Five-Ingredient Ground Beef Dishes So Easy They Practically Make Themselves
As much as we love intricately layered gratins and time-intensive roasts, sometimes a quick, five-ingredient dinner sounds just about right. We’re not Julia Child, after all. Pairing a quick-fix recipe with budget-friendly ground beef might not come off glamorous, but it’s simple and easy enough to make us not care a single bit. Because when you have a pound of ground chuck in the fridge and a pantry full of staples, the possibilities are wonderfully endless.
Odds are, you'll also have at least a couple of the five game-changing ingredients used in each of these easy ground beef dishes before even heading to the grocery. We’re talking no-brainer staples like spaghetti noodles, panko breadcrumbs, canned black beans, and hot pepper relish. In case you’re not already sold, check out these deliciously easy dinners with ground beef and just a handful of ingredients.
How To Make Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
Have a hankering for some home-cooked contentment? This classic meatloaf recipe is one of our favorite down-home recipes. Just like mom used to make, we could never grow tired of eating meatloaf served with creamy mashed potatoes and green peas. Flavorful, moist, juicy, and incredibly easy to make, you can’t go wrong with this Southern dish. So much so, we’ve decided Meatless Monday should now be called Meatloaf Monday. Fresh out of the oven, it will be the cure for your comfort-food cravings. This is one of our readers' favorite recipes (just read their rave reviews!). While the meaty classic tastes great as a standalone dish, you can prepare it as a sandwich or mix it into a hearty casserole to get the most mileage out of ground beef. Get in the kitchen, pop on an apron, and prepare this easy-to-make meatloaf, which features Creole and Greek seasonings, garlic, and savory Worcestershire sauce. In this recipe, all the typical ingredients are included: ground beef is blended with a mixture of Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, eggs, chopped onions and celery, and spices. Those timeless favorites are shaped into a loaf pan and baked in the oven for 45 minutes.
But the tasty surprise of this delicious baked loaf, however, is the glaze—which is made Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup. When completely mixed, pour this sweet-and-sour glaze evenly over meatloaf, and bake for an additional 10 to 15 more minutes or until the meatloaf is no longer pink in the center. Before slicing into this familial favorite, let stand 10 minutes before serving over a bed of fluffy potatoes. And while you’re at it, settle in and enjoy one of our most delicious quick-fix suppers. This recipe elevates the go-to diner choice and is perfect to make any day of the week due to its quick time and simple ingredient list.
Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
This hamburger steak is a quick-fix Southern supper recipe we always keep on deck. Make some extra patties, which can be frozen for up to three months, so you'll have a backup plan on busy weeknights.
Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Taco Dinner Mac and Cheese
When the family is debating Mexican or macaroni and cheese, consider this dish the perfect compromise. Ground beef and taco seasoning give some major flavor to an already very simple, delicious macaroni and cheese recipe.
Serrano Pepper Burgers
Recipe: Serrano Pepper Burgers
Skip the boring sliced tomatoes and iceberg lettuce this time. Grill-roasted peppers add spicy heat, as well as a touch of sweetness and smoke, to these juicy burgers.
Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Recipe: Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Serve it up in indiviudal ramekins, or spread it out in your trusty 13x9 baking dish. Either way, just make sure to whip up this tasty ground beef recipe that's ready in under an hour.
Recipe: Extra-Easy Lasagna
Lasagna is a forever family favorite, and this simple recipe might be our most-used. When we say extra easy, we mean it.
Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes
Recipe: Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes
We know you have some Texas toast in the freezer, and luckily it makes the perfect vessel for these cheesy barbecue Sloppy Joes. This comforting dinner will definitely be a forever favorite among the kids.
Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Recipe: Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
This juicy, cheese-topped meal looks fancy and indulgent, but takes minimal effort and few ingredients outside the blend of amazing seasonings. (That's the trick to next-level burgers.) Quick tomato gravy will make you leave that ketchup in the kitchen.
Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
This slow-cooker version of our crowd-favorite spaghetti casserole makes it even more simple to throw together for supper. The hearty sauce with ground beef will ensure no one leaves the table hungry.
Super Quick Chili
Recipe: Super Quick Chili
We've never seen anything quite as cute as these quick chili bites. Served in hollowed-out dinner rolls, this chili makes plenty of appearances at our tailgates, barbecues, and family suppers.
Bev's Famous Meatloaf
Recipe: Bev's Famous Meatloaf
Skip the breadcrumbs and put one of those sleeves of saltine crackers (that we know you have in the pantry) to work in this home-style meatloaf recipe. Just a few key ingredients, like onions, green bell pepper, and a sweet tomato topping go to work to make one simply satisfying main dish.
Tater Tot Hotdish
Recipe: Tater Tot Hotdish
You’re going to love this skillet casserole even more after realizing you already have all five ingredients in your kitchen. A crispy topping of tater tots will make this a kid-friendly favorite.
Sloppy Joe Carolina-Style Burgers
These over-the-top burgers might need a knife and fork—because we don’t call them sloppy for nothing. A pile of cole slaw and a scoop of Sloppy Joe-style chili give amazing flavor and texture.
Recipe: Southwestern Meatloaf
Get that Tex-Mex flair from using crushed whole grain tortilla chips instead of plain breadcrumbs to flavor this juicy meatloaf. Make with chipotle salsa for its spicy kick and smoky notes, then serve as a tasty meatloaf sandwich or alongside Tex-Mex sides.
5-Ingredient Baked Spaghetti
Recipe: 5-Ingredient Baked Spaghetti
When we’re in a super pinch, a five-ingredient casserole comes in with the save. This baked spaghetti will make you rethink every complicated version you’ve ever made.
Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Recipe: Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
Go ahead, and plan on a delicious mess with these Sloppy Joe-topped hotdogs. They're livened up with a splash of cola, which gives the ground beef a sweet boost. Top with sliced pepperoncini peppers and coleslaw if you want some heat and crunch.
Recipe: 30-Minute Chili
This deliciously easy chili comes with a short ingredient list, can be made in one pot, and is ready in 30 minutes. Simmering the ground beef might be the hardest part, which says it all. Once you've finished that, you just pour everything else in, and stir.
Burgers with Green Tomato Mayonnaise
What takes these burgers to the next level? A tangy, chunky mayonnaise containing green tomatoes, Dijon mustard, and chives. This fresh condiment makes all other add-ons totally unnecessary.
Recipe: Easy Beefaroni
We’re always game for an updated version of a childhood favorite, and this beefaroni is no exception. It works with just five ingredients, calls for only 20 minutes of cook time, and makes a crowd-friendly batch.
Richard's Sloppy Joes
Recipe: Richard's Sloppy Joes
You just can't beat a homemade meal that's both incredibly simple and crowd-pleasing. The short ingredient list works hard to give a hearty dinner that adults and kids alike love.
Pepper Relish Mini Meatloaves
Recipe: Pepper Relish Mini Meatloaves
Get dinner on the table even faster with these mini meatloaves. With less ingredients and less cooking time, this recipe makes for a better weeknight supper.