What All Can You Make With Ground Beef

Easy Ideas for Ground Beef

One of those ingredients we almost always have on hand is ground beef. At a fraction of the cost of steak, it gives your food a delicious meaty flavor. Additionally, since the meat is ground up, you can easily stretch it to feed more people by adding chopped mushrooms, grains, or beans. Best of all, we can always find a use for ground beef because it’s a staple in so many of our favorite comfort meals and family-friendly dinners. When you have ground beef on hand, you can make a variety of delectable meals, such as sloppy Joes, stuffed peppers, and meatballs. Take this simple, hearty meat sauce, for example. The beef is simmered with canned tomatoes and seasoned with dried herbs until the flavors blend perfectly. When paired with cooked spaghetti, this is the ideal fuss-free dinner that everyone will enjoy from the pantry.

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Chipotle, beer, and beef combine to create a quick and easy dish called chili.

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Chinese five-spice powder adds a kick to these enchiladas, which are packed with ground beef, tomatoes, Cheddar, olives, and raisins.

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Trying to lighten up my mother-in-law’s amazing recipe, I created this delicious beef stroganoff. In our home, we call it special noodles. —Recipe contributor Jennifer Riordan, St. Louis, Missouri.

A simple and satisfying entrée is a pasta and vegetable combination. Wine gives the sauce a taste boost and elevates this main course to perfection. —Recipe contributor Mike Tchou, Pepper Pike, Ohio.

A whole can of chiles adds fire to this casserole. Use as little of the can as suits your taste if you want less heat. —Recipe contributor Lisa A. Paul, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Since I received this simple ground beef recipe from my husband’s aunt decades ago, it has become a family favorite. Try using whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple salad goes nicely with this entree. —Recipe contributor Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia.

I have an early start on this crowd-pleasing supper by putting together grab-and-go pantry kits. I put the spice mixture and the dry macaroni into different containers and store them in a paper bag with canned tomatoes. —Recipe contributor Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon.

How to Make Ground Beef and Potatoes

This skillet with ground beef is not only going to be a hit with everyone at the table, but it’s also simple to prepare and clean up after.

Vegetables and ground beef can be cooked in the same skillet, saving you the trouble of washing multiple pans at the end.

  • Lean Ground Beef. The flavorful and scrumptious meat for this dish. Although I usually don’t use oil when cooking ground beef because the fat in the meat is sufficient to keep it from sticking, you can use a small amount of oil if your beef is extremely lean and your pan starts to look dry.

See Ground Beef Dinner Ideas for more delicious ground beef recipes.

  • Potatoes. A delicious combination with the ground beef is tender cubed potatoes (or mash them with ground beef like in Shepherd’s Pie) They go well with the spices in this dish and are filling and appetizing.
  • Red Bell Pepper. Adds a touch of color, freshness, and sweetness.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. Gives the dish depth and umami flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard. Its tanginess pairs wonderfully with the potatoes.
  • Spices. This recipe becomes incredibly delicious when smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and oregano are combined.
  • Hot Sauce. Use as much or as little as desired to suit your taste preferences for a delicious kick!

What All Can You Make With Ground Beef

  • Sauté the potatoes in oil.

What All Can You Make With Ground Beef

  • Along with the veggies, Worcestershire, mustard, spices, and hot sauce, brown the beef.

What All Can You Make With Ground Beef

  • Simmer until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the veggies are soft. Add the green onions. Serve as desired and ENJOY!.

Serve Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Merlot with ground beef and potatoes.

What All Can You Make With Ground Beef

  • To Store. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container.
  • To Reheat. Reheat the potatoes and beef in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  • To Freeze. Since thawed potatoes can have a mealy texture, I do not advise freezing this dish.
  • I enjoy making a hash out of leftovers by reheating the ingredients in a skillet and adding a fried egg on top. Or, you could add scrambled eggs to leftovers to make a scramble.
  • Wrapping your leftovers in a whole wheat tortilla makes them into a portable meal. Make sure to warm the filling up first. (Adding some cheese to the wrap would be scrumptious. ).

What All Can You Make With Ground Beef