5 Dishes to Make If You Love Ground Beef [Recipes]

The versatility of Ground Beef has made it one of America’s all-time favorite go-to cuts. From hamburgers to lasagna, tacos to meatloaf, pasta sauce to wraps, Ground Beef offers quick, easy and delicious options for any meal and for any occasion. Below we've compiled some of our favorite Ground Beef recipes for you to try at home!

1. Beef Chili

This traditional chili couldn't be any easier. Simply brown lean Ground Beef, add in pantry-friendly ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. The result? A chili that tastes like it's been cooking for hours. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) unsalted beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies or sliced jalapeño peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

Toppings:

  • Sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, sliced avocado (optional)

COOKING:

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  2. Stir in beans, broth, tomatoes, green chilies and chili powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes to develop flavors, stirring occasionally. Garnish with Toppings, as desired.

2.  Beef & Vegetable Fried Rice

Give leftover rice new life with seasoned Ground Beef and sautéed peas and peppers. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 package (6 ounces) frozen pea pods
  • 3 cups cold cooked rice
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

COOKING:

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, garlic and ginger; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; pour off drippings, if needed.
  2. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons water in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add bell pepper and pea pods; cook 3 minutes or until pepper is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice, soy sauce and sesame oil.
  4. Return beef to skillet; heat through. Stir in green onions.

3. Beef Breakfast Burritos

Ground Beef, peppers and onions are quickly sautéed and wrapped up with scrambled eggs. Serve with lime-cilantro cream and salsa.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend or shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 medium spinach or plain flour tortillas (10-inch diameter), warmed
  • Salsa (optional)

Lime-Cilantro Cream:

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat dairy sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

COOKING:

  1. Combine Lime-Cilantro Cream ingredients in small bowl, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef with bell pepper, onion, chile powder and cumin; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from beef mixture from skillet; keep warm. Cook's Tip:Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
  3. Combine eggs, water and 1 tablespoon cilantro in medium bowl. Spray same skillet with cooking spray. Pour into skillet; cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until scrambled, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, if desired. Stir in beef mixture and cheese; cook 1 minute or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Cook's Tip: You may substitute 1 cup egg substitute for beaten eggs. Omit water. Continue as directed in step 3.
  4. Spoon beef mixture evenly in a row across center of each tortilla, leaving 1-inch border on right and left sides. Fold right and left sides of tortilla over filling. Fold bottom edge up over filling and roll up; cut diagonally in half. Serve with Lime-Cilantro Cream and salsa, as desired.

4. Sloppy Joe Five Ways

If you are looking for tasty new ways to serve Sloppy Joes, we have the answer.

INGREDIENTS:

Traditional:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green, red or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no salt added or regular tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split, warmed

Toppings (optional):

  • Dill pickle slices, coleslaw, American or Cheddar cheese slices

COOKING:

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, onion and bell pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, as desired.
  3. Divide beef mixture evenly onto rolls. Garnish with toppings, if desired.

    Southwest Variation:
    Prepare recipe as directed above, substituting 2 cups salsa for tomato sauce and omitting Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Add 1/2 cup drained canned black beans and 1/2 cup frozen corn with ingredients in step 2. Serve in warmed taco shells. Garnish with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, shredded pepper-Jack cheese, chopped avocado, pickled or fresh jalapeño slices and chopped cilantro, if desired.

    Hawaiian Variation:
    Prepare recipe as directed above, substituting 1/2 cup sweet barbecue sauce for tomato sauce and omitting Worcestershire sauce. Add 1 undrained can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice with ingredients in step 2. Serve in small sweet Hawaiian honey wheat dinners rolls. Garnish with dill or sweet pickle slices or pickled jalapeño slices, if desired.

    Moroccan Variation:
    Prepare recipe as directed above, omitting Worcestershire sauce. Add 1/2 cup raisins, 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice and 1 teaspoon ground cumin with ingredients in step 2. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt. Serve in naan or pita pocket breads. Garnish with cucumber slices, nonfat Greek yogurt and chopped pistachios, if desired.

    Asian Variation:
    Prepare recipe as directed above, adding 1 tablespoon ground ginger with ingredients in step 1. Substitute 2 tablespoons hoisin for Worcestershire sauce. Serve in warm crusty rolls. Garnish with cucumber slices, shredded carrot and chopped cilantro or chopped green onion, if desired.

5. Easy Skillet Chili Mac

Enjoy the goodness of this fast and kid-friendly skillet meal combining Ground Beef, chili beans, salsa and fresh cilantro.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups prepared thick-and-chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni, warmed

COOKING:

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove drippings. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
  2. Stir in beans, salsa and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in cilantro.
  3. Serve beef mixture over macaroni.