, and Crispy Pepperoni

Want to get a little spicy with dinner? This burger is the one!

Get the recipe for Jalapeño Beef Burgers.

beef burgers with jalapeños, cheddar, and crispy pepperoni
William Dickey

The Best-Ever Bolognese Sauce

Make this long-cooking sauce on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy it over spaghetti or in lasagna.

Get the recipe for Bolognese Sauce.

ground beef recipes the best ever bolognese sauce
Ian Palmer

Lasagna Bolognese

Need to feed a crowd? Look no further than this classic, extra-tasty casserole.

Get the recipe for Lasagna Bolognese.

ground beef lasagna bolognese
Ian Palmer

Slow Cooker Spinach-and-Parmesan Meatballs

Pair ground beef and sausage with spinach and breadcrumb for these easy, delicious meatballs, which you can pair with a side dish, put in a sub, or snack on as an easy hors d'oeuvre.

Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Spinach-and-Parmesan Meatballs.

ground beef slow cooker spinachandparmesan meatballs
Ren Fuller

Worcestershire-Glazed Burgers

All you really need for these simple burgers is some Worcestershire sauce to give it the right amount of tangy goodness.

Get the recipe for Worcestershire-Glazed Burgers.

ground beef recipes worcestershire burgers
Brian Woodcock

Cheeseburger Pizza

Pizza, meet cheeseburger. Tastebuds, meet heaven.

Get the recipe for Cheeseburger Pizza.

ground beef cheeseburger pizza
Maura McEvoy

Cuban-Coffee Chili

Similar to picadillo, this richly flavored South American chili is a surefire winner.

Get the recipe for Cuban-Coffee Chili.

cubancoffee chili
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Beef and Stout Skillet Pie

Store-bought crust simplifies this flavorful one-pan beef pie.

Get the recipe for Beef and Stout Skillet Pie.

ground beef beef and stout skillet pie
Iain Bagwell

Herbed Meatball Soup

Make this delicious, comforting dish and serve for a weeknight dinner or freeze for a future gathering. To save time, serve only the meatballs, along with a ready-made dipping sauce such as a lingonberry.

Get the recipe for Herbed Meatball Soup.

herbed meatball soup
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Southwestern Burgers

We love this flavorful recipe, which adds green chiles, thick slices of onion, and Monterey Jack cheese to the mix.

Get the recipe for Southwestern Burgers.

southwestern burgers
Kana Okada

Pumpkin, Beef, and Black Bean Chili

The addition of pumpkin makes this hearty beef and bean chili perfect for fall.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin, Beef, and Black Bean Chili.

pumpkin, beef, and black bean chili
Ryan Liebe

Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs

A fast, easy take on Sweden's famous food, this is also a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce from the holidays.

Get the recipe for Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs.

sweet and sour meatballs
Kana Okada

Brian's Bourbon Chili

A few interesting additions—including fresh peppermint, plenty of bourbon, and orange juice—make this a distinctive and flavorful chili.

Get the recipe for Brian's Bourbon Chili.

brian's bourbon chili
Marcus Nilsson

Cowboy Chili con Carne

This American classic was first concocted in the Lone Star State by—you guessed it—cowboys passing through on cattle drives. An ingredient you may not be familiar with, masa harina de maiz, is simply finely ground corn—similar to flour.

Get the recipe for Cowboy Chili con Carne.

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Prized Family Meat Loaf

Surprisingly quick and easy to prepare, meat loaf makes a filling meal alone or with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Get the recipe for Prized Family Meat Loaf.

prized family meat loaf
Ryan Benyi

Glazed Bacon-and-Cheese Burgers

For hamburgers, consider adding crumbled bacon to the ground meat, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, or breadcrumbs and beaten egg yolk.

Get the recipe for Glazed Bacon-and-Cheese Burgers.

glazed bacon and cheese burgers
Debra McClinton

Quick Sautéed Cuban Beef

This easy-peasy combo of beef, spices, olives, and tomatoes is classic comfort food. Serve it over rice.

Get the recipe for Quick Sautéed Cuban Beef.

quick sautéed cuban beef
Hearst Owned

Cincinnati Chili

If you've never been to southern Ohio, you may not know about Cincinnati Chili. It's a beanless ground beef sauce seasoned with cocoa and cinnamon, traditionally served over spaghetti or hot dogs, and it's very good.

Get the recipe for Cincinnati Chili.

cincinnati chili
Con Poulos

Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Shells

Just looking at this dish is enough to make anyone's mouth water. Luckily for you, you can make it from start to finish in just 40 minutes.

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.

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Damn Delicious

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

This saucy recipe calls for saltine crackers instead of standard breadcrumbs.

Get the recipe at Carlsbad Cravings.

slow cooker sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs
Courtesy Carlsbad Cravings

Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are total classic. And if you have an Instant Pot, they're also very easy!

Get the recipe at Sweet and Savory Meals.

instant pot ground beef recipes stuffed peppers
Sweet and Savory Meals

Plantain Lasagna (Pastelón)

This dairy-free Puerto Rican casserole is made by sandwiching layers of hearty ground beef between sweet plantains. It's easy to make, and pure comfort food.

Get the recipe at That Girl Cooks Healthy.

ground beef plantain lasagna pastelón
Courtesy That Girl Cooks Healthy

Lasagna Sloppy Joes

This comfort food mashup is served with a heaping helping of mozzarella cheese.

Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.

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Recipe Runner

Greek Ziti Bake

Give classic baked ziti a Greek spin.

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

greek ziti bake
Kate Sears

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Egg noodles, veggies, ground beef, and oodles of cheese, first fried, then baked. What could be better?

Get the recipe at Whisk It Real Gud.

homestyle ground beef casserole
Courtesy Whisk It Real Gud

One Skillet Beef Shepherd's Pie

Keep clean up time to a minimum with this easy one skillet Shepherd's pie recipe.

Get the recipe at The Chunky Chef.

ground beef recipes shepherds pie
The Chunky Chef

Barbecue Cornbread Muffins

These 5 ingredient 30 minute muffins are the ultimate snackable dinner treat: They're sweet, filling, and packed with protein.

Get the recipe at Simply LaKita.

ground beef barbecue cornbread muffins
Courtesy Simply LaKita

Cheeseburger Tacos

This smart twist on taco night combines all the best flavors of a cheeseburger into a smaller, lighter package that is extra fun to eat. Use corn tortillas to keep it gluten-free.

Get the recipe at Eat. Drink. Frolic.

ground beef cheeseburger tacos
Courtesy Eat Drink Frolic

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