COPYRIGHT © 2020 Tribune Publishing. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED THE DAILY MEAL ® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF TRIBUNE PUBLISHING.
60 Best Ground Beef Recipes for Budget-Friendly Dinners
When you're stuck on new weeknight dinner ideas, ground beef lends itself to a ton of ideas. One of the best aspects of ground beef recipes&mdashbesides the limitless possibilities&mdashis that they often tend to be inexpensive. Plus, they're usually kid-friendly recipes, especially when it's time for your weekly family taco night. So if you're looking for new, creative spins on this dinner staple, you've come to the right place. You'll find plenty of pasta recipes, Tex-Mex-inspired meals, and so much more. There's no shortage of ways to put ground beef to good use!
If a hearty dish is what you're after, take a peek at the many casserole recipes. They're so simple to make. In particular, the beef tamale casserole is a surefire win, with a cornbread top covering up all the cheesy, beefy goodness underneath. We're sure that some juicy burgers are in the cards for you and your family, which is something Ree Drummond doesn't take lightly! "I don&rsquot want to eat a burger if it&rsquos not going to be a good burger," she says. To ensure an out-of-this-world burger experience, we think the Hawaiian and supreme pizza variations are sublime choices. Check out our other options below, because you'll want these delicious ground beef recipes in your weeknight dinner rotation ASAP.
Why should I make ground beef Crockpot recipes?
For me, it's all about ease of use. The slow cooker takes all the standing around in the kitchen monitoring the stove or the oven out of the equation. You can usually dump everything into the Crockpot and go do something else entirely!
Easy meals are great but they also need to be family friendly in our house. All of these meals are things that are simple to make and my family loves them! With all of these choices you can always pick through and select just know will be a hit in your house.
Each recipe idea will tell you:
- Type of recipe
- Number of ingredients
- How much beef you will need
- The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
- How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
- Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)
This page contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase using the link, I could receive a commission check out all the details here.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottom pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add 1 finely chopped medium yellow onion, 1 finely chopped medium celery stalk, 1 peeled and finely chopped medium carrot, and 2 minced garlic cloves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
Add 1 pound Beyond Beef, 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Break up Beyond beef into small pieces with a wooden spoon cook until lightly browned liquid is released, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour in 1/2 cup dry white wine and simmer until reduced completely, 1 minute. Add 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes and their juices, breaking up tomatoes with your hands as you add them to the pot. Bring sauce to a simmer, cook until thickened slightly and flavors are developed, about 15 minutes.
16 Asian Beef Recipes You'll Be Eating On Repeat
Skip takeout. you'll feel so accomplished after making this.
A buddha bowl you won't believe.
BUY NOW: Ball Wide Mouth Jars, $13.75, amazon.com.
With an unbelievably delicious sauce, this beef and broccoli rivals the best takeout.
BUY THIS SKILLET: Le Creuset Cast-Iron 9" Skillet, $140amazon.com.
Turn that instant ramen into a real meal.
BUY NOW: Le Creuset Skillet, $199.95, amazon.com.
A low-carb way to enjoy our Mongolian Meatballs.
Skip the takeout and create your own version as a meatball.
BUY NOW: Le Creuset cast iron skillet, $99.95, amazon.com
BUY NOW Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, $200, amazon.com
We can't get enough of the sweet and crunchy outer crust on this juicy steak.
The tender beef melts in your mouth.
Instant ramen noodles never tasted so good.
Love ramen? Start incorporating the noodles into a stir-fry with this easy weeknight dinner.
70+ Easy Ground Beef Recipes for True Meat Lovers
These beef dinner recipes go way beyond your regular Taco Tuesday.
Let's be honest, most of us pick up a package of ground beef at the grocery store during our weekly shop, but only have one or two ground beef recipes in our repertoire. It's time for that to change. Ground beef is so easy to cook with &mdash you just brown it up, add in your favorite seasonings, and it&rsquos good to go. It's the ultimate weeknight dinner starter or best way to, uh, beef up an average meal. Sure, you could make burgers, meatballs and tacos, but that can get boring after a while. So we rounded up tons of super easy and tasty ground beef recipes for truly endless dinner inspo &mdash from cozy fall dinners to crazy-good comfort food ideas to healthy summer recipes that you can throw on the grill.
Feeling Italian? Try stuffed shells or our best meatball recipes to top off a giant plate of spaghetti. Want Mediterranean? We have recipes for beef gyros, loaded hummus and even Greek ziti. Plus, there&rsquos dumplings and Gochujang-glazed meatloaf. And that&rsquos not even mentioning the Mongolian meatballs, Irish stout pie or homemade empanadas.
Whether you're in the mood for a simple ground beef recipe, or looking to jazz up your average weeknight dinner with a little bit of spice, we've gathered our favorite meals for inspiration on what to do with this delicious, versatile protein.
Leftover Beef Recipes From Delicious Stew To Easy AF Fried Rice
If you're after a bunch of recipes that will make insanely delicious meals out of your leftover beef, then you've come to the right place. Whether it's Beef Stew, Beef & Guinness Pies or even Beef Fried Rice, there's SO much you can do with your leftovers. And let's be honest, there's nothing worse than throwing away perfectly good meat! Especially perfectly good meat you've slaved over for hours.
A takeaway is good, but this stir-fry is AMAZING. Below, we break down exactly what makes it so good. (Spoiler: it's all about the right ingredients.)
These beef-and-vegetable pot pies are made with a secret ingredient (shh&mdashit's chocolate!) for a comforting St. Paddy's Day meal.
With soy sauce-infused steak and broccoli, these noodles are so much better than a takeaway.
80+ Easy Ideas for Turning a Pack of Ground Beef Into Dinner
Wondering what to make for dinner? If you have a package of ground beef, things get a whole lot easier. Beef can fill out a jar of pasta sauce, thicken a soup, or become a filling beefy mac and cheese. And it's a fantastic base for dozens of easy recipes.
To help you find the right one for tonight, we've put together this list of our favorite ground beef recipes. These go-to dishes aren't just easy to make, but they are delicious, too, so you don't have to worry about unwanted leftovers. Plus, a lot of them are budget-friendly dinners and one-pot meals, so you can save time on cleaning up.
After all, when you've had a long day, the last thing you want to do is cook an elaborate dinner with a million ingredients. Instead, opt for these quick, easy dinner recipes, like the beef pasta that's ready in minutes. Or maybe opt for a slow cooker recipe instead, like the queso meatball sub that'll practically be all done by the time you get home at night. Ground beef tends to find itself in plenty of comfort foods, which we definitely have here, including cheeseburger pizza and lasagna sloppy joes. But we also have some healthy selections, too, like enchilada zucchini boats and yummy lettuce wraps. So read on, and worry not: Inspiration will strike, and you'll have dinner ready in no time!
Preheat the slow cooker if necessary see the manufacturer’s handbook.
Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the beef a few pieces at a time until all the meat is in the pan, then fry over a high heat, stirring, until browned. Remove the beef from the pan with a slotted spoon and transfer to the slow cooker pot.
Add the onion to the pan and fry, stirring, for 5 mins or until softened and just beginning to turn golden. Stir in the flour, then gradually mix in the stock. Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée, mustard and leaves from 2 sprigs of the rosemary. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, stirring.
Add the diced vegetables to the slow cooker pot. Pour the onion and sauce over them, then cover with the potato slices, arranging them so that they overlap and pressing them down into the stock. Sprinkle with the leaves torn from the remaining stem of rosemary and a little salt and pepper.
Cover with the lid and cook on high for 7–8 hrs until the potatoes are tender. Lift the pot out of the housing using oven gloves dot the potatoes with the butter and brown under a preheated hot grill, if liked.