In this article, we aim to give you the best ground beef dinner ideas that you can use to cook tasty dinners for you and your loved ones.
There are lots of beef meat recipes ranging from easy-to-prepare, cheap dishes to elaborate meals that may take a few hours to prepare.
It all depends on the occasion, whether is just a regular family dinner or a barbeque party with many guests.
We reached out to 40 food bloggers and chefs and asked them the following question:
What is the best ground beef dinner idea?
Keep reading to see what they had to say.
Elizabeth Girouard – Pure Simple Wellness
As a Health Coach and a busy mom of three, it’s always great to have simple, quick meal ideas. Grass-fed ground beef is a perfect staple to have in your fridge or freezer.
It’s easy to find in most grocery stores and it’s one of the most economical types of grass-fed meat. Grass-fed beef has more nutrients and essential omega 3 fatty acids than conventional grain-fed beef and fewer chemicals and antibiotics.
The uses for ground beef are limitless. You can use it to make a simple Bolognese sauce by adding it to store-bought pasta sauce, you can make tacos by adding taco seasoning, and you can add it to stir-fried vegetables with some tamari sauce or to a bean chili to boost the protein content.
One of my favorite ways to use ground beef is to make Sloppy Joes, which are a cross between chili and a Bolognese sauce. Since the traditional Sloppy Joes from my childhood were not very healthy, here is an updated recipe that is more paleo compliant.
Sloppy Joes have a nice thick sauce, so it’s easy to add (hide!) minced vegetables for more nutrients and fiber and to help your meat go further. For a pound a ground beef, add 1-2 minced carrots, 1 small minced onion and 1 minced red pepper.
Base: Sauté your minced carrots, onion, and pepper in olive, avocado or coconut oil with 2-3 cloves of minced garlic. Cook vegetables for 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften.
Then add the ground meat, breaking it up with a spoon, and cooking it on medium heat until it’s no longer pink. Drain the majority of the fat from the meat.
Sauce: Add a 15 ounce can of no sugar added tomato sauce, ¼ cup of water, 3 tablespoons of tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of yellow mustard (or 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder), and 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
Stir well to combine and simmer for 15 minutes or more until your desired consistency is reached. Add salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce as needed for taste.
For a low carb option, serve in a spaghetti squash bowl, over zucchini noodles, on top of a grilled portabella mushroom, or even over a salad. For a hungrier bunch, serve over a baked sweet potato (for a paleo version) or baked white potato and top with grated cheese.
The best ground beef dinner idea is moussaka. I love it because not only is it a source of protein and minerals such as iron from the beef, but it also is rich in nutrients due to the vegetables.
I prepare this dish with onion, tomatoes and eggplant. These are a great source of fiber, which helps you to stay full and maintain a healthy weight, among many other functions.
They also contain lots of vitamins and minerals, some of which are considered antioxidants and play a role in disease prevention.
Vegetables are naturally low in calories, which helps to keep the energy content of your diet at a reasonable level, and high in water, which is important to keep you hydrated.
While this dish may be high in saturated fat due to the inclusion of beef as well as a rich sauce, it is certainly fine to have some saturated fat in the diet as long as you don’t consume it in excess.
You could also potentially make modifications to make this dish less rich and consume fewer calories in your meal. However you prepare it, this dish tastes great and satisfies, while still providing a lot of nutrition.
Ted Kallmyer – Healthy Eater
My absolute favorite way to use ground beef is using it to make tacos. This is a meal that can be prepared in minutes and with a few modifications can actually be very healthy and nutritious.
Here’s what you need to make 12 tacos which are 2-4 servings.
- 1 pound of 93% lean ground beef
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 12 street taco size low-carb soft tortillas (I like the La Banderita brand which are 20 calories per tortilla)
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1 medium avocado sliced
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 12 teaspoons sour cream
- Taco sauce
Here’s how to make the tacos.
- In a non-stick skillet brown the ground beef.
- Add the taco seasoning as directed on the package.
- Dice the tomatoes and slice the avocado into 12 slices.
- Warm the tortillas slightly on a griddle or in the microwave.
- Assemble your tacos using equal amounts of all the ingredients.
This dinner can be made in 20-30 minutes and if making it for yourself, the leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a quick lunch or dinner later in the week.
Each taco is only about 125 calories and 11 grams of protein.
This is a quick and nutritious ground beef dinner the whole family will love.
Paula Sturm – Radically Nourished
Ground beef is a quick, easy, and inexpensive ingredient for weeknight dinners. However, it’s easy to run out of ideas on how to use it to keep dinners interesting. Here is one of my favorite ways to use ground beef.
I love making bowls. When making a bowl you want to include a source of protein, raw, and cooked vegetables and herbs, a flavor booster and/or healthy fat, a complex carbohydrate, and texture.
All these components in one bite are so satisfying, plus there is a never-ending list of ideas for healthy, yummy bowls.
One of my favorites is a beef burrito bowl with cauliflower rice topped with fresh cilantro and guacamole, served with a tortilla. Simply brown the beef in olive oil, onions, and garlic, and season with taco seasoning.
Simultaneously, saute frozen cauliflower rice with garlic and green onions seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the bowls by topping a scoop of beef mixture over a serving of cauliflower rice.
Finish with a good dollop of guacamole, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and chopped fresh green onions, then a squeeze of lime.
Serve with a tortilla. You can easily change up the toppings by adding chopped tomato. Or make it a taco bowl with some chopped romaine lettuce and shredded cheese.
I hope this idea got your creative juices flowing to create a ground beef bowl of your own.
My favorite use of ground beef is to brown it with a variety of seasonings and then mix with some veggies & tomato sauce to serve over pasta, zoodles, shirataki noodles, or spaghetti squash.
It’s delish on its own but the best part is repurposing the leftovers in a Shepherd’s Pie for dinner the next night.
For that, I just bake a couple of big sweet potatoes, mash up the insides, and press them into a pie plate for the bottom crust.
Then I pour in the leftover ground beef, veggies, and sauce, and top with the remaining mashed sweet potato.
Everything is already cooked so it just needs to go back into the oven to warm up for dinner the next night.
I usually bake the potatoes at the same time I’m cooking the ground beef on night 1 so that the second night is just combining ingredients and heating up.
There are so many options when it comes to making a ground beef dinner. My favorite is making a hamburger in a bowl or hamburger salad.
First, I like to pick an extra lean ground beef (93% lean/ 7% fat). Saute some onions in a little olive oil until they’re translucent and then add the ground beef. Cook the meat until it is browned, seasoning with salt, pepper, and powdered garlic.
On a plate, spread out 1-2 cups of chopped romaine lettuce and one small diced fresh tomato. Sprinkle 4oz. of the cooked ground beef over the lettuce and tomato evenly.
Then add all of your favorite hamburger fixings (spread evenly over the ground beef). These may include: shredded cheese, dill pickle chips, raw onion, crumbled bacon, and any other hamburger favorites.
After that, drizzle with ketchup and yellow mustard, which essentially becomes your salad dressing. Add some salt and pepper and enjoy! It’s a low-carb version of a tasty, healthy hamburger.
Anna Silver – Cook For Folks
There’s nothing better than succulent and flavourful ground beef. When cooked to perfection, ground beef can really make a dish.
Some of my all-time favorite ground beef dinner ideas include a classic homemade bolognese, ground beef tacos, and a hearty ground beef stew that is perfect for fall.
A classic spaghetti bolognese has got to be one of my favorite meals, especially when made using high-quality natural ingredients.
The combination of succulent ground beef, thick and rich tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of cheese is unmatched.
Ground beef tacos are another great dinner idea especially if you’re looking for something easy and fun to make.
This is a great dinner choice if you’re hosting as it enables everyone to sit around the table for a light-hearted meal.
A ground beef stew is something I love to have when I crave a filling meal. This is perfect for the fall as it works well with seasonal produce.
Ground beef can be used in a ton of different ways in recipes. Here’s a northern Minnesota classic: the walking taco.
It’s actually simple to make. All you’ll need is:
Chips (Doritos, Fritos, Mexican Style Chips, etc)
The rest is optional, but typically I add shredded cheese, lettuce, olives, et cetera.
All you’re going to do is cook the ground beef, then combine and mix it with the chips, shredded cheese, olives, and whatever else you want in it.
You’ll have what’s called a “walking taco” as you can typically just put it in a container or even the bag of chips it came in and go anywhere with it.
All you do is eat it with a fork from that point on, or use the chips to scoop up the beef and eat it like that.
I really like this recipe because it’s very simple and makes use of ingredients you have at home. You don’t need to go out and buy anything crazy, just use whatever is in the fridge and cabinet.
Plus, my favorite part about this recipe is that it tastes amazing. When you’re adding Doritos, shredded cheese, et cetera- you’re creating a food that has a ton of flavor. This certainly isn’t bland and kids love it.
Speaking of, this can easily feed a family. I usually take a pound or two of ground beef (depending on how big your family is) and cook this all up.
You just evenly distribute this and everyone enjoys it. This is a very common food in the northern Minnesota culture during the winter.
Plus, it’s super inexpensive. You just need the ground beef and chips, this isn’t a recipe that is going to make you break the bank or go out shopping for something expensive.
If you’re looking for seasonings- typically any taco seasoning works. Personally, I just add salt, pepper, and cumin to give that ‘taco’ flavor, and that works great. But, a lot of the flavor comes from the chips, so if you don’t have a lot of spices that’s okay too.
It tastes great, it’s easy to make, it’s inexpensive as well (just a bag of chips and beef), it feeds a ton of people, and it’s a Midwest classic.
Carrie Lam – Dr. Lam Coaching
This beef broth is for invigorating the body and is nourishing for the blood as it helps in boosting iron.
The nutritional value goes far beyond what meets the eye.
Beef broth is packed with nutrients, easy to digest, rich in flavor, and loaded with restorative amino acids. It contains all of the necessary nutrients for the human body, such as proteins, vitamins, B complex, and minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc).
It has been used as a whole food source since early civilization. Studies show it helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation, and promotes a strong immune system that is tied to the adrenal glands.
- 0.25 pound organic extra lean ground beef
- 2 cups water
- 2 slices ginger
- Salt to taste
- In a medium-size pot, soak ground beef and ginger in the water for 30 minutes. Stir and make sure the ground beef is loosened in the water
- Bring the ground beef mixture to boil
- Reduce heat and simmer for one minute
- Add salt to taste
- Strain the soup, drink only the broth
- The beef broth can be rotated with other broth recipes such as chicken broth. Ideally, the beef broth should be made fresh daily in the morning. Another option is to double the recipe and make a large batch. Then freeze it in 2 cup portions or the amount indicated in your protocol, so you can easily pull one out and warm it up on the stove when ready to consume.
- Drink warm to hot as tolerated, one cup each time. The best time to drink the beef broth is mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
- Do not reheat in the microwave. Reheat on the stovetop.
- For the weaker constitution and digestion, do not eat beef. You can use the beef for use in casserole or sauces.
Ashley Wood – Demystifying Your Health
Ground beef is a great option when it comes to making dinner because it’s so versatile.
However, it can be unhealthy if not paired with the right ingredients. A great way to avoid this and have something yummy is to make zucchini boats!
All you need are a few simple things, and you have a delicious, healthy meal. I like to choose lean ground beef (90% or less fat content) because this helps cut down on some of the unhealthy fats.
You’ll also need zucchinis—about 3 – 6 medium to large size (depends on the number of servings you’re making). Other ingredients include tomato paste, seasonings, and low-fat shredded cheese.
To make, you need to cut the zucchini in half (lengthwise), scoop out the middle and place the halves on a baking sheet. Next, you need to brown the ground beef.
You can add onions, peppers, or other vegetables if you like. Once the meat is cooked, mix in the tomato paste and seasonings (ex. basil, rosemary, oregano) to taste.
After everything is thoroughly blended, scoop the mixture into the zucchini and cover with the shredded cheese before placing it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (or until bubbly).
Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Amy Roskelley – Health Beet
Ground beef can be used in a variety of ways to make a complete, satisfying dinner. The way I like to use ground beef best though is in soups like taco soup and chili.
When including ground beef in taco soup and chili, you can use as much or as little as you like, without it affecting the final taste.
If you only have 1 lb of beef but want to feed 10 people, you can fill the rest of the soup with a variety of vegetables and beans.
This not only tastes great, gets you loads of nutrients for very little money, but also can provide a huge meal for a crowd.
Creating soups this way also allows you to control the calories. The more beans and vegetables you include in your taco soup or chili, the more volume of food you get, for fewer calories.
Sarah Cull – In Full Flavour
I always think you can’t go wrong with an enchilada. They’re straightforward to make but taste delicious and can be spiced up to suit your palate.
Firstly, cook up a chilli con carne to your normal recipe. If you can do this in advance then making this meal will be super speedy!
Next, pre-heat the oven to 200C. To make the enchiladas, take a tortilla, place the chilli down the centre of the wrap, fold the ends up and roll it up. Place it in an ovenproof dish. Repeat this until you have enough for your diners.
Spread some grated cheese over the top of the filled tortillas, as well as jalapenos and fresh chillies, if desired.
Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted. When it is ready to serve, you can enjoy it with sour cream or guacamole.
Aysegul Sanford – Foolproof Living
Guacamole Burgers With Roasted Red Onion & Sweet Potato
Try these easy minced meat burgers. A twist on the classic, these are served with a healthy dollop of guacamole which adds a fresh and creamy layer to the rich burgers.
Serve with a side of sweet potatoes, a salad or friends, and be sure to impress any dinner guest.
These burgers can be whipped up in just 30 minutes and offer plenty of protein and nutritious veggies.
These Turkish meatballs need only a few ingredients and will delight your dinner guests.
They’re hearty wholesome and packed with protein. I like to serve them up with a tangy tahini yogurt sauce which adds a creamy base to your beef but you could also serve them with rice quinoa or pasta.
Best Spaghetti Bolognese
If you’re stuck on what to use your ground beef for then why not opt for a classic Italian Bolognese.
This hearty dish will leave you satisfied, satiated and asking for seconds. Grate some parmesan over the top and garnish with some fresh basic for some delicate flavor accents and enjoy!
Helen Schofield – Scrummy Lane
My favorite ground beef dinner idea is a classic Greek moussaka. It’s a lot easier to make than you might imagine, especially as this version doesn’t include potatoes which I really don’t think you need.
It makes a fantastic midweek meal idea as well as a perfect option for easy entertaining for a mini crowd.
As well as ground beef, all you need to make it is some roasted eggplant slices, pantry ingredients and some simple Greek herbs and spices.
You don’t really need many ingredients, but the flavor is incredible and uniquely Greek.
Serve it with a classic Greek salad, Greek tzatziki sauce and 2-minute olive oil toasts for an incredibly easy but impressive taste of the Mediterranean!
This moussaka also keeps well in the fridge and makes a really good freezer meal. I simply freeze separate portions in airtight containers. To serve, just defrost and reheat gently in the microwave.
Brian Andrada – The Golden
Ground beef is one of the easiest ingredients to whip up on your dinner table. Aside from burgers, tacos, and chili, there are many dinner ideas out there where you can use ground beef.
Cottage pie makes use of inexpensive ingredients and can be easily made from scratch. You can use different herbs and ingredients to put some twist on your own recipe.
Add some vegetables in the season if you want to go for a healthy dish for you or your family.
You can pair this nourishing meal with roasted or buttered vegetables with fresh bread. This easy-to-make ground beef dinner idea is versatile and can be cooked in a number of ways.
Jana Mowrer – Health Wins
Pineapple Beef Burger with a side salad.
Add the bun and order dressing on the side. This meal covers all food groups. Fruit, veggies, complex carbs, fat and lean protein.
Some key points to note: the Vitamin C levels in the Pineapple help absorb the iron that will come from consuming the beef patty.
This is helpful for anyone with iron deficiency anemia or for women prior to our during their menstrual cycle.
Adding the bun to this meal helps provide carbohydrates that are needed throughout the day for overall energy levels.
I typically recommend between 30-50 grams of carbs (sometimes more depending on activity levels) to help keep blood sugar levels consistent.
I recommend having lean or extra lean ground beef to reduce overall Saturated Fat intake.
Pair with a side salad to add fiber and micronutrients which help create a heart-healthy diet. This can be a great summer meal to make and enjoy on the BBQ!
Dmitri Kara – Fantastic Oven
Ground beef tomato pasta with a cheddar blanket on top
One of my personal absolute favorite recipes for beef mince is the tomato pasta topped with cheese combo that both family and friends love. It’s healthy, super tasty, and easy to cook.
- 500g dried pasta, be it fusilli, rigatoni, macaroni, or penne, they all work;
- a tablespoon of oil (avocado works, too);
- fresh vegetables, like a couple of minced garlic cloves; diced onion; green bell pepper; mushrooms; carrots;
- 450g of lean ground beef;
- a quarter tablespoon of salt; same with pepper;
- 125g of cream cheese;
- two tablespoons of tomato paste;
- about 800g of mashed tomatoes;
- some cherry tomatoes;
- and shredded cheese (up to your preference; cheddar, mozzarella, regular cheese, they all work);
- additional herbs and spices of your choice.
- Saute all vegetables
- Mix with minced beef
- Mix and add cream cheese, chopped tomatoes, and the paste
- Cook your pasta of choice
- Top with cheese and throw it in the oven.
- Bake until you’re happy with the dish!
Jessica Braider – The Scramble
While, of course, burgers and meat sauces are fun, this Chipotle Beef, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Stew is a delicious and different way to enjoy ground beef!
We don’t normally think of ground beef as a stew ingredient, but it adds wonderful texture and flavor to this dish (and is so much cheaper than stewing meat, which makes it easier on your wallet, too!).
Paired with the smokiness of the chipotle peppers, you end up with a cozy, nourishing, dish that is fun to eat on its own or with crunchy tortilla chips.
And while many stews take hours to prepare, this one is ready in only 25 minutes, thanks to the quick-cooking beef and a trick for preparing the sweet potato that will make meal preparation forever easier!
Christina Russo – The Kitchen Community
One of the greatest passions in my life is Chinese food, so whenever I get the chance I try to sneak it onto my everyday menu. And that’s where Mongolian Beef enters the picture, stage left via an unexpected night out at a local restaurant.
After ordering it once, I knew I had to try and make this exciting, vibrant and delicious dish a staple of my culinary routine, which is exactly what I did.
Even though it probably isn’t the ground beef dish that most people who sit at my table expect when they come to dinner, but that’s why I like to serve it.
It introduces my friends and family to something that they never thought they’d try, and invariably they all adore it as much as I do. And after one mouthful, they always want more.
But the best thing about Mongolian Beef? As long as you have the ingredients ready to go, it’s quick and easy to prepare, and the default recipe that I always use can be found here.
Lilian – Simple Living Recipes
If you love tacos and you love pasta, this is the perfect dish for you.
This one-pot taco pasta is a great dinner idea. First, because it has so much flavor!! It combines ground beef, salsa, olives, onions, cheese, and all the amazing Mexican spices, making this pasta taste simply amazing. For the taco lovers, this dish will incredible!!
Second, it cooks in its own sauce. Yes, that’s right! You don’t need to waste your time boiling water and using two pans. You add all ingredients to one pot, and it will cook and create its own sauce. It couldn’t get any better than this!!
It’s also very versatile. You can customize the pasta, and the seasoning and even add other vegetables if you’d prefer. It’s a complete meal, packed with protein and vegetables, being the perfect meal for your busy night. Your only problem here would be holding yourself to not eat everything.
Ruiz Asri – Honest Food Talks
After my partner cooked up spaghetti bolognese for dinner the day before, I decided to use the leftover ground beef to make homemade Philly cheesesteak dinner for the two of us which turned out amazing!
You start by slicing 1 medium-sized yellow onion and then caramelise them with 2 tablespoons of butter.
Next, add 1-2 bell peppers (sliced) and fry them together with the onions until softened. Meanwhile, drizzle olive oil in a skillet and stir-fry 200g of ground beef under medium-high heat for 5 minutes. When frying, season the ground beef with salt and pepper to taste.
Then, add the caramelised onions and peppers to the ground beef, and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese to the beef and let them melt and mix together in the skillet.
Slice a hoagie roll in half and butter on both sides. Place them on a baking tray and pour the cheesy ground beef, onion, and bell peppers over the hoagie.
Add another cup of grated cheddar all over the meat, before popping them into an oven to grill for about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy while it’s hot!
Don Baiocchi – Paleo Gluten Free Guy
My favorite way to use ground beef is to make meatloaf. It’s classic comfort food and easy to make. Leftovers are just as good too, making them perfect for meal prep.
By just mixing ground beef with an egg, breadcrumbs (or almond flour to make it gluten-free), ketchup, and seasonings, you can create a hearty meal. All you need are some simple sides such as mashed potatoes, peas, broccoli, or a salad and you’re all set.
There are so many ways to customize it so you don’t get bored. You can make it Italian or Mexican, use barbecue sauce instead of ketchup, make mini loaves, etc. And it’s even better if you use a combination of lean and fatty ground beef, so the meatloaf is juicy but not greasy.
Melissa Eboli – Via Melissa
There are many dishes that can be made with ground beef.
Some of my favorite and obvious suggestions include tacos, Italian meatballs, and classic burgers.
A more original dinner idea with ground beef would be stuffed peppers. This dish entails ground beef, rice, tomato sauce, and a large pepper for stuffing.
You can even top this off with breadcrumbs and or cheese for a twist to the dish.
Ground beef also makes for a great stir fry dish as well with mixed veggies and can be topped with your favorite sauce such as teriyaki.
Jessica Formicola – Savory Experiments
Ground beef is an excellent dinner option, but nearly all home cooks do not correctly brown the meat, which results in lackluster meals.
To brown ground beef properly, add it to a hot skillet and wait for it to develop a nice, brown crust before moving, flipping, or breaking it apart.
When it browns, flip it and brown it on the other side before breaking apart to cook fully. If you do not brown ground beef, it can be chewy, dry, and lack flavor, but beef browned on high heat with a nice crust will be flavorful and juicy- the perfect base to any ground beef dinner.
Kelly Tomlinson – Live Love Texas
My favorite ground beef dinner idea is my Taco Tater Tot Casserole. This recipe combines all the flavors of tacos with a homecooked tater tot casserole.
It features crispy tater tots, ground beef, green chiles, black beans, corn, and lots of cheese in a complete meal. No sides are required here. Aside from browning the ground beef, you have a one-pan meal.
Taco Tater Tot Casserole is perfect for when you’re feeding a crowd or on busy weeknights. It can be modified to be as spicy or mild as you like. This recipe is also super kid-friendly because what kid doesn’t love tater tots and tacos?
You may find luck by gradually adding in the various toppings to get your little ones used to trying the new ingredients. For a Meatless Monday variation, you can use veggie crumbles.
Serve with all of your favorite taco toppings. Our family likes to top ours with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.
Mariam Sodawater – Recipe 52
Nothing could beat the goodness of freshly baked naan bread. And when you stuff it with spiced ground meat that’s what makes the best ground meat dinner idea.
This oven-baked crispy Keema naan is stuffed with spicy and tangy kebab-like ground meat. And what more? They are melt in the mouth soft from the inside and crispy on the outside.
Keema naan pairs very well with any chutney like mint chutney or garlic yogurt dip or any sweet and spicy sauce. You may also add sliced onions or salsa on the side.
What makes it more dinner-friendly is you can prepare ahead. You can marinate ground meat a night ahead and store it in the fridge. The dough can also be prepared 4-6 hours ahead. (You can also use pizza or pita bread dough.)
Just remove the ground meat stuffing 30-45 minutes ahead of making from the fridge, so the stuffing is at room temperature and cooks quickly. The dough is also pliable and fun to work with. And you don’t even need a rolling pin for it, just use your hand to stuff and spread the naan dough.
You just need 15 minutes to cook naan and your family will love it and rave about it!
Catherine Ramos – A Seasoned Greeting
Want to add a fun new twist to taco Tuesday? Or maybe you’re looking for a creative way to use up some ground beef? Make these crunchy taco meatballs!
This recipe is loaded with spices and flavor, has the perfect amount of crunch, and a great meal to serve to your family.
Just set out the cooked meatballs with an assortment of taco toppings and let everyone fix up their meatballs just the way they want!
These are easy to make in just a few steps. First, toast the Panko bread crumbs.
While the Panko is toasting, start making the taco meatballs with seasoned ground beef and chopped black beans. Next, roll the meatballs in the toasted Panko. Last, bake the meatballs!
Serve them with all your favorite taco toppings like chopped lettuce, diced onions, guac, sour cream, and cheese!
You can also make this spicey by adding cayenne pepper to the ground beef mixture!
Kristen McCaffrey – Slender Kitchen
When you want to make a restaurant-worthy dish at home, make these delicious Asian Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps for dinner!
They are healthy, full of bold flavor, and ready in just 15 minutes.
This tasty dish is made with lean ground beef, red bell peppers, mushrooms, and a savory sauce you will want to put on everything.
This can be served as an appetizer, prepped ahead for lunches, or served for dinner.
Plus this recipe couldn’t be more versatile – swap in different veggies, add noodles or rice or make them spicy. The options are endless.
Alexandra Tran – Schimiggy
I’ve been making this beef lasagna for years and love making it for friends and family.
It tastes exactly like Stouffer’s lasagna, which is something I grew up in a Vietnamese household. My parents never taught me the art of pasta because that was not our background.
Now I make my own variation and love adding mushrooms and even pecorino cheese to give it more flavor.
This dish takes less than 3 hours to prepare and you can even freeze it for up to a month. It makes a great meal for the entire family. It’s always a hit at my gatherings and parties too.
My favorite ground beef dinner idea is to make simple air fryer ground beef.
You can use this recipe for meal prep to make salads, tacos, wraps, casseroles, or a variety of other easy dishes.
If you use lean ground beef, you’ve got a lean protein base that’s ready to be seasoned however you like.
Clean-up is easy- no scrubbing a skillet afterward, and most air fryer trays are nonstick.
Alea Chappell – Trendgredient
My best ground beef dinner idea is to make taco meat stretch into at least 2 dinners! When it is taco night at my house, I brown and season lots of extra taco beef.
My family uses some of the meat to make tacos (along with the usual taco fixings).
The next day, instead of having taco night again, I repurpose the leftover taco meat to make oven empanadas.
I make pouches out of store-bought pie crust, stuff them with the taco meat mixture and shredded cheese, seal them, brush them with egg wash, and bake them.
They come together in about 20 minutes and they are a great way to repurpose the taco meat.
If you still have leftover taco meat, you can freeze it for up to 2 or 3 months. Defrost the meat and you can have taco/empanada night again!
Abby Cooper – Stem and Spoon
There are so many to choose from but a personal favorite of mine is this keto chili (also gluten-free and dairy-free) because it’s so versatile!
It’s a great feed-a-crowd type of meal that is also perfect for weekly meal planning since leftovers keep well and even tastes better 1-2 days after.
While chili is often considered to be a high-carb meal, this no-bean chili is packed with vegetables, seasonings, and lots of protein and it only takes about half an hour to prepare.
The recipe is also very versatile and lends well to riffing, subbing in your favorite veggies, or different types of ground meat.
I love that it’s true comfort food while still being a nutrient-dense meal. It’s packed with flavor, is low in carbs, and works well for a variety of eaters.
Sondra Barker – Cuisine and Travel
My two favorite recipes to make using ground beef are Pasta E Fagioli Soup (like the one found at Olive Garden) and Homemade Meatballs.
Fagioli soup is so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes. It is also healthy, low-calorie, and freezer friendly.
Homemade Meatballs can also be made in under 30 minutes with the use of an Instant Pot or they can also be made in a slow cooker.
Both result in moist, tender meatballs that can be served over your favorite regular or gluten-free pasta, polenta, or just eaten with melted mozzarella and a side of vegetables.
Sunena Anand – The Sassy Foodie
Ground beef tacos are a no-brainer dinner idea, for when you have ground beef on hand and you’re looking for something quick and foolproof. Better than regular beef tacos though are cheesy taco pockets!
They are a fantastic way to incorporate ground beef into your dinner rotation, with a fun twist that adults and kids will both love.
Premade biscuit dough gets stuffed with a cheesy, ground beef taco filling. The filling is perfectly spiced with ancho and chipotle chile powder, garlic powder, some jarred salsa, and of course cheese!
Air fry the taco pockets, and the result is a golden brown flakey shell, with a delicious and cheesy taco filling with the right amount of spice.
The biscuits make these taco pockets filling enough for a meal on their own. Serve up with your favourite taco fixings like sour cream and pickled jalapeños, and enjoy!
Amy Cross – The Cross Legacy
The gluten-free, allergy-friendly meatballs recipe is versatile as it can use a variety of vegetables.
The vegetables in the recipe help stretch the meat and are a great way to hide veggies from family members who may be resistant to eating vegetables on their own.
The vegetables can be substituted for what you have on hand or what your family prefers.
This recipe is easy to make extra for the freezer for a busy day later.
Auria Abraham – Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen
Here’s a fun dinner idea using ground beef. They’re Vietnamese summer rolls with a toothsome bite, stuffed with seasoned ground beef, fresh veggies and a spicy, peanutty sauce that holds all the flavors of Southeast Asia.
The best thing about this meal is that everyone gets in on the fun of assembling and rolling their own rolls. The challenge becomes hilarious and competitive.
The first rolls will be laughable, but with each person having three or four attempts, the final rolls will be little masterpieces that your guests will be so proud of!
Jennifer Lopez – Beauty and the Bench Press
One of the best, easiest dinners to make using ground beef is a quick taco casserole!
You simply add your ground beef mixed with taco seasoning and peppers on top of hash browns in a casserole dish then bake in the oven.
Finish off with your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, tomato avocado, and hot sauce. Easy and delicious!
And if you want to make this recipe lower in carbs, just substitute the hash browns for cauliflower rice for a low-carb version.
This recipe works perfect for meal prep and holds up great for leftovers throughout the week!
Angela – The Short Order Cook
Cooking with ground beef may seem overwhelming since it is so versatile. At the same time, it can also feel boring. Do not worry, ground beef dinners can be exciting & flavorful.
With the increase in food prices lately, cooking with economical ground beef is the way to go these days. It is easy to transform ground beef into something delicious that the entire family will love.
For a comforting dinner recipe that is so simple to put together, try this quick lasagna recipe. Without any noodles to boil, it comes together so fast. Bonus, it is perfect for those on a low-carb or gluten-free diet.
There are so many reasons to try out this amazing authentic tasting lasagna. It’s hearty, cheesy, and all things wonderful about traditional Italian food. Nonnies all over Italy would never believe it is only 4 net carbs a serving. So grab a few ingredients at the store and get cooking with ground beef.
Maggie Smith – Maggie’s Oven Cleaning
Craving a delicious ground beef dinner meal? Stir things up and make ground beef meat pie instead of regular bolognese or burgers.
It’s a dish full of flavors and the ultimate comfort food to add to your weekly dinner menu. To make this yummy flaky pie stuffed with minced beef, you need.
- Pie dough (store-bought or homemade 9-inch double crust)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1-2 medium carrots, sliced
- 1-2 small potatoes, diced
- Beef gravy
- Salt and pepper
- First, prepare the ground beef stuffing. Heat the butter in a suitable skillet and add the onion, garlic, and ground beef. Use a spatula to stir well and cook until the meat becomes brown.
- Then, add the carrots, potatoes, and gravy and cook for another 5-6 minutes over medium-high heat. Remember to stir occasionally. The beef mixture is soon ready. Take the skillet off the heat and season with parsley, salt, and pepper.
- Now, it’s time to put together the pie. Heat your oven to 220-230 °C. Put the first dough layer in a pie pan to form the bottom pie crust. Spread the beef filling evenly and top with the second dough crust. Make a few slits for ventilation and brush the egg over.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the pie crust is golden brown.
- Once your pie is ready, let stand for a few minutes and serve warm. Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
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