Ground Beef Recipes

With a little ground beef, a quick meal is only minutes away. Whip up these tried-and-true recipes of ground beef chili, ground beef casserole, and ground beef rice that pinch pennies but indulge in flavor.

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Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

From EatingWell

A combination of lean ground beef and ultra-lean ground turkey breast makes a less-greasy filling. Bypass taco-seasoning packets in favor of making your own full-flavored filling.

Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

EatingWell Crispy Taco Shells

From EatingWell

Surprisingly easy and far better-tasting than store-bought taco shells.

EatingWell Crispy Taco Shells

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How to Brown Ground Beef
How to Brown Ground Beef

Cooked ground beef is super helpful to keep on hand giving you the ability to whip up a family-friendly meal in minutes. Watch as we show you how to brown ground beef using our easy tips for perfectly cooked beef.

How to Brown Ground Beef

Kefta

From EatingWell

Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco's most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It's delicious served with ratatouille.

Kefta

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

From EatingWell

Kids and adults alike will love these quick, zippy burgers. The beans make the burgers a little fragile, so be careful when taking them off the broiler pan. Make it a meal: Serve a green salad and frozen mango slices for dessert.

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

From EatingWell

This version of the chain-restaurant favorite has fresh flavors and a healthy nutritional profile. Vary the heat by varying the type of salsa you use. Baked corn tortilla chips and lime wedges are natural accompaniments.

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

"Fajita" Burgers

From EatingWell

This spicy burger is served on an oblong roll, slathered with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise and topped with roasted Anaheim peppers and a delicious slaw.

"Fajita" Burgers

Neapolitan Meatballs

From EatingWell

A touch of cinnamon distinguishes these delicious tomato-sauced meatballs. Adding whole-grain bulgur allows you to use less meat, resulting in meatballs with less than half the total fat and saturated fat of the original. Plus a vibrant-tasting combination of fresh and canned tomatoes in the sauce helps reduce the sodium by two-thirds. Serve with pasta, polenta or even on a whole-grain roll with a bit of melted part-skim mozzarella for a meatball sub.

Neapolitan Meatballs

Black Rice Curried Meatloaf

From EatingWell

Meatloaf need not be boring or dry. This version is moist with cooked rice and plenty of vegetables. Curry powder gives extra flavor to the meatloaf and mango chutney spread on top stands in for the traditional ketchup topping.

Black Rice Curried Meatloaf

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

From EatingWell

We braise these spicy beef meatballs and Chinese cabbage in a bit of beef broth. Make it a meal: Ladle over brown rice or noodles with steamed broccoli and carrots on the side.

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

Mini Shepherd's Pies

From EatingWell

In EatingWell's take on Shepherd's Pie, we replace the potato topping with convenient, delicious frozen squash puree. And they're baked in individual ramekins to guarantee perfectly sized servings and help you get it on the table fast.

Mini Shepherd's Pies

Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

From EatingWell

This diner classic gets a makeover by replacing some of the ground beef with finely chopped portobello mushrooms, which add moisture and flavor. We like a smear of pickle relish on top, but you could try chutney, mustard or hot pepper relish in its place. Make it a Meal: Round out the plate with Oven Sweet Potato Fries and Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

Beef & Bean Chile Verde

From EatingWell

Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapenos and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. Make it a Meal: Serve with fresh cilantro, red onion and Monterey Jack. Add cornbread on the side and your favorite hot sauce.

Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Middle Eastern Burgers

From EatingWell

Exotic-tasting spices and chopped prunes give Middle Eastern flair to these truly succulent burgers. Serve with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce, slices of ripe tomato, lettuce and sharp red onion.

Middle Eastern Burgers

Picadillo

From EatingWell

Picadillo, which means "small bits and pieces," is a sweet-and-savory spiced ground- meat mixture from Latin America. Serve with warm corn or whole-wheat flour tortillas.

Picadillo

Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

From EatingWell

Back in the 19th century, an English doctor named J.H. Salisbury prescribed beef for all manner of ailments. We think he'd love this healthy update of the ground-beef-and-onions classic that bears his name. The sauteed watercress is an excellent foil to the meaty glazed beef.

Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

Latin American Empanadas

From EatingWell

These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.

Latin American Empanadas

Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

From EatingWell

Eggplant gives this pasta sauce a rich meatiness that complements the ground beef. Plus the eggplant allows us to use a little less beef but still have a generous and hearty serving.

Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

From EatingWell

This chunky, full-bodied sauce is a good match for hearty whole-wheat pasta. We've augmented a little lean ground beef with mushrooms to get a rich, meaty sauce that has a minimum of saturated fat.

Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

From EatingWell

To stretch the ground beef, we use high-fiber bulgur and whole-wheat breadcrumbs in the meatballs, which are baked rather than fried.

Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

Meatloaf

From EatingWell

The addition of richly flavored dried mushrooms and the whole-grain goodness of bulgur increases the vitamins and minerals and decreases the saturated fat of this meatloaf. The loaf is free-form, rather than baked in a loaf pan, which means more delicious, browned crust. This recipe is large enough to feed a big group or, even better, have leftovers for a cold sandwich the next day.

Meatloaf

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

From EatingWell

Potatoes are one of the great comfort foods, especially when stuffed with a satisfying mixture of lean ground beef and broccoli florets plus reduced-fat sour cream and Cheddar cheese. Add a tossed salad and you have a healthy and hearty meal that will leave you feeling good.

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

Asian "Salisbury" Steak

From EatingWell

The original Salisbury steak was named after a popular late-19th-century diet doctor who recommended a high-protein diet. This version only resembles the classic in name and shape--the flavors are Asian rather than European and it's served atop a tender bed of sauteed watercress. Make It a Meal: Add brown rice or rice noodles and a cold Tsingtao beer.

Asian "Salisbury" Steak

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

From EatingWell

Whatever the season, burgers remain America's favorite sandwich. When it is too cold to grill outdoors, broil the patties or use an indoor grill. In addition to the standard fixings--ketchup, salsa, onions and tomatoes--make your burgers more nutritious by adding dark greens, such as watercress or spinach.

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

Stuffed Tomatoes with Golden Crumb Topping

From EatingWell

Stuffed tomatoes are classic comfort food. Serve with a mixed green salad studded with garden-fresh vegetables. For vegetarians, omit the beef or turkey.

Stuffed Tomatoes with Golden Crumb Topping

Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

From EatingWell

Reminiscent of the stuffed cabbage of yore, the mild flavor of chard makes these beef-stuffed rolls perfect for the whole family. Make It a Meal: A side of whole-wheat spaghetti to soak up the sauce plus a glass of Syrah.

Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

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