20 Best Ground Beef Recipes for Beginner Cooks
These top-rated ground beef meals are great for beginners or anyone else looking for simple, classic meals using unfussy ingredients and straightforward preparations. With these ground beef recipes, there's no need for fancy techniques or special equipment and no hard-to-find ingredients required. Give them a try.
Beef Stroganoff with Ground Beef
"Ground beef makes this stroganoff sauce a quick, tasty comfort food served over noodles or mashed spuds," says Deena Kordt. Fabeverydayblog says, "Very easy and delicious recipe. The sauce is very thick. If you like a thinner stroganoff, try including a little beef broth when adding the ingredients at the end."
Chef John's American Goulash
This is one of those very simple dishes that does not taste simple--perfect for your weeknight dinner rotation," says Chef John. "One of my all-time favorite comfort food meals growing up was the beef goulash they served in my school cafeteria alongside a slice of buttered white bread and a carton of milk. Little did I know that it wasn't really goulash, but an Americanized version, invented to stretch a small amount of beef into enough food for a not-so-small family."
The essential Americanized taco or burrito filling. It's simply lean ground beef sauteed with a few seasonings and tomato sauce. The recipe submitter Natalie says, "Make a big batch and use for a multiple of different meals: add to bean burritos for a more hearty and tasty burrito, or add a can of beans (kidney, red, or pinto) and use for Frito Pie, Navajo tacos, or taco salad."
Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms
This is the ultimate no-fuss comfort food. A delicious, one-pan, homemade dinner featuring seasoned ground beef patties, sauteed mushrooms with onions and a rich, pan gravy. "The mushroom and onion gravy is wonderful over mashed potatoes or rice," says Krystal Wetter. "The gravy is still good even without mushrooms."
With this classic recipe, Chef John reveals a few tricks and techniques for perfect meatloaf. Chef John says, "The secrets to this meatloaf are fresh, very finely diced vegetables that give it moisture and flavor--and a light touch in mixing together the ingredients."
Easy Beef Enchiladas
Browned ground beef combines with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning, red enchilada sauce, and chili powder. You'll roll the beef mixture up in tortillas and spoon the remaining sauce, black beans, and olives over the tortillas. Chef Mo says, "Super simple and super good! 5 stars for sure! The flavors were very good! I didn't add the olives or black beans, but maybe when I make these again. Great for a group!"
Here's the classic Italian meat sauce starring ground beef, plum tomatoes, and aromatic vegetables. The secret ingredients here are milk and a little freshly grated nutmeg. Simmer the sauce for a nice long time, the longer the better. The flavors will concentrate and the meat will become unbelievably tender.
Another classic comfort food casserole. It's a complete meat and potatoes and veggies meal. Christine says, "This is a handy, quick dinner casserole! Ground beef and frozen vegetables are seasoned and topped with mashed potatoes."
Sheet Pan Nachos
"A very simple sheet pan recipe, these nachos are guaranteed to be a hit at your next get-together," says The Kitchen Alchemist. If you like, top them off with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro at the end. "This is a great way to eat tacos without the mess," says Margaret. "Very easy to make."
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll
Here's a simplified version of cabbage rolls. No stuffing or rolling required. "This is a quick and easy main dish," says tlc_adams. "The longer it rests the better it tastes."
Sloppy Joes II
This classic sandwich filling is super easy to make from scratch. Brown ground beef with chopped onions and green peppers, stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar, and simmer for 30 minutes. Done! "This is the best Sloppy Joe recipe anywhere!" says Itb817. "I added approximately 1/3 cup of water just to get the consistency right for my palette. Next time I will reduce 3 tsps of brown sugar to 1 rounded tsp."
Taco Bake I
This flavorful recipe couldn't be more simple. You'll layer seasoned, browned ground beef in a casserole dish with canned refried beans and salsa. Top it with shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips. "SUPER easy and very good," says Mary K. "Easy to manipulate to make it spicy or mild based on individual preferences. I used the Taco Seasoning recipe from this site, mixed the beef and beans together in the skillet, and then layered it on top of some tortilla chips in the bottom of an 8x8 dish. Topped it with the salsa and four-cheese Mexican blend, and it couldn't have been easier."
Here's a simple baked spaghetti casserole featuring seasoned ground beef, sautéed onions, jarred spaghetti sauce, and three kinds of cheese. It’s so quick-and-easy to put together. CALLIKO says, "A comforting baked spaghetti casserole with plenty of melted cheese is the perfect dish for potlucks, family gatherings, or a week-night dinner."
Here's some 5-star Mexican-American fusion food! You'll saute ground beef with Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Add the beefy mixture to flour tortillas and top with classic cheeseburger fixings: Colby cheese, ketchup, mustard, and relish. Mrs.hogaboom rates it 5 stars: "This will be a go-to recipe for sure! I'll freeze the hamburger in small containers to have on hand."
Hot Tamale Pie
You'll layer cheese, frozen corn, and a flavorful ground beef mixture, finishing with a cornbread batter topping. "While this tamale pie has very little to do with its south-of-the-border namesake, it's a really delicious recipe all the same," says Chef John.
Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni
Melted cheese, sour cream, and seasoned lean ground beef combine with elbow macaroni for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. For a Mexican-inspired take on this versatile recipe, add a tablespoon of cumin and 2 teaspoons chili powder to the beef and serve with chopped lettuce, tomato, and salsa.
Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Poblano peppers are stuffed with ground beef and Spanish rice and baked in a tomato soup-based sauce topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. "American comfort food done up Latin-American style," says IBETRAVLIN. "We used boxed Spanish rice, but there are a number of good recipes on this site (Spanish Rice II and Best Spanish Rice) that I have used with good results. Serve with garnishments of choice: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa."
Chef John's Picadillo
"A Cuban creation, picadillo is one of the world's great ground meat dishes," says Chef John. His version features crumbled ground beef browned in olive oil with onions, garlic, and seasonings. You'll deglaze with red wine vinegar and crushed tomatoes and then simmer the meat sauce with currants, stirring in sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives toward the end. "I went with ground beef, but you can add some pork and/or chorizo. Serve it with rice."
Italian Baked Meatballs
"This recipe makes the most tender and tasty meatballs," says Dawn Fronius. "I also freeze these meatballs and take out how many servings I need for each meal. If cooking in sauce, add baked meatballs 20 minutes before serving time."
A Minnesotan's Beef and Macaroni Hotdish
An old-school Minnesota staple, ground beef, macaroni, bell pepper, and onion combine with tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, basil, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce. You add beef broth to the mix, cover and simmer.