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