Ground Beef Recipes

Our ground beef recipes are the most versatile. Meatloaf, yes; a slow-cooked meat sauce or ragu for pasta, of course; and then there's lasagna, meatballs, chili, and shepherd's pie. But ground beef makes for fast dinners too -- just think of all the burger possibilities, tacos too.

Staff Picks

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.29 stars
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Good meatloaf is about as comforting as comfort food gets. Thankfully, meatloaf doesn't have to be complex to be good. It just needs to be tender (from breadcrumbs soaked in milk and gentle handling) and flavorful (from onion, garlic, and ketchup).

Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Ground beef and sweet Italian sausage enrich the sauce for this beloved baked pasta, while no-boil lasagna noodles speed up the process. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Old-style pubs have it right: Sitting down to a generous helping of shepherd's pie is a true pleasure; making it is happily simple. We've added sharp cheddar to our mashed potatoes for a snappy topping.

Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.32 stars
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You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy—or so tasty!

Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 3.47 stars
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Stuffed cabbage is not only filling, but it's also simple to prepare. Our hearty stuffed cabbage recipe calls for meat, veggies, and more. Serve stuffed cabbage with hot tomato sauce and sour cream for the ultimate comforting winter meal.

Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

Rating: 3.39 stars
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This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Basic Empanadas

Rating: 3.39 stars
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These tasty and convenient Latin-American-style turnovers can be frozen for up to three months, individually wrapped in plastic and placed in resealable plastic bags. There's no need to thaw before baking, they can go right from the freezer to the oven.

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.44 stars
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Not your average blue-plate special, this meatloaf recipe brings three ground meats together with a sweet-and-sour glaze to form a tender and moist mealtime favorite.

30-Minute Chili

Rating: 3.42 stars
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This easy chili recipe makes eight one-cup servings; if you reserve half, you'll also have enough for four servings of our Cheesy Hash-Brown Bake, a stick-to-your-ribs meal for later in the week.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Rating: 3.58 stars
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No pasta's more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now, it's a breeze to make -- the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.

Meatloaf with Saltine Crackers

Saltine cracker crumbs replace the usual breadcrumbs in this family-friendly meatloaf with a sweet glaze.

Easy Beef Chili

No beans in this hearty ground beef-based chili! The meat is cooked with aromatics, then amped up with fire-roasted tomatoes, chili powder, and cocoa.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cottage Pie
Rating: Unrated
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A traditional cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with mashed potatoes. We used potato slices, which saves time and looks good, too. For a shepherd's pie, use lamb. Or, try a turkey twist: Add 2 cups finely minced turkey meat along with the peas.

Beef and Cheddar Hand Pies

Serve these savory pies made with store-bought puff pastry alongside a salad or roasted green vegetables, such as broccoli rabe.