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Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Our best ever, easy Ground Beef Recipes! Everything from Meatloaf with the Best Glaze to classic Beefy Lasagna. These are our most popular, best-reviewed recipes for ground beef.

We always keep a stash of ground beef in our freezer for cheap and easy dinners and these recipes are our go-to, family-approved meals. You will find plenty of delicious and healthy ground beef dinner ideas on this list.

Ground beef recipes with lasagna, beef chili, beef burgers and beef meatloaf

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Ground Beef Recipes:

This collection of ground beef recipes is GOLD and you’ll make them over and over. Pin it here to save for later! It’s not surprising that our most popular ground beef recipes are:

  • Made with pantry staples
  • Easy-to-follow
  • Quick to make
  • Flavor packed

How to Freeze Ground Beef:

Most recipes call for 1 pound of ground beef so it’s smart to freeze in 1 lb portions or even 1/2 lb portions which will thaw quicker. Use a kitchen scale to weigh out portions of ground beef and transfer to a freezer-safe zip baggie. Squeeze out any excess air and seal.

Cook’s Tip: Use a rolling pin to flatten the beef, making it easier to stack and store in the freezer and faster to thaw.

How to Thaw Ground Beef:

  • To Quick Thaw – place the sealed frozen bag of beef into a large bowl and cover with cold water. Place a weight over the bag to keep it submerged. It should thaw in about 20 minutes for 1 lb portions or 10 minutes for 1/2 lb portions. Use immediately and do not refreeze quick-thawed beef.
  • To Thaw in the Refrigerator – place the sealed package on a plate and thaw in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Cook or refreeze within 2 days.
  • Can I thaw in the Microwave? We do not recommend thawing in the microwave due to uneven thawing and risk of partial cooking.

Quick Ground Beef Recipes:

Ground Beef Tacos (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 13 votes) – easy peasy and you won’t believe the short list of ingredients. Our family’s favorite juicy beef tacos and they always disappear fast.

Throw a beef taco PARTY! These juicy beef tacos are loaded and topped with mango salsa. Beef tacos are fun to serve and eat. Fresh, healthy and satisfying! | natashaskitchen.com

 

Spaghetti Meat Sauce (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 10 votes) – beefy, juicy and so satisfying. It comes together fast so it is perfect for busy weeknights. P.S. It’s freezer-friendly, reheats beautifully and is perfect for meal prep.

Beef Chili (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.85 from 45 votes) – Rich, hearty and loaded with vegetables and beans. This ground beef chili is comfort food at its finest! Best of all, it takes under 30 minutes to make.

Taco Soup (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 7 votes) – Make taco night exciting (and even easier) with this Beef Taco Soup Recipe. It’s as easy as sauteing the meat with taco seasoning, adding diced veggies and simmering for 15 minutes.

Taco Soup loaded with taco soup toppings

What Can I Substitute for Ground Beef?

If you don’t have ground beef on hand, some recipes can be substituted with ground turkey or ground chicken and sometimes ground pork. If you are looking for a creative vegetarian substitute, try finely chopping mushrooms or eggplant in a food processor.

Ground Beef Casserole Recipes:

Classic Lasagna (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.95 from 71 votes) – This Beef Lasagna recipe is saucy, flavorful and feeds a crowd for way less than going out to eat. It also reheats perfectly so it’s great for a to-go lunch.

This EASY Lasagna Recipe is beefy, saucy and supremely flavorful. Homemade lasagna is better than any restaurant version and it feeds a crowd.

Taco Salad (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 6 votes) – This is essentially a 7-layer taco appetizer. You can take this Taco salad dip to any party. It’s just an all-around-amazing dip. We serve it with tortilla chips.

Taco Salad Dip

Lasagna Stuffed Shells (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.91 from 20 votes) – Can you tell we love lasagna? These are perfectly portioned and no need to slice! This is quicker and easier than making lasagna but still just as satisfying!

These lasagna stuffed shells are easier than making lasagna but are just as satisfying! @natashaskitchen

Ground Beef Crockpot Recipes:

Slow Cooker Lasagna (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.91 from 32 votes) – This make-ahead Lasagna is juicy, cheesy, beefy, and tastes just as good as a classic lasagna, but easier! There is no need to pre-cook noodles, and you can make it the night before so it is perfect for busy weeknights and Sunday lunch.

You'll make this slow cooker lasagna again and again! So saucy and cheesy! An easy make-ahead crockpot lasagna - the noodles cook right in the crockpot! | natashaskitchen.com

Slow Cooker Bolognese (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.94 from 16 votes)- You’ll love the rich flavors that form with slow cooking this bolognese sauce in a crockpot. Best of all, there is no babysitting required.

More Ground Beef Dinner Ideas:

Spaghetti and Meatballs (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.88 from 78 votes) – Make this and you’ll be known for your spaghetti and meatballs! The meatballs are incredible with a mix of ground beef, Italian sausage, and a special ingredient to make them super tender.

spaghetti and meatballs in pot

Meatloaf with the Best Glaze (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.9 from 93 votes) – Say goodbye to boring and underwhelming meatloaf. This tender ground beef meatloaf is a winner and everyone raves about the sweet and tangy glaze.

meatloaf with glaze

Perfect Burger Recipe (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5.0 from 10 votes) – Get all of our tips and tricks for the juiciest burgers on the block and learn which ground beef is best for burgers. We also shared the recipe for our “secret sauce!”

burger recipe

I hope you find some new favorite ground beef recipes here to make your busy weeknights even easier!

Here is a simple tutorial on how to cook ground beef which you can use for quick meals like nachos, burritos, tacos, salad and more!

How to Cook Ground Beef for Ground Beef Recipes

5 from 4 votes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Ground beef recipes with lasagna, beef chili, beef burgers and beef meatloaf

A quick method for cooking and browning ground beef. You can use cooked ground beef to make easy Ground Beef Recipes.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: ground beef recipes
Calories: 275 kcal
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (optional - use for lean beef)

Instructions

  1. Place a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp oil if using lean beef. Once the oil is hot, add ground beef in an even layer, breaking it up with a stiff spatula or wooden spoon into smaller pieces. Let the meat brown for 3-5 minutes without stirring.

  2. Break up the beef with your spatula and season with salt and pepper to taste and continue to saute, breaking up the meat with your spatula until the beef is lightly browned and fully cooked through with no signs of pink. Break open the larger crumbles to ensure there is no pink inside.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Ground Beef for Ground Beef Recipes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 335mg10%
Protein 21g42%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Glyn
    September 12, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    I think your recipes are amazing and I’ve tried a few so far.
    When I need inspiration to cook I look at your blog.

    Many thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles! Reply

  • Deborrah Krutzmann
    September 3, 2019

    Spaghetti and Meatball recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted.
    The Avacodo and Chicken salad is terrific and I’ve passed it on to friends who don’t love cooking as much as I do, but want to eat well without too much time in the kitchen.
    I raised four children and had to look high and low for great cookbooks and healthy recipes back in those days. At 71, I am a life long foodie and still searching out the best of the best. Your recipes fall into that category.
    Your website and recipes are an inspiration to any mother, grandmother or just plain old gourmet. Thank you Natasha.
    Victoria, B.C. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that thoughtful feedback and review with me, Deborrah! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our blog! Reply

  • Laura Reese
    August 29, 2019

    Thanks for all these great recipes in one place. I always have ground beef in the freezer. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 29, 2019

      You’re welcome, Laura! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our blog! Reply

  • Kirill
    August 29, 2019

    Hello, would you consider providing metric measurements for the ingredients in the future, for your audience from the rest of the world? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 29, 2019

      Hi Kirill, over the past year, we have been adding metric measurements and are working towards having metric on all of our recipes. If you go to the recipe card for the recipe, click, “metric” and it will display. Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    August 28, 2019

    Truly appreciate your inspirations. Thank you and enjoy your day  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! Reply

  • daisy's kitchen
    August 27, 2019

    Looks yummy recipes.. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      Thank you for that great review! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes! Reply

  • Cyd
    August 27, 2019

    Always looking for more easy recipe ideas – thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2019

      You’re welcome!I’m happy you’re enjoying our recipes! Reply

  • August 27, 2019

    What a great roundup! I know what I will be making all week long! These look fantastic! Reply

  • Stephanie
    August 27, 2019

    So many great recipes! Can’t wait to try them all! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes! Reply

  • Jen
    August 27, 2019

    Ground beef is our go-to for dinners. My kids love spaghetti and meatballs and hubby can always go for meatloaf. Thanks for putting all these great recipes in one place. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Jen! Reply

  • Leanna
    August 26, 2019

    Wow, these all look so good- I don’t know which one to try first! All of your recipes are so delicious with easy to read directions, thank you so much natasha:) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2019

      You’re so nice! Thank you for that thoughtful feedback! Reply

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