Kids' Beef Recipes

Ground beef tacos and soups, sloppy joes, and hamburger casseroles are some of the most kid-friendly recipes around. Browse trusted kid-favorite beef recipes, complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Rating: 4.5 stars 2697
This recipe goes together quickly and does not need a lot of time in the slow cooker. It's a delicious way to add flavor to ground beef and the children love it! The gravy is delightful served over mashed potatoes.

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 109
Kids love this buffet-ready casserole dish. My mother-in-law used to make a simpler version of this for my husband when he was growing up. This version pushes the flavor profile a bit. I prefer to have this dish sit overnight before baking as the flavors improve and the pasta absorbs some of the sauce so the consistency is just right.

Mexican Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 438
This is a Mexican version of the Shepherd's Pie that is so popular in the UK. I decided to try this one night when I did not have any mashed potatoes. Its cheap, quick and easy...and my kids loved it! Serve with a tossed green salad for a great family meal!

Best Beef and Broccoli

Rating: 4.5 stars 288
I've had this recipe for years. It's a great way to use leftover beef or you can buy an inexpensive cut and do it from scratch. My kids love it because of the soup. Tenderize the steak with a mallet prior to cooking, if desired.

Ruby Drive Sloppy Joes

Rating: 4.5 stars 291
I get requests to make this for every neighborhood get together. Thanks to my mother in law for this recipe made with ketchup and salsa! Super easy and delicious!

Taco in a Bag

Rating: 4.5 stars 211
I love Taco in a Bag! I had this recipe at the Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana. My family loves them too! The chip bag serves as a shell for the tacos.

Swen's Smokehouse Beef Jerky

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
While messing around one night trying to figure out a new recipe my husband created this and everyone loved it!

Dog Food Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 172
This dip recipe was given to me by a co-worker some 15 or more years ago. She made it for potlucks at work, and it was always gone from the nurse's station before the rest of the food was put out! It's a simple mixture of beef and cheese, but it should always be made a day in advance to allow the flavors to blend. Serve with your favorite corn chips.

Slow Cooker Ground Beef Barbecue

Rating: 4 stars 121
Good served on buns, and great chili for hot dogs.

Chef John's Beef Sliders

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
Sliders are a small version of a hamburger. A little trick helps you to get them all the same size so they cook evenly and look very professional. Do a couple of tests to determine your perfect degree of doneness and cook all the burgers the same amount of time.

Simple Beef Tips and Noodles

Rating: 4 stars 56
This is one of my family favorites; it's a great starter recipe for using a pressure cooker. It is wonderful any time of year, but we like it best in the cooler weather. Very quick and easy to make after a day at work. It can also be made in a slow cooker.

Alphabet Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
A quick and easy vegetable soup made with ground round and spicy vegetable juice cocktail. My kids love it!

Inspiration and Ideas

Arroz Tapado (Rice-On-Top)
Rating: Unrated 24
A fun Peruvian dish that looks cool and is always a hit with the kids! Seasoned meat is the surprise center to the rice on top. Makes great leftovers!
Steak and Potato Pie
Rating: Unrated 18
An English-style pub pie, made with red wine to make the beef very tender. You can use the recipe for two pies (make two batches of pastry) or make one pie and use the remainder for stew.
Penne and Meatballs All'Arrabbiata
Rating: 4.5 stars 4

A spicy homemade red pasta sauce paired with penne pasta and big meatballs. Really a palate-pleaser for the spice enthusiast.