Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes

These Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes are made with few ingredients and packed full of flavor with easy to follow instructions.

These Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes are made with few ingredients and packed full of flavor for quick and easy weeknight dinners!pinterestGround beef is one of my favorite ingredients to start a dinner with because it’s easy to work with and the variations of recipes you can create are endless! Not to mention the fact that ground beef is affordable and easily freezable, making it the perfect budget friendly choice!

One Pan Ground Beef Recipes:

Starting off this comprehensive list of ground beef recipes are these super simple dinners that can be made in just one skillet!

Italian Beef and Rice Skillet – This hearty dish is filled with subtle Italian flavors, veggies and topped with mozzarella cheese. Serve with a side of garlic bread and garden salad for a complete meal!

This ground beef recipe is one of our family favorites! So quick and easy!

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Skillet – Bring all the classic flavors of sloppy joes to the next level with this kid-friendly dish!

Comfort food and convenience come together in this super easy Sloppy Jo Tater Tot Skillet recipe! My whole family loved this one!

Chili Pasta Skillet Dinner – Hearty lean ground beef, beans, corn and pasta comprise this super easy, one skillet dinner.

This Chili Pasta Skillet Dinner is made with ground beef and is perfect for any night of the week!

Ground Beef Stuffed Pepper Skillet – Forget stuffing peppers, this super easy one pan dinner combines all the flavors into an easy to follow 30 minute dinner recipe!

OMG! This ground beef stuffed pepper skillet was ready in less than 30 minutes and made in just one pan! My family LOVED it!

One Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff – Not only is the delicious beef gravy prepped in the same pan as the ground beef, but so are the noodles! An instant family favorite!

My whole family LOVED this One Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff! I loved how easy this dinner recipe was and clean up was a breeze!

One Skillet Mexican Beef and Rice – A definite kid-favorite, this easy ground beef recipe comes together in minutes and is best when topped with all your favorite taco toppings!

My whole family LOVED this One Skillet Mexican Beef and Rice dinner recipe! Super quick and easy and we ate the leftovers wrapped up in tortillas!

How Do You Freeze Ground Beef?

  • Stock up when you find a good deal on ground beef because it is easy to freeze and pull out when needed for a recipe.
  • If you are refrigerating ground beef, keep at 40 degrees F or below for up to 1 to 2 days.
  • For longer FREEZER STORAGE, wrap tightly in heavy duty plastic wrap, aluminum foil, freezer paper or plastic bags made for freezing.
  • When I buy ground beef in bulk I like to use my Vacuum Sealer Machine to get all the air out of the bags to prevent freezer burn.

How Long Does Ground Beef Last in the Freezer?

  • Ground beef is indefinitely if kept frozen, but will lose quality over time.
  • It’s best to use frozen ground beef within 4 months.

How Do You Defrost Frozen Ground Beef?

  • The safest way to defrost frozen ground beef is in the refrigerator. Keeping the meat cold while defrosting is crucial to prevent the growth of any unwanted bacteria.
  • Use or refreeze the ground beef within 1 to 2 days.
  • To defrost frozen ground beef more rapidly you can do so in cold water.
    • Put the meat in a watertight plastic bag and submerge.
    • Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook immediately.
    • Do not refreeze raw ground meat thawed in cold water or in the microwave oven unless you cook it first.

Ground Beef Casserole Recipes:

Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas – You won’t believe how quickly these tasty enchiladas come together!

Once your beef enchiladas are done, top with all your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!

Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pie Recipe – These kid friendly cups are filled with a simple ground beef mixture and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.

These super easy Mini Shepherd's Pot Pies Recipe is so easy that even your kids could make them!

Slow Cooker Steakhouse Stuffed Peppers – These peppers are filled with ground beef, rice and a steak sauce, then cooked to perfection in the crock pot.

These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Stuffed Peppers are bursting with flavor and only take a few minutes to prep! The perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe!

Cheeseburger and French Fry Casserole – This fun and creative casserole is filled with cheesy hamburger, crispy french fries and a delicious fry sauce on top!

This Cheeseburger and French Fry Casserole is filled with all the hamburger favorites and even topped with crispy seasoned french fries and a creamy fry sauce!

Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Beans – A hearty mix of ground beef, bacon and three types of beans in a tangy, sweet and slightly spicy sauce.

These Slow Cooker Steakhouse Cowboy Baked Beans are a thick and hearty side dish with a punch of savory and sweet spices!

How Do You Know if Ground Beef is Bad?

  • Has your ground beef changed from a beautiful red color to a more dull shade of brown? If so, you’re probably wondering if it’s still ok to eat. Chances are yes, it’s still safe so long as it’s been stored properly (see above for storage recommendations).
  • The reason your ground beef has changed colors is usually caused by the lack of oxygen penetrating below the surface layer of the meat.
  • When ground beef goes truly bad, signs of spoilage are normally present, including an off odor, a sticky or tacky feel, or a slimy appearance.

Kid Friendly Ground Beef Recipes:

Super Easy Walking Tacos – These fun “tacos in a bag” are perfect potlucks, tailgating and more!

Lay out all the taco toppings, including ground taco meat with several bags of chips and let everyone assemble their own walking taco!

Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf – Take your meatloaf to new heights with this cheesy filled creation!

My whole family LOVES this Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf! It's filled with extra cheesy macaroni and the meatloaf is perfectly tender!

Cheeseburger Pizza – Who says pizza can’t also be a cheeseburger? Kids everywhere go bonkers for this fun and delicious creation!

My whole family LOVED this Cheeseburger Pizza! We make it at least once a month now!

Flat Ground Beef Enchiladas – No need to roll and bake this hearty dinner, serve these ground beef enchiladas with all your favorite taco toppings!

Flat Ground Beef Enchiladas! My whole family loved these! They are so easy and that enchilada sauce is to die for!

Super Easy Taco Pizza – Quite possibly one of my kid’s favorite pizza recipes, this taco pizza includes refried beans and a seasoned ground beef.

This super easy Kid friendly ground beef recipe is just what your family needs!

Comfort Food Ground Beef Recipes:

Make Ahead Frozen Ground Beef Meatballs – Keep these in your freezer for whenever spaghetti night comes along and always be prepared!

Make Ahead Frozen Meatballs

Quick and Easy Taco Soup – This speedy taco soup recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes for a comforting weeknight meal!

This Quick and Easy Taco Soup recipe is a family favorite! We love topping it with all the taco toppings!

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes – It doesn’t get much easier than this… a complete meal made in just one pan with all the classic comforts.

This Instant Pot Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes is a complete meal made in 20 minutes in your pressure cooker! So genius!

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers – Tender meatloaf is stuffed inside peppers and cooked on top of potatoes for a complete meal in one crock pot!

Everything cooks together in this Slow Cooker Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Potatoes! So genius!

Easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe – Whip up this super easy ground beef dish in less than 15 minutes with minimal ingredients!

Serve your Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowl with sliced cucumbers and matchstick carrots for a complete dinner!

Don’t forget to check out my full collection of SUPER EASY GROUND BEEF RECIPES for even more delicious and easy to make dinners!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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