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30 Ground Beef Recipes

Ground Beef RecipesWe’ve compiled 30 ground beef recipes for you to try, and there is something on this list for everyone! We have recipes to make in a pinch and those that require more time.

Cover Image for ground beef recipes showcasing picadillo, taco pasta, and meatballs.


In my personal life and on places like Facebook and Reddit, I keep seeing the same question- what can I make with ground beef? While it’s an ingredient most people have in their fridge or freezer, it seems that people are always looking for new ways to prepare it. Well, we’ve got you covered!

Ground Beef Recipes – 30 Minutes or Less

Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.
Healthy Beef Lettuce Wraps by Jamil Ghar
1. Healthy Beef Lettuce Wraps
Filled with ground beef and flavored with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, and homemade hoisin sauce our beef lettuce wraps are held together with butter lettuce for a light meal you'll love.
Healthy Beef Lettuce Wraps
Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.
2. Taco Pasta
Taco pasta is the best one-pan dinner! Healthy, cheesy, and delicious, this recipe is the perfect quick 30-minute dinner.
Taco Pasta
Taco pasta served in a small bowl.
3. Ground Beef Tacos
Ground beef tacos are easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd. While we prefer authenticity around here, this recipe strays from traditional tacos to reflect the American taco nights of my childhood.
Ground Beef Tacos
Four ground beef tacos topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cilantro.
4. Peruvian Beef Noodles
Peruvian Beef Noodle Soup (Sopa Criolla) with lean beef (ground or diced), angel hair pasta, and the tempting and subtle heat of aji panca is pure Peruvian comfort food and ready in half an hour!
Peruvian Beef Noodles
Two bowls of Peruvian beef bowls with lime wedges in the background.
5. Keto Cheeseburger Soup
Keto cheeseburger soup is a keto take on this all-American comfort food classic creamy, rich soup with ground beef that is family-friendly.
Keto Cheeseburger Soup
Keto cheeseburger soup in a dutch oven.
6. Ground Beef Taco Salad
This ground beef taco salad recipe will be your to-go meal when you want a quick and easy lunch. It is loaded with tomato salsa, avocado slices, lettuce, and taco-seasoned ground beef.
Ground Beef Taco Salad
Ground beef taco salad in a bowl with avocado slices and lime wedges.
7. Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff
Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff is fast and effortless without skimping on any of the comforts this delicious signature dish is known for. It’s a 30-minute pressure cooker family meal that has all of the classic flavors and creamy textures of the traditional recipe. 
Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff
Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff topped with green onions.
8. Healthy Sloppy Joes
These healthy sloppy joes are made with lean ground beef, low-sugar ketchup, BBQ sauce, and low-fat cheese. They’re a guiltless version of the classic American Sloppy Joe recipe.
Healthy Sloppy Joes
Healthy sloppy joe on wheat bread.
9. Homemade Italian Meatball Sub Dip
Homemade Italian meatball sub dip is a fun twist on a classic meatball sub; this dip is easy to make and perfect for the big game!
Homemade Italian Meatball Sub Dip
A skillet of homemade italian meatball sub dip topped with fresh herbs.
10. Vietnamese Noodle Stir Fry with Beef
Try Vietnamese noodle stir fry with beef or Nui Xao Bo! Macaroni pasta is stir-fried with onions, peas, and ground beef in an umami-rich sauce. It's an easy, comforting, and budget-friendly dish that's great any time of the day!
Vietnamese Noodle Stir Fry with Beef
Vietnamese Noodle Stir Fry with Beef with a spoon and fork scooped into the dish.

Ground Beef Recipes – 45 Minutes

A single serving of aloo keema with basmati rice and garnished with cilantro and ginger.
Aloo Keema by Jamil Ghar
11. Aloo Keema (Ground Beef and Potato Curry)
Our authentic, one-pot aloo keema is a delicious combination of seasoned ground meat and potatoes sautéed in tomato, onion, garlic, ginger and warm spices.
Aloo Keema
A serving dish of aloo keema garnished with cilantro and ginger.
12. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs are a family favorite! Tender, juicy meatballs cook in a rich tomato sauce- it is comfort food at its best.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs in a skillet and garnished with fresh basil.
13. Beef Picadillo
Cuban beef picadillo takes 30 minutes to make, and it's a great addition to casseroles, soup, or filling for pastries like empanadas; this one-pan meal is simple but delivers a ton of flavor! 
Beef Picadillo
Beef picadillo on a plate black beans.
14. Instant Pot Beef American Goulash
Instant Pot Beef American Goulash is a great one-pot family-friendly meal for busy nights. Everyone loves a good pasta dish, especially with minimal prep work and almost no cleanup! 
Instant Pot Beef American Goulash
American goulash in a bowl with bread in the background.
15. Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce
Meatballs with chimichurri sauce are flavorful and sure to impress your friends and family! It is a low-carb meatball recipe with easy chimichurri sauce that is so simple and tasty!
Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce
Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce in the back ground with one meatball on a toothpick in the foreground.
16. Bobotie
Enjoy a hearty and comforting bobotie recipe; it's made with curried minced beef, fruit, and a savory egg custard topping baked in the oven until golden.
A baking dish of bobotie topped with basil and one scoop missing.
17. Cheesy Taco Pasta
Let's talk about one-pot cheesy taco pasta. This easy meal comes together in about 30 minutes; full of taco flavor, this pasta is seriously comforting (and nourishing)!
Cheesy Taco Pasta
Cheesy one pot pasta in a Dutch oven garnished with parsley.
18. Classic Ground Beef Taquitos
Classic ground beef taquitos area hit for get-togethers! Dip this crunchy and delicious Mexican appetizer into salsa or guacamole, and it’s like a piñata breaking in your mouth. 
Classic Ground Beef Taquitos
Three ground beef taquitos on a plate with salsa in the background.
19. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
These unstuffed cabbage rolls pack all the flavor of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls but without the fuss. Just ground beef browned with onions and cooked with cabbage in a tangy tomato sauce. And I’ve even added some rice to make this a complete one-pan meal.
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
Unstuffed cabbage rolls with green peans on a dinner plate.

Ground Beef Recipes – One Hour

A saute pan full of IKEA Swedish meatballs.
IKEA Swedish Meatballs by Jamil Ghar
20. IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe (Køttbullar)
Our IKEA Swedish meatball recipe comes together with hand-mixed meatballs and a béchamel sauce flavored with beef broth, fresh parsley, dried dill, and Worcestershire.
IKEA Swedish Meatballs
21. Ultimate Stuffed Peppers
Ultimate stuffed peppers are easy, delicious, and packed with all the good stuff- rice, ground beef, black beans, corn, and more!
Ultimate Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers in a baking dish and topped with sour cream.
22. Vegetable Beef Soup
Our hearty vegetable beef soup boasts a rich tomato-based broth, ground beef, and fresh vegetables. This cozy soup is an easy meal to prepare and makes a filling one-pot dinner.
Vegetable Beef Soup
An overhead shot of a bowl of vegetable beef soup.
23. Polenta Beef Casserole
This mouthwatering polenta beef casserole from Slavonia is packed with hidden health benefits to endure those long winter months yet light enough to enjoy all summer too! This comfort meal combines ground beef, cornmeal, savoy cabbage, carrots, and more! 
Polenta Beef Casserole
A slice of polenta beef casserole.
24. Stuffed Peppers
Easy-baked stuffed peppers use green bell peppers, ground beef, tomato soup, rice, and mozzarella cheese. 
Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers in a baking dish.

25. Moroccan Meatballs
Moroccan meatballs are one of our go-to meatball recipes! Flavored with cumin, paprika, coriander, and cinnamon- meatballs simmer in a tomato gravy with onion, garlic, ginger, and dates.
Moroccan Meatballs
Moroccan meatballs are ready to serve with couscous or bulgar.
26. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Sweet potato shepherd's pie is comforting, cozy, and packed with vegetables; this wholesome dinner favorite is great for meal prep!
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
A slice of sweet potato cottage pie with the dish in the background.
27. Jamaican Beef Patties
Flaky Jamaican beef patties are so delicious! These patties have flaky, turmeric-colored crust and flavorful ground beef and vegetable filling.
Jamaican Beef Patties
Jamaican beef patties sliced open.

Ground Beef Recipes – One Hour and 30 Minutes

Fresh kabob koobideh off of the grill is ready to be served.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
28. Koobideh Kabob
Flavored with onion, salt, pepper, and that's about it, Koobideh Kabob cooked over open flame is truly a labor of love.
Koobideh Kabob
Fresh kabob koobideh off of the grill is ready to be served.
29. Zucchini Lasagna
Zucchini lasagna is a low-carb take on an Italian classic; this meal is loaded with veggies and has the same flavor as traditional lasagna.
Zucchini Lasagna
A heaping serving of zucchini lasagna served with an arugula salad.
30. Ground Beef Tamales
These ground beef tamales are generously filled with a delicious meat and vegetables mixture flavored in a chili sauce. Super fluffy and moist, those warm tamales are perfect to serve at any gathering.
Ground Beef Tamales
A plate full of ground beef taquitos.


What makes ground beef taste better?

Spices: Salt, garlic powder, taco seasoning, paprika, cumin, garam masala, curry powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and Goya.
Herbs: Cilantro, thyme, oregano, and parsley.
Sauce: Oil, ghee, soy sauce, oyster sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, and peanut butter.
Aromatics: Garlic, onions, scallions, and shallots.

How long does ground beef last in the fridge?

Store leftover ground beef in an airtight container; depending on the ingredients the ground beef cooks with, it will keep for 1-2 days.


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Sunday 23rd of October 2022

They all look so yummy. I really want to try your beef picadillo recipe. I'm a sucker for olives!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Thank you, and beef picadillo is one of our favorites and honestly it's mostly because of the olives! They are so salty and perfect.