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70 Easy Ground Beef Recipes That'll Make Weeknight Meals a Breeze

Double-stuffed taco potatoes? Yes, please.

ground beef recipes meatballs
Brian Woodcock

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!

ground beef recipes worcestershire burgers
Brian Woodcock
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Worcestershire-Glazed Burgers

All you really need for these simple burgers is some Worcestershire sauce to give it the right amount of tangy goodness.

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cheeseburger pizza recipe 
Maura McEvoy
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Cheeseburger Pizza

Pizza, meet cheeseburger. Tastebuds, meet heaven.

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SHOP SKILLETS

beef and stout skillet pie 
Photography by Iain Bagwell; Food styling by Simon Andrews; Prop styling by Megan Hedgpeth
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Beef and Stout Skillet Pie

Store-bought crust simplifies this flavorful one-pan beef pie.

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beef and pineapple tacos with mojo beans 
Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Beef-and-Pineapple Tacos with Mojo Beans

Give these your own twist! Swap out the beef for equal amounts of chicken breast or pork loin or trade pineapple for mango.

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slow cooker meatballs
Brian Woodcock
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Slow-Cooker Meatballs

Making this Italian favorite just got even easier.

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Pumpkin, Beef, and Black Bean Chili

The addition of pumpkin makes this hearty beef and bean chili perfect for fall.

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Cowboy Chili

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.

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All-American Burger

Forgo the traditional lunchtime sandwich for a tasty burger with classic trimmings including lettuce, tomato, onions, and a pickle.

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Prized Family Meat Loaf

Surprisingly quick and easy to prepare, meat loaf makes a filling meal alone or with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables.

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burgers
Debra McClinton
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Glazed Bacon-and-Cheese Burgers

For hamburgers, consider adding crumbled bacon to the ground meat, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, or breadcrumbs and beaten egg yolk.

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Bolognese Sauce

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.

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Quick Sautéed Cuban Beef

This easy-peasy combo of beef, spices, olives, and tomatoes is classic comfort food. Serve it over rice.

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Quickie Cincinnati Chili

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.

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Recipe Runner
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Lasagna Sloppy Joes

This comfort food mashup is served with a heaping helping of mozzarella cheese.

Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.

greek ziti bake 
Kate Sears
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Greek Ziti Bake

Give classic baked ziti a Greek spin.

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

SHOP SKILLETS

ground beef recipes shepherds pie
The Chunky Chef
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One Skillet Beef Shepherd's Pie

Keep clean up time to a minimum with this easy one skillet Shepherd's pie recipe.

Get the recipe at The Chunky Chef.

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ground beef recipes cabbage roll soup
Cooking Classy
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Cabbage Roll Soup

Take all the hassle out of making cabbage rolls with this soup that still delivers the dish's expected comfort food bliss.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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ground beef recipes instant pot pasta
Damn Delicious
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Instant Pot Beef Pasta

For a quick and easy weeknight meal, this Instant Pot pasta will become your new go-to, since it only takes 20 minutes to cook.

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.

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ground beef recipes meatball sub
Cooking and Beer
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Slow Cooker Meatball Subs with Parmesan Queso

The classic meatball sub gets a serious upgrade with decadent Parmesan and white cheddar queso poured on top.

Get the recipe at Cooking and Beer.

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ground beef recipes queso dip
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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Slow Cooker Beef Queso Dip

Break out the Crock-Pot for this easy game day staple that has a jalapeño kick.

Get the recipe at Spicy Southern Kitchen.

SHOP CROCK POTS

ground beef recipes thai rice bowl
Half Baked Harvest
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Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl

You can whip up this flavor-packed Thai rice bowl in only 20 minutes.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

SHOP SKILLETS

ground beef recipes empanadas
Jo Cooks
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Beef Empanadas with Salsa Verde

These empanadas are easier to make than they look, especially if you use store-bought puff pastry.

Get the recipe at Jo Cooks.

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ground beef dinner ideas
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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Cheeseburger Pizza

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.

ground beef dinner ideas bolognese
Half Baked Harvest
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Pesto Bolognese Lasagna

Easy casseroles are absolute lifesavers for busy weeknights. You can even whip this one up ahead of time and pop it in the oven right before dinnertime.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

ground beef dinner recipes ragu
Jo Cooks
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Beef Ragu Pasta

Use your Dutch oven to make this one-pot wonder. It's quick, easy, and comforting—which is everything dinner should be.

Get the recipe at Jo Cooks.

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ground beef dinner ideas zucchini
Recipe Runner
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Cheesy Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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.

ground beef dinner ideas unstuffed pepper
Cooking Classy
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Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

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.

dinner ideas ground beef nachos
Damn Delicious
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One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet

It doesn't get easier—or tastier!—than this one-pot dish.

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.

dinner ideas ground beef bolognese
The Cookie Rookie
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Easy Beef Bolognese

This Italian-inspired meal is complete with basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

dinner ideas ground beef enchiladas
Gimme Some Oven
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Beef Enchiladas

These easy enchiladas are made with an unbelievably good homemade sauce

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

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