29+ Easy Ground Beef Recipes With Just A Few Ingredients

Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Beef is a staple in many cultures and has been for centuries. From tacos to hamburgers, ground beef can be the base of many dishes!

This post will explore some meals to cook with ground beef, perfect for everyday meals or special occasions.

We'll leave you with our favorite - taco cornbread casserole!

Meals To Cook With Ground Beef

1. Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta is every mom's favorite. It offers an instant change from tedious meals, easy pasta dishes, and bursts with flavors of tacos. The kids love the taste, and so does Mom.

Making it even more appealing is how quick and easy it comes together. To lighten things up, use ground turkey.

2. Beef Potstickers (Dumplings)

Beef Potstickers

Homemade Chinese Beef Potstickers (dumplings) are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy inside, packed with a delicious beef filling.

This recipe is easy-to-follow and yields authentic homemade potstickers you can confidently serve at home.

3. Thai Basil Beef (Pad Gra Prow)


This Pad Gra Prow is a speedy and easy dish that only takes 20-30 minutes to cook.

It's served over rice and goes well with non-spicy dishes like mashed potatoes, and roast veggies.

4. Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna is a meal layered with ground beef and sausage, tomatoes, corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, and cheese.

It sounds as good as it tastes! It's also a quick-fix supper that the kids love as much as the adults do.

5. Beefy-Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese

This meal has ravioli, cheese, spinach, and ground beef. The meal is so easy to make and requires only one skillet.

The meal only takes 30 minutes total, and this is a great quick and easy dish to cook on any night of the week. Get this Beefy-Baked Ravioli With Spinach And Cheese recipe here.

6. Rachael Ray's Super Nachos

Rachael Ray's Super Nachos

The ground sirloin is combined with beans and a Southwestern spice mix for a full-bodied flavor in this dish.

The first layer contains a mixture of mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. The second layer consists of refried beans, ground beef, cheddar cheese, and salsa.

Lastly, the third layer is topped off with sour cream and chopped fresh onion. Get this Rachael Ray's Super Nachos recipe here.

7. Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta is a hearty dish that your kids will enjoy. The bacon gives it a salty, meaty taste that goes well with the cheese and pasta.

It's easy to make, and you can also make it ahead of time and reheat it later!

8. Slow Cooker Tex Mex Soup

a delicious soup

Tex-Mex Soup is a unique and delicious way to bring zesty Mexican flavors into your menu!

This thick, hearty soup is similar in shape & taste compared with chili. It's comforting inside out - perfect for those cold winter days when you need something that will make it all better 🙂

9. Cheeseburger Cups

Cheeseburger Cups

Cheeseburger Cups are rolling dough that looks like fried buns with ground beef and cheese inside.

It's a fun and easy dish that can be eaten alone or paired with side dishes such as chips, French fries, or dip.

10. Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

This Stuffed Pepper Soup is an easy twist loaded with ground beef, bell peppers, tomatoes, and topped with cheese. This hearty meal is sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

11. Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni is a meal that any kid would love to eat, and adults too. The ingredients are pretty simple but taste incredible.

All you need is a package of macaroni and a package of ground beef, which you brown together in a pan with some finely diced onion.

The dried macaroni goes into the pan to cook for about 10 minutes. Then the cheese sauce packet goes in and milk and parsley flakes.

12. Easy Meat Lasagna

Easy Meat Lasagna

Meat Lasagna is such a classic and perfect meal for all occasions.

The meaty tomato sauce, layers of lasagna noodles, and melted cheese layered throughout this dish make it the ultimate comfort food. It's even better served with a side salad or fresh bread.

13. Beef Stroganoff Burgers

Beef Stroganoff Burgers

This meal consists of a hamburger patty made from beef and a layer of portobello mushroom on top.

There's also a creamy mushroom stroganoff sauce to accompany this dish. Get this Beef Stroganoff Burgers recipe here.

14. Classic Cheeseburger with Secret Sauce

Classic Cheeseburger with Secret Sauce

The sauce in this recipe is the perfect texture and has just enough sweetness. The meat is nicely seasoned and juicy without becoming greasy.

There's also a generous amount of cheese and onions, with a tangy yet sweet sauce that makes it all come together for a delicious burger. Get this Classic Cheeseburger recipe here.

15. Wagon Train Pasta

Wagon Train Pasta

Wagon Train Pasta Meal is relatively easy to make, and it tastes great.

Playing with the wagon wheel shapes created in the pasta could be a fun activity for kids. The sauce is mild yet flavorful, so it's something that everyone will enjoy.

16. Porcupine Meatballs

Porcupine Meatballs

A very simple recipe, Porcupine Meatballs are made with ground beef, rice, and breadcrumbs. They are filled with healthy vegetables, so they have a hearty texture. The final product is a delicious, healthy meal that anyone can enjoy!

Recipes With Ground Beef And Potatoes

17. Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are a classic and delicious meal. There is nothing like the creamy and rich sauce that covers these meatballs, and you can't forget about those fluffy mashed potatoes that soak up the savory sauce too.

18. Mashed Potato Stuffed Meatloaf

Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatloaf

With potatoes whipped up in the microwave/oven, this recipe can be put together in minutes and will satisfy everyone's desire for something filling. Get this Mashed Potato Stuffed Meatloaf recipe here.

19. Mini Meatloaves Recipe


This meal is a sheet-pan take on the classic dinner dish of meatloaf. It is made by roasting red potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and leeks in the oven alongside four mini meatloaves.

The best part about this Mini Meatloaves Recipe is that it all bakes together on one pan, and there is no need for clean-up after.

20. Tater Tot-chos


Tater Tot-chos is a meal composed of potatoes, taco toppings, and any other desired toppings.

Tater Tots and taco toppings are perfect for a quick and easy dinner. For a little extra fun, kids will love building their own Tot-chos.

Ground Beef Recipes Without Pasta

21. Bacon Cheeseburger Crescent Ring


The best part about this recipe is how it not only gives you a juicy bacon cheeseburger but also gives you a golden, flaky crescent roll.

This Bacon Cheeseburger Crescent Ring has all of your favorite burger toppings, including cheese, bacon, and pickles.

To make this dish even better, it has a special sauce and lettuce for those who want to enjoy their bacon cheeseburger without the bun.

22. Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers are a hearty and healthy dish perfect for a cold winter evening.

You can also use the ground beef, spinach, and bulgur mixture to stuff zucchini and tomatoes and bake together in one dish.

23. Caramelized Beef With Rice

Caramelized Beef With Rice

Caramelized Beef With Rice is a flavorful, weeknight-friendly dinner that cooks in under 10 minutes!

A few ingredients like brown rice and garlic add tons of flavor and make the dish even healthier.

Caramelizing the onions and roasting the peppers make them sweeter and more intense.

24. Best Bolognese Sauce

Best Bolognese Sauce

This dish is a rich and special stew that gets a flavor boost from a hint of nutmeg, a good dose of red wine, and a few cloves of garlic. Get this Bolognese Sauce recipe here.

25. Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

This casserole is a great stand-in for the time-intensive labor of making stuffed cabbage.

It is a hearty, delicious, no-fuss meal that features all the flavors of a stuffed cabbage but in a less time-consuming format.

The veggies and beef are flavorful and go so well with the sour cream sauce. Get this Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole recipe here.

26. Slow Cooker Meatballs

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Slow Cooker Meatballs meal is simple to cook, and you can pair it with a side dish, put in a sub, or snack on as an easy hors d'oeuvre.

Ground beef and sausage are mixed with spinach and breadcrumbs for a delicious meatball.

27. Ground Beef Meat Pie

Ground Beef Meat Pie

Ground Beef Meat Pie recipe has a filling of ground beef cooked with vegetables and seasonings.

The pie is filled with the yummy mixture, and then it's topped off with a flaky puff pastry double-crust pie. This dish is the ultimate comfort food!

28. Beef Taco Salad

Beef Taco Salad

Beef Taco Salad is a dish that became popular in the United States. The plate is ground beef, lettuce, and other veggies and cooked in a skillet or sauté pan with taco sauce for 10 minutes.

The dish is then topped off with cheese and sour cream. When you are not feeling up to making everything from scratch, this recipe is the perfect meal for you!

29. Cornbread Taco Casserole

Taco Cornbread Casserole

The Cornbread Taco Casserole is a dish that has cornbread, taco chips, taco meat, and cheddar cheese. It's topped with sour cream and served with salsa sauce for dipping.

This dish can be made ahead of time and frozen for later heating up in the oven. It's best served warm so that the cornbread soaks up all of the fantastic flavors from the taco meat.

30. Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits Recipe

Beef Stew with Cheddar Biscuits Recipe


This dish is a perfect example of comfort food.  Beef stew is a hearty meal, but low-fat beef or broth can be made lighter.

Picky toddlers may do better with a pat of butter, cheese, and a biscuit on top to give it a little flavor. Get this Beef Stew With Cheddar Biscuits Recipe here.

31. Good Eats Meatloaf

Good Eats Meatloaf

The meatloaf is a dish that's made from ground beef and usually seasoned with some spice.

You can serve it with macaroni and cheese on the side and has a similar texture to meatballs.


The dishes above are perfect for any occasion, whether you're cooking something up on a weeknight or hosting guests.

Whether it's tacos and cornbread casserole, stuffed peppers, meat pie, beef stew - the list goes on!

We hope that these recipes have inspired you to get in the kitchen this evening and whip up your favorite dish. Get more ideas for dinner with our What To Cook For Dinner post! The only thing better than eating well is eating good food too!

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