What to Cook with Ground Beef

Are you looking for fresh and exciting ideas on what to cook with ground beef? We’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll share a wide variety of easy ground beef recipes that you can make in the oven, air fryer, Crockpot, or Instant Pot. Whether you’re craving comfort food or want to try something new, we have all the ground beef dinner ideas you need.

Ground Beef Recipes Galore

Cooking with ground beef offers endless possibilities. From classic dishes to inventive creations, there’s something for everyone. Here, we’ll focus on four different categories of delicious recipes:

  1. Oven Baked / On the Stovetop
  2. Easy Instant Pot Recipes (including Ninja Foodi recipes)
  3. Crockpot Classics
  4. Air Fryer Delights

No matter which method you prefer, you can create mouthwatering meals with this versatile and affordable meat. And if you’re looking to save time, consider using pre-made meatballs. Craving a crispier texture? Try baking them in the oven. For quick and tender results, opt for Instant Pot meatballs without sauce.

Thawing Ground Beef

Forgot to thaw your ground beef? No problem! You can easily thaw it in the microwave or try these defrosting tips:

  1. Place the meat in an airtight bag.
  2. Submerge the bag in a large bowl filled with room temperature or cool water.
  3. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, or until completely thawed.
  4. In some cases, you can even cook ground beef straight from frozen, like in our Crockpot appetizer meatballs recipe.

Certain dishes, like Crockpot stuffed bell peppers, don’t require pre-cooking the meat, making meal preparation a breeze.

Cooking Ground Beef

When it comes to cooking ground beef, there are various methods at your disposal. You can use the sauté function on your pressure cooker or opt for a skillet to make Texas Toast sloppy joes. Slow cooker enthusiasts can even prepare mouthwatering dishes like Dutch oven chili.

For added texture and flavor, consider adding diced onions and minced garlic. If you’re using sauce, browning the meat over medium heat allows it to soak up the flavors. This method works especially well for dishes like sloppy joe sliders.

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The Nutritional Benefits of Ground Beef

Not only is ground beef an inexpensive source of protein, but it’s also highly nutritious. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it provides a significant amount of protein in each serving. Ground beef comes in various fat contents, with 80/20 being a popular choice. However, leaner options like ground sirloin or round are also available.

If you’re watching your carb intake, try our meatloaf without breadcrumbs recipe. It’s a great alternative that doesn’t sacrifice flavor.

Ground Beef Dinner Ideas

Mixed with tomatoes and onions, ground beef can be used to create low-fat meals. Looking for comfort food? Combine it with pasta, rice, or potatoes, as demonstrated in our Instant Pot ground beef and potatoes casserole recipe. Keep in mind that a higher fat content adds more flavor to your dishes.

If you prefer organic options, consider purchasing grass-fed beef. This indicates that the animals were raised on pasture and weren’t given hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides. While it may cost more, many people find the taste and quality to be worth it.

Ground Beef Turned Brown

You may have noticed that ground beef turns brown as it cooks. This change in color is normal and doesn’t necessarily indicate spoilage. However, if you notice any odor, stickiness, or slimy appearance, it’s best to discard the meat.

Remember, you can easily substitute ground turkey, sausage, or chicken in any of these recipes. For an extra burst of flavor, try a combination of spicy ground sausage and ground beef.

Now, let’s dive into some of our favorite easy recipes!

Ground Beef Oven Recipes

If you love quick and easy casseroles, you’re in for a treat! We have several oven-baked recipes that are as simple as throwing all the ingredients together. For example, our hearty scalloped potatoes dish is always a crowd-pleaser.

Craving something lighter? Try our ground beef asparagus pasta, which utilizes the stovetop. And don’t forget about the classic tater tot casserole, which tastes even better when topped with pico de gallo.

For a quick and simple option, make a batch of meatballs on a sheet pan and toss them with your favorite sauce. If you want to avoid using the oven during the summer months, learn how to cook meatballs on the stovetop in sauce instead.

And who can resist Shepherd’s pie? Our easy recipe is a beloved classic and tastes fantastic with the addition of spicy sausage. If you’re in the mood for messy deliciousness, we have plenty of homemade sloppy joe recipes for you to try.

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Instant Pot Ground Beef Recipes

The Instant Pot is a game-changer when it comes to quick and easy cooking. We have a plethora of recipes for you to choose from, including spaghetti with ground beef and Instant Pot porcupine meatballs.

If you’re a fan of spaghetti, you’ll love our Instant Pot spaghetti sauce. Make a large batch, freeze it in gallon-sized bags, and enjoy ground beef and pasta whenever you please.

Looking for a crowd-pleaser that won’t break the bank? Instant Pot taco bowls are perfect for taco nights. And if you’re in the mood for something cheesy, don’t miss our recipe for Ninja Foodi spaghetti — a rich and delicious meat sauce topped with melted cheddar cheese.

Our 5-ingredient chili is another fan favorite. Serve it inside baked potatoes or pair it with pressure cooker white rice for a hearty meal.

Forgot to defrost your meat? No worries! We have tips for making Instant Pot frozen ground beef that will save the day. And if you’re craving a simple yet delicious meal, try our Instant Pot ground beef and rice recipe.

Don’t forget about meatloaf! You can easily make it in the oven, but pressure cooking it and then air frying it takes it to a whole new level. Crumble any leftovers and use them in our Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash pizza dish.

Air Fryer Ground Beef Recipes

The air fryer is a versatile kitchen appliance, and there’s no shortage of recipes you can prepare with it. While making hamburgers is an obvious choice, we believe in making meals extra special. Serve sliders inside sliced air fryer garlic bread or rolls for a fun twist.

Looking for a simple taco meat recipe? We’ve got you covered with three different methods. Once it’s ready, serve it with tortillas and a wide variety of toppings like salsa, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, and avocado slices.

You can even use your air fryer to cook taco meat or sloppy joe filling. It can also be added to a pot of slow cooker spaghetti sauce for a heartier meal. Thanks to the air fryer’s ability to drain away excess grease, your dishes will be healthier overall.

Craving stuffed bell peppers? Try our air fryer version, which requires less prep work than traditional recipes.

And let’s not forget about comfort food! Our favorite weeknight meal is air fryer meatballs with mashed potatoes. Add a dash of soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce to elevate the flavors. Trust us; it’s delicious!

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The air fryer is a game changer. From hot dogs to cake, it can enhance the flavors and textures of your favorite foods.

Crockpot Hamburger Recipes

When it comes to creating comforting and delicious meals, the Crockpot is the ultimate tool. Ground beef pasta is an excellent example of comfort food at its finest. If you prefer a cheese-less version, try our slow cooker hamburger helper. However, we highly recommend loading it up with elbow macaroni noodles for the ultimate indulgence.

If you’re curious about cooking ground beef in the Crockpot, rest assured—it’s possible! Simply cook the meat in your slow cooker, then use it in various recipes or freeze it for later use.

Looking for a crowd-pleaser? Our 5-ingredient Crockpot chili is a hit and is incredibly affordable. For a hassle-free lasagna experience, you can prepare it in the Crockpot without boiling the noodles beforehand. If you have little ones, they’ll appreciate the bite-sized shell noodles in our kid-friendly version.

For something different, give chili mac and vegetable soup a try. They’re both delicious and perfect for those looking to try something new.

Meals to Make with Ground Beef

When the weather calls for warm and comforting soups, add some cabbage to enhance the flavor and texture. Our Crockpot stuffed cabbage recipe is a hit with kids and adults alike.

Lastly, let’s talk about smoking ground beef. If you’re a fan of smoked meats, you’ll love our phenomenal recipe. Stuffed with bacon and oozing with cheese, every slice is a taste sensation. You can even add smoked ground beef to air fryer burritos for a flavorful twist.

Freezing and Storing Ground Beef

When stored properly in airtight containers or wrapped in foil or freezer bags, ground beef can be frozen for up to four months. However, it can be kept frozen indefinitely.

Once cooked, ground beef should be moved to airtight containers within two hours. It can then be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.

We hope this article has given you plenty of inspiration on what to cook with ground beef. We will continue adding new ideas to the Typical Mom blog, so stay tuned for more delicious recipes!

Now, it’s time to fire up the stove or preheat the oven and get cooking. Enjoy your ground beef creations and savor every bite!

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