20 Ground Beef Recipes to Mix Up Your Dinner Routine
There's so much you can make with this staple meat.
From meatballs to burgers to stir-fry, ground beef is one of the most versatile—and delicious—meat products out there. Plus, it's inexpensive and family-friendly, which gives us even more reason to love it. That's why we're sharing 20 different ways to cook with ground beef, starting with the Skillet Chili Nachos, pictured here. Corn tortilla chips are layered on the bottom of a cast iron skillet and are topped with beef chili, black beans, and shredded cheddar cheese. The whole dish is baked until bubbly and warm.
If you're looking for a dinner recipe to make with ground beef, try our "Steak and Egg" Skillet Pizza, inspired by the classic breakfast order. Homemade pizza dough is topped with sautéed ground beef and cracked eggs. It bakes in a cast iron skillet until the crust is crisp, cheese is melted, and eggs have set. This fun, family-friendly meal is a delicious change from the usual margarita or pepperoni.
Of course, ground beef lends itself to several Italian-American staples, such as Lasagna with Meat Sauce (ours is made with both ground beef and sweet Italian sausage), our Test Kitchen's Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs (so you can have your own Lady and the Tramp moment), or Grandma's Bolognese, which is hearty and extra flavorful thanks to the addition of pancetta and dried porcini mushrooms. Serve the latter over thick noodles such as pappardelle or tagliatelle for a spectacular dinner.
Switch up your dinner routine any night of the week with these ground beef recipes.
"Steak and Egg" Skillet Pizza
Have you always wanted to know the secret to Grandma's Italian-inspired Bolognese sauce? She wouldn't tell us the exact formula, but we think we got it pretty close with a combination of dried porcini mushrooms, pancetta, ground beef, and ground pork.
Easy Beef Chili
Enjoy these lightened up meatballs any night of the week (they only take 30 minutes to prepare!). They're made with ground beef, grated zucchini, and millet. Keep the meal nourishing and healthy by serving them over roasted spaghetti squash.
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Pappardelle with Quick Fennel Ragu
In under one hour, you can build plenty of flavor in this tomato-based ground beef ragu made with chopped onion and fennel. It's tossed with pappardelle for a family-friendly meal any night of the week.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs
Jennifer's Meatloaf Sandwiches
As much as we love meatloaf for dinner, you can also repurpose the leftovers into a handheld bite for lunch. Ground beef and ground pork work in tandem to make a classic meatloaf that is moist, flavorful, and easy to please.
Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger
Cajun Dirty Rice
Two kinds of meat—ground beef and chicken liver—shine in this super flavorful stir-fry. Paprika, dried oregano, and green bell pepper all make an appearance to add pizzaz to this entrée.
Sweet-Potato Shepherd's Pie
Celebrate Taco Tuesday with this 30-minute recipe. Ground beef is sautéed in a skillet along with bell peppers and onions, plus pinto beans, diced tomatoes, and plenty of spices. Top with tortilla chips and two kinds of cheese for a casual, family-friendly meal.
Beef and Cabbage Tacos
Mini Meatballs in Lettuce Cups
Looking for a ground beef appetizer? Try these Asian-inspired meatballs, which get unique flavor from a combination of garlic, ginger, fish sauce, and toasted sesame oil.