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

Meatball Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
The ultimate; meatballs, made with ground pork and ground beef, are simmered in a quick tomato sauce, then topped with mozzarella and broiled.

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 705
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.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs

Swapping out some of the ground beef for chopped mushrooms is the secret behind the complex flavor of these meatballs. A quick blast in the broiler gives them a nice crust -- and the noncrisp parts soak up the delicious sauce.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Cheddar, Beef, and Potato Casserole

This cozy casserole is a super easy solution to the question of what's for dinner. The savory mixture of sautéed onions, ground beef, and mushrooms get some added bulk with a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and cheddar cheese. The hash brown topping is crisped up with help from the broiler. 
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Basic Empanadas

Rating: 3.5 stars 378
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.

Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 780
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!

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 699
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.

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 3.5 stars 510
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.

Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 3.5 stars 564
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.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Rating: 3.5 stars 537
No pasta's more iconic than spaghetti and meatballs, and now, it's a breeze to make -- the meatballs simmer right in the sauce.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our 15 Best Beef Dinner Recipes to Make for Sunday Evenings
Our selection of beef dinner ideas includes favorites like beef stew, pot roast, lasagna, and meatballs—recipes that simmer or bake slowly over the course of a lazy afternoon, making them well-suited to the weekends.
Beef-Zucchini Meatballs

Made with half beef and half shredded zucchini and cooked millet or quinoa, these flexitarian meatballs come together in just 30 minutes. Serve them with marinara sauce over roasted spaghetti squash or sauteed zucchini noodles.