Popular 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.

Barbecue-Sauced Meatloaf

Meat loaf is a winter standard, but it's time to update your mother's classic recipe. Try spreading barbecue sauce on top for a little extra zing.

From Midwest Living

Barbecue-Sauced Meatloaf

Pumpkin Chili

Unlike most pumpkin recipes, this stew calls for diced squash rather than canned. Feel free to use any protein source, such as extra beans, lentils, or ground chicken, in place of the beef and turkey.

From Midwest Living

Pumpkin Chili

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

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Low in carbs, salt, and fat, this chili dish will fuel you up without weighing you down. Top it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for a creamy finish.

From Diabetic Living

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Taco Chili

This slow cooker chili tastes like a taco so kids will love it. Top it with cheese or sprinkle with corn chips for a fun lunch or dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Taco Chili

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Talk about quick! Just cook the pasta, then prepare this family friendly lasagna in a skillet.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Meatloaf

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.

From EatingWell

Meatloaf

Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

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

From EatingWell

Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

Picadillo

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.

From EatingWell

Picadillo

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

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.

From EatingWell

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

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.

From EatingWell

Whole-Wheat Fusilli with Beef Ragu

Latin American Empanadas

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

From EatingWell

Latin American Empanadas

Middle Eastern Burgers

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.

From EatingWell

Middle Eastern Burgers

EatingWell Sloppy Joes

Our updated Sloppy Joe takes lean ground beef and adds chopped cremini mushrooms and diced fresh plum tomatoes, all in a zesty sauce. Served on a whole-wheat bun, it's a hearty dinner sandwich that will please adults and kids alike.

From EatingWell

EatingWell Sloppy Joes

Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

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.

From EatingWell

Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara

Stuffed Tomatoes with Golden Crumb Topping

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

From EatingWell

Stuffed Tomatoes with Golden Crumb Topping

Asian "Salisbury" Steak

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.

From EatingWell

Asian "Salisbury" Steak

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

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.

From EatingWell

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

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.

From EatingWell

Rigatoni with Beef & Eggplant Ragu

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

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.

From EatingWell

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

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.

From EatingWell

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

EatingWell Crispy Taco Shells

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

From EatingWell

EatingWell Crispy Taco Shells

Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

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.

From EatingWell

Lean & Spicy Taco Meat

Lion's Head Meatballs

This is a famous dish along the Yangtze, with regional variations. In Shanghai, the sauce will be sweet and sour. In Chongqing, it will be hot and spicy. And in Wuhan...well, it will depend on the season and the mood of the chef.

From EatingWell

Lion's Head Meatballs

Hamburger Buddy

Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast--it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.

From EatingWell

Hamburger Buddy

Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

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.

From EatingWell

Asian Salisbury Steaks with Sauteed Watercress

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