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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)

1. Beef Lettuce Wraps

Beef lettuce wraps garnished with scallions, peanuts, and Sriracha.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

Filled with ground beef, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, and homemade hoisin sauce, beef lettuce wraps are held together with butter lettuce for a light meal you’ll love.

2. Taco Pasta

Taco pasta served in a small bowl.
Image and Recipe by Clean Eating Couple

Taco pasta is healthy, cheesy, and delicious; this recipe is the perfect quick 30-minute dinner.

3. Homemade Tacos with Ground Beef

Four ground beef tacos topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cilantro.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

Homemade Tacos with Ground Beef are easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd.

4. Peruvian Beef Noodles

Two bowls of Peruvian beef bowls with lime wedges in the background.
Image and Recipe by Beyond Mere Sustenance

Peruvian Beef Noodle Soup or Sopa Criolla is made with lean beef, angel hair pasta, and the tempting and subtle heat of aji panca.

5. Keto Cheeseburger Soup

Keto cheeseburger soup in a dutch oven.
Image and Recipe by Sugar Free Londoner

Keto Cheeseburger Soup is a keto take on this all-American comfort food classic creamy, rich soup with ground beef that is family-friendly.

6. Ground Beef Taco Salad

Ground beef taco salad in a bowl with avocado slices and lime wedges.
Image and Recipe by Primavera Kitchen

Ground Beef Taco Salad will be your to-go when you want a quick and easy lunch. It’s loaded with tomato salsa, avocado slices, lettuce, and taco-seasoned ground beef.

7. Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot ground beef stroganoff topped with green onions.
Image and Recipe by I Food Real

Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff is fast and effortless without skimping on any of the comforts this delicious signature dish is known for.

8. Healthy Sloppy Joes

Healthy sloppy joe on wheat bread.
Image and Recipe by Running to the Kitchen

These Healthy Sloppy Joes are made with lean ground beef, low-sugar ketchup, BBQ sauce, and low-fat cheese. They’re a healthier version of the classic American Sloppy Joe.

9. Homemade Italian Meatball Sub Dip

A skillet of homemade italian meatball sub dip topped with fresh herbs.
Image and Recipe by Lynn’s Way of Life

Homemade Italian Meatball Sub Dip is a fun twist on a classic meatball sub; it’s easy to make and perfect for a big game or get together!

10. Vietnamese Noodle Stir Fry with Beef

Vietnamese Noodle Stir Fry with Beef with a spoon and fork scooped into the dish.
Image and Recipe by Balance with Jess

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.

Ground Beef Recipes (45 Minutes)

11. Aloo Keema (Ground Beef and Potato Curry)

A single serving of aloo keema with basmati rice and garnished with cilantro and ginger.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

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.

12. Beef Picadillo

Beef picadillo on a plate black beans and a flour tortilla.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

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! 

13. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs in a skillet and garnished with fresh basil.
Image and Recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary

Spaghetti and Meatballs are a family favorite! Tender, juicy meatballs cook in a rich tomato sauce- it is comfort food at its best.

14. Instant Pot Beef American Goulash

American goulash in a bowl with bread in the background.
Image and Recipe by An Edible Mosaic

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! 

15. Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce

Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce in the back ground with one meatball on a toothpick in the foreground.
Image and Recipe by The Oregon Dietitian

Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce are flavorful and sure to impress your friends and family!

16. Bobotie

A baking dish of bobotie topped with basil and one scoop missing.
Image and Recipe by Effortless Foodie

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.

17. Cheesy Taco Pasta

Cheesy one pot pasta in a Dutch oven garnished with parsley.
Image and Recipe by The Healthy Epicurean

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!

18. Classic Ground Beef Taquitos

Three ground beef taquitos on a plate with salsa in the background.
Image and Recipe by In Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

Classic Ground Beef Taquitos are a hit for get-togethers! Dip this crunchy and delicious appetizer into salsa or guacamole.

19. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed cabbage rolls with green peans on a dinner plate.
Image and Recipe by The Foodle Club

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.

Ground Beef Recipes (One Hour)

20. IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe

A saute pan full of IKEA Swedish meatballs.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

IKEA Swedish Meatballs come together with hand-mixed meatballs and a béchamel sauce flavored with beef broth, fresh parsley, dried dill, and Worcestershire.

21. Ultimate Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers in a baking dish and topped with sour cream.
Image and Recipe by The Wooden Skillet

Ultimate Stuffed Peppers are easy, delicious, and packed with all the good stuff- rice, ground beef, black beans, and corn!

22. Vegetable Beef Soup

An overhead shot of a bowl of vegetable beef soup with a bread loaf in the background.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

Our hearty Vegetable Beef Soup boasts a rich tomato-based broth, ground beef, and fresh vegetables; it’s an easy meal to prepare and makes a filling one-pot dinner.

23. Polenta Beef Casserole

A slice of polenta beef casserole.
Image and Recipe by All that Jas

This mouthwatering Polenta Beef Casserole from Slavonia is packed with hidden health benefits to endure long winter months yet light enough to enjoy all summer too!

24. Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers in a baking dish.
Image and Recipe by Brooklyn Farm Girl

Easy-baked Stuffed Peppers use green bell peppers, ground beef, tomato soup, rice, and mozzarella cheese. 

25. Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan meatballs are ready to serve in a serving bowl.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

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.

26. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

A slice of sweet potato cottage pie with the dish in the background.
Image and Recipe by The Nessy Kitchen

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is comforting, cozy, and packed with vegetables; this wholesome dinner favorite is great for meal prep!

27. Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican beef patties sliced open.
Image and Recipe by Yummy Addiction

Flaky Jamaican Beef Patties are so delicious with thei flaky, turmeric-colored crust and flavorful ground beef and vegetable filling.

Ground Beef Recipes (One Hour and 30 Minutes)

28. Koobideh Kabob

Fresh kabob koobideh off of the grill is ready to be served.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

Flavored with onion, salt, pepper, and that’s about it, Koobideh Kabob cooked over open flame is truly a labor of love.

29. Zucchini Lasagna

A heaping serving of zucchini lasagna served with an arugula salad.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar

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.

30. Ground Beef Tamales

A plate full of ground beef taquitos.
Image and Recipe by Maricruz Avalos

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.


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.