Winner, winner, ground beef dinner.

By Emily Boyette
June 11, 2021

Ball on a budget with ground beef dinners that prove how versatile this inexpensive everyday ingredient can be. Between mash-ups like beefy taco mac and cheese and jalapeño popper burgers, your ground beef dinner will never be boring! Watch the video above and scroll below for eight delicious recipes that bring the flavor without breaking the bank.

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These beef enchiladas are quick to build with gooey cheese on both the inside and out. The black olives bring a briny zing, while the black beans add texture and flavor. Pair with Spanish rice and your family will go crazy for this. 

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Nobody can resist a patty melt, and this version from MyRecipes adds an extra kick with pickled onions and jalapeños. Toast it in a hot pan until the bread crisps and the cheese melts, and you've got yourself an absolutely perfect sandwich that's hearty enough for a casual dinner. 

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Move over lettuce wraps, cabbage cups comin' through! In Thailand, this spicy ground beef mixture is called larb, and in this MyRecipes dish, the red pepper flakes can be adjusted to your liking. Serve with lime wedges and chopped peanuts for flair. 

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4 Taco Mac & Cheese

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When taco night meets mac and cheese, magic happens. MyRecipes combined melty cheese, hearty ground beef, and a creamy Tex-Mex inspired sauce in this taco-mac skillet for a maximum comfort food meal.

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EatingWell has taken a simple burger recipe and made it pop with an easy, three-ingredient jalapeño cheese topping. Ground sirloin is one of the leanest cuts of beef, making this a slightly less guilty pleasure. Serve these up with watermelon salad for a balanced, refreshing meal. 

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Southern Living brings sloppy Joes to life with a sweet boost of soda for flavor. It'll make your guests ask 'what's in this?' This mixture is anything but traditional, as it's nestled inside a hotdog bun for easier eating. Top with a store-bought slaw, or make it yourself! 

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MyRecipes combined all the best parts of Tex-Mex cuisine, cooked into a savory double crust pie. Top with jalapeños, salsa, sour cream, or make your own side of guacamole

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8 A Minnesotan's Beef and Macaroni Hotdish

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This macaroni and beef hotdish is full of seasonal spices and requires little clean-up. The best part? It's ready in under an hour, making it a weeknight wonder!