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    Easy Ground Beef Recipes – Budget Bytes Fitnessnacks

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    Ground beef is an easy dinner favorite. Not only is hamburger easy to incorporate into any recipe, it’s hearty and always a winner. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite easy ground beef recipes so the next time someone asks, “what’s for dinner?” or you catch a killer sale on ground beef, you’ve got a short list of easy go-to recipes. And let us know what your favorite is in the comments below!

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    Ground beef can be on the expensive side, so here’s how we stretch our dollar when using ground beef in recipes. Mix and match these tips to get the most servings for your dollar:

    • Buy ground beef in bulk to get a better price per pound, divide it into one or one half pound portions, and freeze for later.
    • Replace half of the ground beef in a recipe with black beans or lentils.
    • Add extra vegetables to the dish to bulk it up and make more servings for less money. Shredded or minced vegetables often mix seamlessly into ground beef.
    • Serve your ground beef dish over rice or pasta to make each serving extra filling.
    • Watch for sales and stock up when prices are good. Stock your freezer with sale priced meat for later!

    Favorite Ground Beef Recipes for Dinner

    1. Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes

    A sloppy joe on a plate with potato chips.

    Ground beef in a tangy sauce piled onto a soft bun, homemade Sloppy Joes are an easy, classic American weeknight dinner.

    $10.20 recipe / $2.04 serving
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    Sloppy Joes are always a family favorite and making them from scratch is surprisingly easy! So toss the canned sauce and whip up these incredibly flavorful homemade sloppy joes instead!

    2. Homemade Chili

    The Best Homemade Chili Recipe

    Basic Chili in a bowl being eaten

    This is the BEST homemade chili recipe. It’s super easy and delicious, plus there are plenty of ways to customize it and make it your own.

    $9.28 recipe / $1.55 serving
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    I know everyone has their own chili recipe, but THIS chili recipe has won awards. Plus we’ve got a ton of ideas and suggestions for modifying the recipe to make it your own.

    3. Homemade Meatloaf

    Classic Meatloaf

    Side view of sliced meatloaf on a platter

    This classic meatloaf recipe is just like the traditional meatloaf grandma used to make. Tender and juicy with the perfect tomato glaze!

    $9.56 recipe / $0.96 per slice
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    Homemade Meatloaf is a dinnertime classic for a reason. It’s savory and delicious, totally nostalgic, and that tangy tomato glaze on top is to die for. Plus, the leftovers make great meatloaf sandwiches the next day!

    4. Swedish Meatballs

    Swedish Meatballs

    Overhead view of a bowl full of mashed potatoes and Swedish Meatballs.

    Swedish meatballs are a delicious and cozy meal that is easy enough to prepare for a weeknight dinner but fancy enough for a special occasion.

    $5.83 recipe / $1.46 serving
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    Swedish Meatballs are hard to resist with their ultra creamy sauce and bed of fluffy mashed potatoes! No trip to Ikea needed to get a plate of this goodness!

    5. American Goulash

    Easy American Goulash

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    This easy one pot version of American Goulash cooks the pasta and beef in the same pot with a homemade red wine tomato sauce for extra flavor. 

    $10.96 recipe / $1.83 serving
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    This dish goes by many names depending on where you live: American Goulash, Chop Suey, Beef and Mac, and more. No matter what you call it, it’s a super cozy ground beef and pasta dish that lands somewhere between chili and a traditional red meat sauce, and it’s absolutely divine.

    6. Salisbury Steak

    Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

    A plate full of Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, mashed potatoes, and green peas.

    Homemade Salisbury Steak with a rich mushroom gravy is a quick, simple, and hearty weeknight dinner that will fill even the biggest of appetites!

    $8.34 recipe / $2.09 serving
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    If you grew up on TV dinners in the 70s or 80s, you know about Salisbury Steak. It’s no surprise that homemade Salisbury Steak is 100x better, so it’s definitely worth trying. Put it on your dinner menu this week!

    7. Homemade Meatballs

    Easy Homemade Meatballs

    Meatballs in a pot of red sauce with a spoon holding two meatballs

    These easy homemade meatballs are freezer-friendly and versatile. Keep a batch in the freezer for quick weeknight dinners later!

    $10.92 recipe / $1.82 serving
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    Take your spaghetti night up a notch with these easy homemade meatballs. I promise they’re not difficult and worth the few extra minutes of prep! Plus, you can freeze some for later. 😉

    8. Bolognese

    Bolognese

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    Bolognese, the dreamy (and easy) Italian meat sauce, pairs with more than pasta. Work it into baked potatoes, bell peppers, rice, or nachos!

    $10.28 recipe / $1.29 serving
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    Bolognese sauce is one of those recipes that you want to let sit and simmer away all afternoon so that your whole house smells amazing and the flavors develop into something truly epic. Put this one down for your next weekend and enjoy the best Sunday dinner ever!

    9. Curried ground Beef with Potatoes

    Curried Ground Beef with Peas and Potatoes

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    Meat and potatoes come together with savory curry powder in this super simple weeknight curried ground beef skillet.

    $6.99 recipe / $1.17 serving
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    The simplicity of this Curried Ground Beef with Potatoes juxtaposes the incredible flavor, making it one of my all-time favorite dinner recipes. Trust me on this one, you WANT to try it.

    Simple Ground Beef Recipes

    10. Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

    Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

    This fast and easy Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry is a filling low carb dinner with big flavor and endless possibilities for customization. 

    $7.14 recipe / $1.79 serving
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    Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry (also known as cabbage roll in a bowl) is one of the most viral recipes on our website. So if you haven’t tried this one yet, you’re missing out!

    11. Beef and Tomato Rice Bowls

    Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl

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    This budget-friendly, easy Beef Tomato Rice Bowl is lip-smackingly good, endlessly adaptable, and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

    $7.78 recipe / $1.95 serving
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    When you just need something simple and GOOD that uses pantry staples, this Beef and Tomato Rice Bowl is it.

    12. Beef and Taco Skillet

    Beef Taco Skillet

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    This Beef Taco Skillet can repurpose your leftover ingredients into a fast, easy, and hearty weeknight dinner.

    $6.30 recipe / $1.58 serving
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    Beef Taco Skillet is kind of like beef nachos, but different. Everything is sautéed together in a skillet and topped with shredded cheese for an extra gooey finish. Talk about quick comfort food!

    13. Weeknight Pasta Sauce

    The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce

    This rich and subtle pasta sauce is incredibly easy, which has earned it the title of The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce in my house! BudgetBytes.com

    This rich and subtle pasta sauce is incredibly easy, which has earned it the title of The Best Weeknight Pasta Sauce in my house!

    $4.35 recipe / $1.09 serving
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    If you want to level up your pasta game, give this Weeknight Pasta Sauce a try. It’s easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, but still a hundred times better than store-bought jarred sauce!

    14. Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner

    Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner

    Make an entire dinner for two at one time with this fast and easy Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner. Perfect for meal prep! BudgetBytes.com

    Make an entire dinner for two at one time with this fast and easy Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner. Perfect for meal prep! 

    $6.27 recipe / $3.14 serving
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    Sheet Pan BBQ Meatloaf Dinner is an easy dinner where you cook your main and two sides all together on one single sheet pan. Talk about easy!

    15. Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli

    Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli

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    Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli is a quick and easy all-in-one bowl dinner recipe with a rich, buttery, salty, and sweet sauce.

    $6.55 recipe / $1.63 serving
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    Skip the take out tonight and make these Garlic Noodles with Beef and Broccoli. It’s super quick, so filling, and totally craveable!

    Ground Beef Soup Recipes

    16. Taco Soup

    Taco Soup

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    Taco soup is an easy and hearty soup with all the flavor of your favorite tacos in a warm and delicious bowl of soup.

    $11.84 recipe / $1.97 serving
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    Taco Soup is one of the easiest soup recipes you’ll ever make! Just dump everything in the pot, let it simmer, and you end up with a super flavorful and hearty bowl that is ready for your favorite toppings. P.S. The leftovers are awesome, too!

    17. Vegetable Beef Soup

    Vegetable Beef Soup

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    This super easy vegetable beef soup is a filling and flavorful option for lunch, dinner, or your weekly meal prep!

    $11.13 recipe / $1.86 serving
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    Vegetable Beef Soup is a childhood favorite, but trust me when I say you want to make this from scratch instead of buying the sad little cans. The homemade version is extra hearty with big chunks of vegetables and plenty of beef in every bite!

    18. Beef and Cabbage SOup

    Beef and Cabbage Soup

    Light, but filling, this Beef and Cabbage Soup will fill you up without weighing you down, and will keep you warm from the inside out. BudgetBytes.com

    Light, but filling, this Beef and Cabbage Soup will fill you up without weighing you down, and will keep you warm from the inside out. 

    $9.63 recipe / $1.61 serving
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    If you want even MORE vegetables (and fewer carbs), go for this Beef and Cabbage Soup. I love this soup so much that I make it at least once a month, year round!

    Ground Beef Casseroles

    19. Cheesy Cottage Pie

    Cheesy Cottage Pie

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    This Cheesy Cottage Pie is chock-full of vegetables in a rich beef gravy, and topped with a layer of super smooth and creamy cheddar mashed potatoes. 

    $6.59 recipe / $1.10 serving
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    Cottage Pie is just a Shepherd’s Pie but made with ground beef instead of lamb. To make this cottage pie extra luscious, we also mixed in a healthy dose of cheese into the mashed potatoes. YUM.

    20. Beef and Mushroom Country Casserole

    Beef & Mushroom Country Casserole

    Beef & Mushroom Country Casserole is a filling and flavorful hot meal that the whole family will love, and with NO cream of soups! 

    $12.09 recipe / $2.02 serving
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    Pasta, hamburger meat, and a cheesy, creamy red sauce make this Beef and Mushroom Country Casserole absolutely irresistible!

    21. Beef Burrito Casserole

    Beef Burrito Casserole

    This Beef Burrito Casserole is totally customizable and can include all your favorite burrito or nacho toppings. Leftovers reheat great for lunch!

    $8.10 recipe / $1.35 serving
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    Beef Burrito Casserole has all of the delicious ingredients of a beef burrito, but in casserole form! Ground beef, beans, cheese, plenty of spices, and rice instead of a tortilla.

    Slow Cooker Ground Beef Recipes

    22. Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

    Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

    Side view of a meatball sub on a plate with the baking dish in the background.

    These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are extra tender and flavorful thanks to a low and slow simmer in marinara sauce.

    $19.43 recipe / $2.43 each
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    These Slow Cooker Meatball Subs are one of the best things I made in 2022. They’re so easy, the meatballs so tender, and the subs are better than anything you’ll get a restaurant. 🙌

    23. Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

    Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

    Overhead view of a bowl full of slow cooker hamburger stew with bread and a spoon on the side

    This super easy Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew is simple, comforting food at its best. And the leftovers are even better the next day!

    $9.88 recipe / $1.65 serving
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    Also known as “poor man’s stew”, this Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew is a simple combination of ground beef, vegetables, and broth. Not fancy, but oh so satisfying!

    24. Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs

    Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs

    A plate with spaghetti, marinara, and a giant slow cooker meatball.

    As easy as 1-2-3, these Giant Slow Cooker Meatballs are a fun, easy, and effortless answer to weeknight dinner. 

    $8.00 recipe / $2.00 serving
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    These big and juicy Slow Cooker Meatballs cook right in the red sauce over slow and low heat so you get the MOST flavor possible and not a drop goes to waste.

    One Pot Ground Beef Recipes

    25. One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

    One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

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    Cheeseburger Pasta is a fast and easy homemade version of hamburger helper that cooks all in one pot for easy cleanup!

    $5.03 recipe / $1.26 serving
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    One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta is an all-time Budget Bytes reader favorite recipe. You get all the flavor of your favorite cheese burger in an easy one pot pasta and that ground beef is stretched over several servings!

    26. Beef Taco Pasta

    One Pot Beef Taco Pasta

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    This Beef Taco Pasta is like a homemade version of hamburger helper with a southwest flavor spin. Hearty, delicious, and comforting!

    $10.33 recipe / $1.72 serving
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    Another easy one pot meal, this Beef Taco Pasta has all your favorite southwest flavors in pasta form. You can’t go wrong!

    27. One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

    One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

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    This super easy one pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff is a delicious and comforting weeknight dinner that requires just a few ingredients.

    $5.54 recipe / $1.39 serving
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    Who doesn’t love a rich and creamy stroganoff? We made this One Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff a little more budget-friendly by adding some mushrooms and cooked it all in one pot to make it as quick and easy as possible!

    28. One Pot Chili Pasta

    One Pot Chili Pasta

    This super hearty One Pot Chili Pasta is bursting with southwest chili flavor, protein, and fiber. It’s a meal in a bowl that the whole family will love.

    $9.71 recipe / $1.08 serving
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    If you grew up on hamburger helper, you’re going to love this One Pot Chili Pasta! It’s like the grown up version, made from scratch, and I promise it is soooo much better but still just as easy. 😉





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