We've rounded up our best ground beef recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, because there are so many amazing ways to use it! You will find some simple ground beef recipes, ground beef casseroles, even some healthy ground beef recipes- there is something for everyone!
The Best Ground Beef Recipes!
Ground beef is a staple in cooking around the world. It is so versatile, there are endless possibilities of delectable recipes to use your culinary prowess and create unforgettable dishes.
We’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite ground beef recipes that are too good not to share. From crowd-pleasers to family favorites, there’s something for everyone!
- The Best Ground Beef Recipes!
- 1. Ground Beef Stew
- 2. Mexican Casserole
- 3. Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Bacon
- 4. Ground Beef Taco Meat
- 5. Doritos Taco Salad
- 6. Mexican Cornbread Casserole
- 7. BBQ Meatloaf
- 8. Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
- 9. Texas Chili
- 10. Stuffed Green Peppers
- 11. Spaghetti Bolognese
- 12. Dirty Rice
- 13. Rotel Dip
- 14. Creamy Beef and Shells
- 15. Hamburger Soup
- 16. Bechamel Pasta Bake
- 17. Mushroom Swiss Burger
- 18. Nachos Supreme
- 19. Walking Taco Casserole
- 20. Ground Beef Stroganoff
- 21. Albondigas Soup
- 22. Beef and Cheese Casserole
- 23. Pastel de Choclo
- 24. Sloppy Joes
- 25. Mexican Picadillo
- 26. Tacos Dorados
- 27. Swedish Meatballs
- 📋 Recipe
1. Ground Beef Stew
Beef stew is a quintessential cold-weather recipe and a family favorite. The heartiness of a bowl full of meat, vegetables, potatoes, and the savory gravy-like sauce is comfort food that goes straight to your heart and warms your belly.
This ground beef version gives you all of that delicious comfort without it having to take all day to simmer. Ready in only 90 minutes, you’ve got this classic, delightful dish on the table in no time.
2. Mexican Casserole
Casseroles are an American favorite and great one-pot meals. They make perfect freezer meals and easy dinners, so this one will become a beloved meal to put into your recipe rotation.
Full of flavor and a little spice, it’s your Mexican food favorites all wrapped up into one delectable dish.
3. Baked Beans with Ground Beef and Bacon
This is an incredible side dish for any BBQ; however, you could easily enjoy it as a meal too. It is full of rich and hearty beans, beef, and hickory smoked bacon.
Its flavors do a beautiful balancing act of sweet from the hint of brown sugar and smokey from the bacon and liquid smoke. A quick and easy recipe, it’s sure to become one of your favorites.
4. Ground Beef Taco Meat
Take your beef tacos to the next level with this tasty version of a classic beef taco. Of course, it has ground beef and taco seasonings in it, but it also has cilantro, onion, diced chilies, and lime.
A powerful and appetizing combo that will make your next taco night the best one yet.
5. Doritos Taco Salad
Take your taco salad to epic proportions with this fun twist on a traditional recipe. While completely customizable to your favorite taco toppings, this salad has a secret ingredient beyond the nacho cheese Doritos; Catalina dressing.
The flavor combination of the seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce, Doritos, and Catalina dressing is out-of-this-world good. Easy to make for a quick lunch or dinner, you’ll be enjoying this new favorite ground beef salad in under 30 minutes.
6. Mexican Cornbread Casserole
This is a corn lover’s dream. Full of delicious Mexican flavors from chilies, tomatoes, ground beef taco meat, and cheddar cheese, it also boasts both sweet corn and creamed corn.
The rest of the wonderful ingredients combine together and are cocooned in the luscious cornbread and topped with more cheese. A comforting casserole for any occasion.
7. BBQ Meatloaf
One of the most definitive ways to cook ground beef is in a meatloaf. This recipe is full of the classic meatloaf flavors with onion, seasonings, bread crumbs, and ketchup.
What makes a meatloaf is a glaze on top that truly adds to the overall texture and flavor profile as it cooks into the loaf. BBQ sauce adds a delicious tang and this recipe delivers a mouthwatering flavor the whole family will love.
8. Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
As I’ve gotten older and away from eating a lot of fast food, I’ve learned to create my favorite dishes at home. This copycat recipe of the beloved Taco Bell favorite hits the mark.
Whether you enjoyed the fast-food version or not, this recipe is a fun twist on pizza and a great way to shake up your culinary creations. It’s very customizable, easy and quick to make, and kid-approved.
9. Texas Chili
Chili is a favorite for cooking competitions and cook-offs. Traditional Texas chili does not have beans in it and neither does this recipe.
It’s packed full of flavor from the garlic, onion, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and seasonings. A hearty, full-bodied dish that is delicious to eat, fun to top with your preferred toppings, and another cold-weather favorite.
10. Stuffed Green Peppers
This is a healthy and wonderfully easy recipe to make that is packed with flavor. Seasoned ground beef, onion, tomato, rice, and cheese all combine together for a tasty, delightful filling.
The mixture is stuffed into the green peppers and cooked to perfection.
11. Spaghetti Bolognese
Bolognese is a traditional Italian red sauce packed with ground beef, vegetables, and plenty of flavor. This recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal as it comes together in under 45 minutes.
It’s meaty, filling, delightful, and a dish everyone loves. A recipe you will want to have on repeat.
12. Dirty Rice
There’s nothing dirty about this uniquely appetizing recipe. A tradition in Louisiana as far back as the late 1700’s this recipe has its roots in the south.
Another quick and easy meal that comes together in under an hour, it’s a “kitchen sink” style meal everyone enjoys. Full of savory meat, aromatic vegetables, and mouthwatering Cajun seasonings, it is a one-pot meal for the books.
13. Rotel Dip
This is an easy-to-make dip that is a delicious appetizer perfect for game days, potlucks, parties, and holidays. It packs a flavor punch with taco seasoned ground beef, Rotel tomatoes and chilies, and Velveeta cheese.
It’s an easy, cheesy dip ready to be devoured in 20 minutes.
14. Creamy Beef and Shells
This recipe is a masterful mash-up of Italian pasta with red sauce and shells and cheese. It has a creamy, dreamy blend of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, tomato sauce, ground beef, Italian seasonings, onion, garlic, and pasta shells.
It’s a hearty dish that makes for a fast and simple weeknight meal without sacrificing taste. A delicious one-pot meal ready in 20 minutes the entire family will gobble up.
15. Hamburger Soup
This is a savory, filling, beef and vegetable soup. It has a rich beef and tomato broth that is packed full of vegetables and has a ton of flavor.
Potatoes, tomatoes, onion, celery, ground beef, and seasonings all blend together in this delicious soup. Wonderful for those chilly nights to warm your body and soul.
16. Bechamel Pasta Bake
I love pasta bakes and this one is the kind that is so good you can’t stop eating it. Also known as Pastitsio or Macaroni Bechamel, this is a dish that has influences from Egypt and the Mediterranean.
Rigatoni, seasoned ground beef, and mouthwatering bechamel sauce all blend together and bake to perfection. It’s an addicting dish you’ll be making again and again.
17. Mushroom Swiss Burger
Hamburgers are as American as you can get and, in this day and age, we’ve gone full-on gourmet with our creations. This luscious, juicy, burger has become a common option on many menus.
No need to go to a restaurant though, this recipe has you enjoying your gourmet burger in 15 minutes. A mushroom lover’s dream, this burger is a delicious blend of seasoned hamburger, creamy Swiss cheese, and caramelized mushrooms all sandwiched between a toasted brioche bun.
18. Nachos Supreme
Take your nacho game to the next level with this incredibly indulgent and satisfying recipe. Whether you’re whipping them up for a game day appetizer or a fun family night dinner, these nachos are a supreme creation.
Tortilla chips are piled high with seasoned ground beef and beans, nacho cheese sauce, and Mexican cheese blend then baked to perfection. Once out of the oven, load 'em up with all of your favorite fixings such as tomato, onion, olives, avocado, and sour cream.
19. Walking Taco Casserole
The walking taco is a favorite at the American Midwest fairs. This recipe turns the classic fair treat made by creating a taco in a bag of your favorite corn chips into a casserole dish for the whole family to enjoy.
Completely customizable to your family’s favorite taco toppings, this dish has all of the traditional favorites. A fun, scrumptious, pleasing to the palate dish ensures the entire family will be coming back for seconds.
20. Ground Beef Stroganoff
This is a recipe most families know and love. This simple, savory, and delectable recipe is a version of the traditional recipe. It is quick and simple to make making it easy to get dinner on the table in flash.
Full of creamy, beefy flavor, the beef is seasoned and combined with onion, Worcestershire, flour, beef broth, optional mushrooms, and sour cream. It all mixes together for a wonderful, appetizing combination that is utterly delicious when poured over egg noodles.
21. Albondigas Soup
Albondigas soup, also known as Mexican meatball soup, is an incredibly delicious traditional soup. These Mexican meatballs are bursting with incredible taste.
This soup is packed full of tantalizing flavors and vegetables the entire family will love. It’s a rich, hearty, and oh-so-satisfying soup.
22. Beef and Cheese Casserole
This Italian-style beef and cheese casserole is a creamy, cheesy, tasty, and filling dish. It’s the perfect dish for potlucks, big crowds, or a fast and easy weeknight meal for the family.
Penne pasta, Italian seasoned ground beef, marinara sauce, spinach, garlic, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses all blend together in this must-have delightful meal.
23. Pastel de Choclo
A traditional casserole dish from Chile, Pastel de Choclo has layers of a sweet corn crust, minced meat, and chicken breast with hard-boiled eggs and raisins. While that might not sound appetizing, I assure you, it is a delicious blend of flavors.
The bottom sweet corn crust gets a crunch to it creating a texture balance to the creamier filling. This is a must-try dish and will be your new favorite recipe.
24. Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes just sing childhood memories, don’t they? The meaty mixture is overflowing with incomparable flavors of seasonings and tomato sauce.
The uniquely toothsome flavors are lightyears above those childhood school lunches and canned mixtures. This easy recipe is ready in 20 minutes and your kids will be singing your praises for such a hearty and delicious meal.
25. Mexican Picadillo
This is a meat and potatoes dish taken to the next level. Essentially, it is a hash used as a filling in a variety of recipes or simply eaten on its own.
It’s easy to make and uses pantry staples, leftovers, and refrigerated produce. Put the flavorsome mixture over rice and enjoy or use it as a filling for your tacos, burritos, tamales, enchiladas, or even throw an egg over it and enjoy for breakfast.
26. Tacos Dorados
Take your taco game up a few notches with this incredibly tasty recipe. The secret here is all about the taco shell.
Take a corn tortilla, warm it in the oven, add your taco seasoned ground beef mixed with cheese, and then fry the tortilla creating a next-level taco. The shell is crispy, yet pliable enough to stuff full of your favorite taco toppings.
27. Swedish Meatballs
This classic recipe has been a family favorite for years. It’s a hearty, tasty, dish that everyone loves.
The rich, creamy gravy is full of beefy flavor while the meatballs are tender and juicy and pair deliciously with the gravy. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes, you can enjoy them with a variety of side dishes.
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Best Ground Beef Recipes: Hamburger Steaks with Gravy (+More Tasty Meals!)
- In a large to medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika). Mix until just combined (do not over-mix).1 lb ground beef, 1 large egg, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon each, salt & pepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Portion out the hamburger steaks into 8, 2-inch balls, then flatten them into patties.
- Heat a large skillet, cast iron skillet, or frying pan to medium with the olive oil. Once the oil is shimmering place the portioned patties into your skillet (cook in batches, if needed).1 tablespoon olive oil
- Fry your hamburger steak patties until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked patties to a plate or tray, cover with a square of aluminum foil, and set aside. *Drain the grease if needed before sauteing the onions and mushrooms.
Mushroom Onion Gravy
- Add the sliced mushrooms and onions into your skillet and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 30 seconds then deglaze your pan with the cooking sherry wine.1 cup white onion, 1 cup white mushrooms, 2 tablespoon dry sherry, 1 tablespoon garlic
- Let the sherry simmer while you scrape the pan bottom to make sure that any fried bits are loosened, then add your beef broth and stir to combine. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry until well combined.2 cups beef broth, 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Bring the gravy to a simmer then reduce heat. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes then place the browned hamburger steaks into the gravy and simmer on low. Cover and let the hamburger steaks cook in the gravy for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- 1 cup sliced onion is, generally speaking, about 1 medium onion.
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms is, generally speaking, about 3-4 ounces or 4-5 button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms.
- Start with 1 tablespoon each of cornstarch and cold water to make your slurry, mix and add more as needed to get your desired gravy consistency.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!