Some nights you stare into the open fridge, and it's hard to even think about what to make for dinner. Thankfully, if you have a package of ground beef, things are a whole lot easier. That's because ground beef is incredibly versatile. It 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.
That's why 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 plenty creative, too, so you aren't stuck having the same meal over and over again. 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 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!
The addition of pumpkin makes this hearty beef and bean chili perfect for fall.
This American classic was first concocted in the Lone Star State by—you guessed it—cowboys passing through on cattle drives. An ingredient you may not be familiar with, masa harina de maiz, is simply finely ground corn—similar to flour.
Forgo the traditional lunchtime sandwich for a tasty burger with classic trimmings including lettuce, tomato, onions, and a pickle.
Surprisingly quick and easy to prepare, meat loaf makes a filling meal alone or with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables.
For hamburgers, consider adding crumbled bacon to the ground meat, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, or breadcrumbs and beaten egg yolk.
A no-stir Bolognese sauce emerges fresh tasting and fragrant from a slow cooker. The lid seals tight to the pot, preventing moisture and flavor from escaping.
This easy-peasy combo of beef, spices, olives, and tomatoes is classic comfort food. Serve it over rice.
If you've never been to southern Ohio, you may not know the particular joys of Cincinnati Chili—a beanless ground beef sauce seasoned with cocoa and cinnamon, and traditionally served over spaghetti or hot dogs.
This comfort food mashup is served with a heaping helping of mozzarella cheese.
Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.
Skip the delivery and make your own pizza at home. Customize the toppings on this fun mashup to your family's preferences.
Get the recipe at Spicy Southern Kitchen.
Don't be fooled by this low-carb dish—it's still plenty filling! Try it out for your next taco Tuesday dinner. It's a yummy way to get everyone in the family eating their vegetables.
Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.
Although this blogger chose to use cauliflower rice in her loaded bowls, feel free to use white or brown rice to make your own. No matter what base you choose, this fuss-free dinner is super tasty.
Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.
This Italian-inspired meal is complete with basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.
These easy enchiladas are made with an unbelievably good homemade sauce
Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.