Whether you want to save time during a busy work week, or spend less money if: food prices are risingOne ingredient that is inexpensive, versatile and easy to cook is ground beef. In fact, according to US news and world reportyou can often find a package of ground beef for less than $5. Tot lower your shopping bill even moreyou can also buy a chuck roast and then grind the meat yourself, or ask your butcher to do the dirty work for you.
However you buy your ground beef, you can whip up classics like tacos or chili, or stretch the protein even further by combining it with other ingredients. bread-crumbs, vegetables and herbs – to make meatballs or burger patties. So go ahead and add ground beef to you grocery listand then use it to make one of the following easy ground beef recipes!
When you think of ground beef, meatballs are probably one of the first foods that come to mind. This recipe calls for a combination of ground beef and ground turkey or pork, which produces a slightly lean but just as tasty meatball. The meatballs are also made with ricotta, which gives the finished product an incredibly tender texture. You can freeze these guys for up to a month, which means you’ll always have delicious meatballs right at your fingertips.
Beef and Cabbage Frying Pan Supper
Think of this simple meal as deconstructed beef cabbage rolls with a little Moroccan flair. You start by sautéing ground beef seasoned with cinnamon and cilantro, then add some chopped green cabbage and onion. A finishing touch of raisins and tomato paste adds sweetness and brightens up the sauce. Serve over rice and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Spicy Ground Beef
This hearty ground beef mixture is seasoned with chili powder, cumin, paprika and garlic. Of course it makes for an easy, tasty taco fillingbut you can also add it to a quesadilla, use some to top a homemade pizzaor sprinkle a little over a bowl of pasta or rice.
Bulgogi-Inspired Beef Tacos
Speaking of tacos, these quick ones come together in 15 minutes. Inside you will find ground beef seasoned with brown sugar, soy saucerice vinegar and srirachaas well as mini cucumber slices, toasted sesame seeds and a dollop of store bought Kimchi. This recipe is so simple and flavorful, we guarantee it will become a new weeknight favorite.
Fried Spaghetti and Meatballs
If you’ve ever wondered what you get when you combine spaghetti and meatballs with a casserole, this is it. Our favorite part of this one-dish recipe is that everything—meatballs, pasta, and tomato sauce—goes into the oven uncooked. About an hour later, you’ll have a ready-made family favorite that even picky eaters will love.
Slow-Cooker Black Bean and Zucchini Chili
Feeding eight, this chili calls for over a pound of ground beef. The meat is prepared in a slow cooker along with other chili staples such as black beans, roasted tomatoes, onions, tomato paste, and chili powder. Zucchini slices add a lot of nutrients to the meal and make it even more solid. Top each bowl with sour cream, diced avocado and ground beef fresh corianderand you are ready to go!
Sloppy Joe Biscuits With Roasted Broccolini
What’s better than a sloppy Joe? A sloppy joe served on chilled biscuits. In addition to saving time, the cookies act as the perfect vehicle to suck up all the sloppy goodness. When buying ground beef, look for a mixture of 80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat — a great ratio for juicy, tender beef. If you feel ambitious, try make your own cookies instead of using store-bought ones.
Spaghetti With Bacon Meatballs
Bacon meatballs? Yes please! In addition to ground beef, these meatballs are made with coarsely chopped bacon, which adds a salty, smoky flavor to the mixture. Other ingredients for meatballs include grated Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and flat-leaf parsley. Serve them over spaghetti, polentaor zucchini noodles and you have an easy, cozy meal in under 30 minutes.
The frustrating thing about a Bolognese sauce is that it usually has to simmer for hours on the stove. However, this quick and easy version only requires 30 minutes of hands-on work, followed by 90 minutes of simmering. Go ahead and make a big batch and keep any leftovers in the freezer for up to three months. Then use the leftovers to coat the pasta, poach the eggs one interesting take on Shakshukaor put a steaming hot baked potato on top.
Grass-fed Albondigas (meatballs) with tomato sauce
For a different take on meatballs, try this recipe from Argentine chef Fernando Navas. These meatballs call for grass-fed ground beef, stale bread, ricotta cheese, and more. Plus, the meatballs get a chance to simmer in their own homemade tomato sauce, making a complete light meal or appetizer in just over an hour.