30 Ground Beef Dinner Ideas

Wondering what to make with a pound of our Wellborn 2R ground beef? Here are 30 simple ground beef recipes that make great dinner ideas for busy weeknights! These 1 lb ground beef recipes are both easy AND delicious! Thaw out some Wellborn 2R ground beef and make one of these quick dinners! Better yet – meal prep and cook all your ground beef ahead of time for busy weeknight dinners ready in NO TIME!

MEXICAN STYLE

1. TACOS 

It doesn’t get much simpler (or more popular) than taco night. Simply brown a pound of beef, draining excess grease if necessary, and add taco seasoning. You can choose flour or corn soft tortillas, or crunchy ones. Add cheese and your other favorite toppings.

2. TOSTADAS 

Follow the steps for tacos, but put it all on a flat tostada shell for a fun twist.

3. NACHOS 

Just as easy as tacos, but use tortilla chips instead. Refried beans make a nice addition to any of these recipes as well. Try our great Beef and Been Nacho recipe here.

4. BURRITOS 

Place your ground beef, beans, and onions inside a large ‘burrito-size’ tortilla and roll up. You can pour salsa or enchilada sauce over the top, sprinkle with cheese, and bake in your oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until melty and gooey.

5. ENCHILADAS 

Quite similar to the ‘wet burrito’ above, but use corn tortillas instead. Old El Paso enchilada sauce works great, but you can make your own if you prefer. To make life even easier, layer your tortillas lasagna-style instead of rolling them. Just spoon sauce onto the bottom of an oven-safe dish, then place a layer of corn tortillas, topped with your cooked beef, then another layer of tortillas, sauce, and so on.

6. QUESADILLAS 

If you’ve never had a ground beef quesadilla, you’re missing out! Sprinkle some cooked and seasoned ground beef, cheese, and onions inside two flour tortillas. Warm it in a skillet until the cheese is melted.

7. TACO SALAD 

Use your seasoned ground beef as part of a taco salad for a lower carb option. You could use salsa or Catalina as your dressing. Crushed tortilla chips and cheese make it extra tasty.

8. TACO RICE 

Ground beef turns Spanish rice into a main dish.  Here’s the 6-ingredient recipe.

ITALIAN RECIPES

9. SPAGHETTI 

Who doesn’t love spaghetti? You can brown your beef while the water for your pasta boils. Adding oregano, garlic and onion season it to perfection. Add your favorite homemade or jarred sauce, and done! Feel free to use spaghetti squash or zoodles as a healthier alternative if you want.

10. LASAGNA 

While lasagna sounds complicated, it really isn’t. Grocery stores now sell noodles that you don’t have to boil ahead of time. Once your beef is browned, combine it with your pasta sauce and spoon over the bottom of your oven-safe dish. Then layer the no-bake noodles, the beef/sauce mixture and cheese, then more noodles and sauce, cheese, etc.

11. ZITI 

Here’s a super simple ground beef recipe for 5 ingredient ziti.

12. MEATBALLS 

Meatballs can also be made with just a few ingredients. Here’s a recipe for super easy meatballs.

COMFORT FOOD

13. MEATLOAF 

You can make mini-meatloaves in a muffin tin. Combine 1 lb. of uncooked ground beef with a cup of water and a box of Stovetop stuffing mix for a super easy dinner. Or try our recipe for Not Your Momma’s Meat Loaf.

14. GOULASH 

American-style goulash is so easy and so good – why don’t we make it more often? Here’s a great recipe to try: American Goulash.

15. CHILI MAC 

A great use up for leftover chili is ‘chili mac.’ Boil some macaroni noodles, and once drained, combine with chili. It sounds weird, but it’s seriously so delicious.

16. SLOPPY JOES 

Your grocery store sells pre-made sloppy joe sauce (like Manwich), or you can make your own with ketchup, brown sugar, and garlic powder.

Once you’ve browned your pound of ground beef, pour in the sloppy joe sauce until warmed through. Serve on hamburger buns.

17. SHEPHERD’S PIE 

Shepherd’s Pie is definitely a classic comfort food dish. And it’s not as complicated as it sounds! Here a simple recipe from Kraft.

18. STUFFED PEPPERS

Try this stuffed pepper recipe that uses just a few ingredients.

19. HAMBURGER HELPER 

This was one of my favorites growing up. If you prefer to make your own, instead of a boxed mix, here’s a pretty easy recipe.

20. SALISBURY STEAK 

Similar to the meatloaf, except you cook it in a skillet instead of the oven. Smother it in beef gravy, and maybe some onions and mushrooms for extra goodness.

21. BEEF STROGANOFF 

The simplest way to do this is to brown your meat while egg noodles boil in another pot. Combine the cooked meat and noodles with a can or two of cream of mushroom soup.

22. HAMBURGERS 

A favorite way to make hamburgers is to mix the (raw) ground beef with an egg, and approximately 1-2 tbs. of Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup of breadcrumbs, and plenty of Weber Gourmet Burger seasoning. If you don’t have that on hand, then fresh ground salt and pepper works great too.

23. PIZZA TOPPING 

Cooked hamburger can make a tasty pizza topping. You can make a cheeseburger style pizza or add Italian seasoning to give it a different taste. Consider changing it up from the standard pepperoni if you’re making homemade pizza, or doctoring up a frozen one.

SOUP RECIPES

24. CHILI 

Isn’t chili just the best? And you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make it. So many recipe variations let you make it just how your family likes it. Serve up with some fresh, hot cornbread and you will have everyone at the table happy and full.

25. COWBOY SOUP 

Cowboy soup is super easy to make in the slow cooker! Start it in the morning and come home to dinner already ready. Simply combine a pound of cooked ground beef with one can each of ranch style beans, kidney beans, red enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, and corn, plus a packet of ranch seasoning in your Crock Pot. Our recipe is HERE.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

26. HAMBURGER SOUP 

This is one those perfect winter recipes. Here’s an easy recipe for making it in your slow cooker. 

27. STUFFED PEPPER SOUP 

It tastes like stuffed peppers, but made even easier in soup form. Try this Crock Pot recipe soon. 

GROUND BEEF CASSEROLE RECIPES:

There are lots of ground beef casserole recipes available on Pinterest and websites. Here are a few favorites.

28. TACO LASAGNA

Kinda like tacos and lasagna had a delicious baby. Check it out in this recipe! 

29. TATOR TOT CASSEROLE 

Tater tots aren’t just for school cafeterias anymore. Here are 20 tater tot casserole recipes to get you started. 

30. STUFFED PEPPER CASSEROLE 

This dump and bake recipe takes all the prep work out of making them. 

ENJOY!

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