16 Easy Ground Beef Recipes

I know, it can be hard to figure out what to make for dinner. I offer to you 16 recipes for ground beef. I often start dinner with either ground beef or boneless skinless chicken breasts.
recipes for ground beef

I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have started dinner knowing I had a pound of ground meat to work as my main idea, and then I had to build around the meat. I am always looking for recipes for ground beef. Often when I leave for work I will move a pound of ground beef out of the freezer in the morning and into the refrigerator to cook it in the evening. I think ground beef recipes can have variation if we move away from tacos and spaghetti with meat sauce. So this post will hopefully help you figure out how else you can prepare ground beef.

One of my favorite ways to use ground beef in a recipe is for casseroles. Here I offer you my Mexican Cornbread Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, and Tamale Casserole. The Mexican Cornbread casserole came from my Grandmother, and I have been eating this as long as I can remember. The Green Bean Casserole takes the long favorite holiday casserole and you add ground beef to this mixture. The Tamale casserole another one of my Grandmother’s recipes. So you can see we love using ground beef in casseroles.

1. Mexican Cornbread Casserole.
2. Green Bean Casserole
3. Tamale Casserole

Now let’s move onto soups. I personally love soups. Soups can make your meat really stretch. It is also a great way to use what is in your refrigerator. Here I have the No Time Taco Soup, this is one of my go to meals. I make it often, I am ashamed to say how often. Let’s just say I love it with some sour cream, grated cheese, and a shake or two of Tobasco’s Chipotle. Wendy’s Chili has been a long favorite at CopyKat, and I hope you enjoy my take on this recipe. If you live in the south you may be familiar with Luby’s Cafeteria and their well known tortilla soup. Other favorites include the Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli, and some Crock-Pot chili.
4. No Time Taco Soup
5. Wendy’s Chili
6. Luby’s Tortilla Soup
7. Olive Garden Pasta Fajioli
8. SOS Crock-Pot Chili

The classics. So whenever I ask folks what do you do with ground beef? How to you prepare dinner when you start with a pound of ground beef, I get some standbys. So I am sharing my Taco Bell Tacos, homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff, and my White Castle Hamburgers. All three of these should help you prepare your classics in a new way.
9. Taco Bell Tacos
10. Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff
11. White Castle Hamburgers
12. Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce
Finally I have some other ideas for you. Some fun ones, and some that you can simply bake in the oven while you go do other things while you dinner is being cooking. I know sometimes when I get home, I throw everything I can into the oven, then work on a few things before dinner. I think cooking in the oven is so under rated, we go for the quick microwave, but I promise food cooks wonderfully in the oven, and you don’t have to attend to it while it is cooking away.
13. Creamy Meatballs
14. Taco Won Tons
15. Tangy Sweet Chipotle Meatballs
16. Porcupine Meatballs

So here you go, 16 recipes for ground beef. I bet one of these will work out well for you when it comes to trying to decide what to have for dinner. You may want to save some money by buying ground beef in bulk when it goes on sale, and then portioning it into smaller packages this way you will be ready when you want to make some recipes for ground beef.

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Gina | Running to the Kitchen

    I just took out ground beef tonight for tomorrow with literally no idea what to do with it. This is perfect 🙂

  2. Kimberly

    Is it weird that I sometimes crave ground beef (cooked, of course)? And my go to recipes in that case are tacos or hamburgers … thanks so much for these fabulous alternatives!

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