Here Are All the Ideas You Need to Turn Ground Beef Into Tonight's Dinner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making this Italian favorite just got even easier.
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Meatballs.
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.
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.
Classic Weeknight Meatloaf
For a comfort-food dinner filled with flavor, you just can't beat meatloaf.
Get the recipe for Weeknight Meatloaf.
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.
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.
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.
Need to feed a crowd? Look no further than this classic, extra-tasty casserole.
Get the recipe for Lasagna Bolognese.
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.
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.
Pizza, meet cheeseburger. Tastebuds, meet heaven.
Get the recipe for Cheeseburger Pizza.
Similar to picadillo, this richly flavored South American chili is a surefire winner.
Get the recipe for Cuban-Coffee Chili.
Beef and Stout Skillet Pie
Store-bought crust simplifies this flavorful one-pan beef pie.
Get the recipe for Beef and Stout Skillet Pie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs
This saucy recipe calls for saltine crackers instead of standard breadcrumbs.
Get the recipe at 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.
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.
Lasagna Sloppy Joes
This comfort food mashup is served with a heaping helping of mozzarella cheese.
Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.
Greek Ziti Bake
Give classic baked ziti a Greek spin.
Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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