31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef
Brown up this kitchen staple to make quick ground beef recipes your family is sure to love.
Tacos are a go-to on busy weeknights because all you have to do is prepare the beef, chop the toppings and everyone can make their own. These tacos get their flavor from cumin and chili powder without the additional sodium often found in packaged seasoning mixes.
- Recipe: Easy Skillet Tacos
Kidney beans round out this beefy chili. Just brown ground beef with onion, stir in five additional ingredients, and let it simmer. Prepare it in a slow cooker during the day for super-fast evening prep.
- Recipe: Red Bean Chili
Queso fresco is Spanish for "fresh cheese." It has a soft and crumbly texture (similar to feta) with mild flavor. You can find it in the dairy section of larger supermarkets.
- Recipe: Lean Green Lettuce Tacos
Let your lasagna go Mexican by layering ground beef and sausage with corn tortillas, tomatoes, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and cheese. It's a convenient weeknight dinner that the kids will love as much as the grownups.
- Recipe: Mexican Lasagna
This potato-topped shepherd’s pie gets extra flavor from the cheese and carrots that are added to the mashed potato crust. And you can take a shortcut with the crust because the recipe calls for frozen mashed potatoes.
- Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie
Our adult taste-testers described this dish as mildly hot. If your family prefers less kick, adjust the amount of pickled jalapeños (and liquid from the jar) to suit their tastes.
- Recipe: Richard’s Sloppy Joes
Get the homemade taste without the fuss! Store-bought pasta sauce and refrigerated ravioli are mixed with plenty of fresh veggies and garlic to make this pasta speedy and delicious.
- Recipe: One-Pot Pasta
Our Test Kitchen couldn't get enough of these new sloppy joes enlivened with a splash of cola, which gives the ground beef a sweet boost that plays well off the filling's spices. Try these with traditional or split-top hot dog buns or hoagie rolls. Garnish with your favorite coleslaw for crunch and color.
- Recipe: Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Rich, beefy petite tender, the quick-cooking foundation of this stew and a supermarket steak cut from shoulder, looks and tastes like tenderloin but costs a third of the price. Can't find it? Try chuck-eye steak, which has good flavor but needs a little more trimming.
- Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
We recommend ground sirloin here because it's lean, which causes fewer flare-ups on the grill. Chopped pickled jalapeños and their juice ramp up the flavor, while bacon, goat cheese, and tangy-sweet chutney balance the heat.
Recipe: Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers
Eat these over-the-top burgers with a knife and fork, or set out a pile of napkins. Add fresh crisp texture and flavor by mounding slaw atop the burgers. Serve extra slaw on the side, or save it for another day.
Use crushed whole grain tortilla chips instead of plain breadcrumbs to flavor this juicy meatloaf and help it hold its shape as it bakes. We love chipotle salsa for its medium heat and smoky notes, but any salsa and heat level will give the meatloaf fantastic south-of-the-border flavor. Make a tasty meatloaf sandwich, or serve a slice alongside Tex-Mex Mashers.
Recipe: Southwestern Meatloaf