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13 Easy Ways to Use Ground Beef for Dinner Tonight

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000,000 times – I love good, easy dinner recipes that get everyone fed while leaving everyone satisfied and content.

With busy work and school and sports schedules, managing dinner on top of the typical daily family hustle can feel like a whole lot of a lot.

Whenever possible, I try to keep a stash of things in the freezer that can come together quickly to make delicious, hearty dinners without a ton of fuss.

Ground beef is one of those ingredients that cooks up quickly while also being very flavorful and a huge hit with a large number of people.

If you’re on the hunt for great, easy dinner ideas, grab the leftover beef from the freezer to thaw because tonight’s dinner is about to be served!

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Christine Brown's White Lasagna Recipe Photo
White Lasagna Recipe with Beef
This simple, flavorful white lasagna recipe made with chunks of ground beef can only best be described as a crowd pleaser. The star of this dish is undoubtedly the creamy Alfredo sauce, which is wildly simple to make. It’s poured between layers of lasagna noodles, ground beef, spinach and cheese, making for a surprisingly simple and utterly delicious dinner any night of the week.
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Low Carb Pizza Meal Prep Bowls Photo
Low Carb Pizza Meal Prep Bowls Recipe
These pizza meal prep bowls are about as genius as genius gets – all the flavor of pizza but in bowl form. It’s super easy to prep these pizza bowls in advance for dinner on a busy weeknight or to bring along to work for lunch during the week. Mix them up with whatever ingredients you prefer or happen to have on hand like ground beef, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions and mushrooms.
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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks Recipe Photo
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks Recipe
This recipe for slow cooker Salisbury steaks is our most popular recipe ever and it’s easy to understand why! Easy, delicious, and so satisfying, this recipe is the definition of comfort food. Super flavorful, seasoned beef patties are simmered in the slow cooker in a rich sauce along with sliced mushrooms and onions then served over egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Make it now – thank me later!
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Mince and Dumplings Photo
Mince and Dumplings Recipe
Mince and dumplings is the perfect cold weather dish to warm you up. Minced beef (also known as ground beef) is cooked with vegetables and beef stock, then topped with soft, pillowy dumplings. This is real British comfort food at its finest! Don’t be intimidated though – mince and dumplings makes for a simple, easy dinner any day of the week, any time of year.
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Frito Taco Pie Photo
Frito Taco Pie Recipe
This Frito taco pie recipe is one we talk about a lot around here, but it’s easy to understand why! Arguably nothing makes for an easier home cooked dinner than this simple pairing of ground beef, corn, onion, diced tomatoes, beans, taco seasoning and cheese tall topped with salty, crunchy Frito’s corn chips. We also love making this one for tailgate parties!
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Tex Mex Enchilada Meatballs Photo
Tex Mex Enchilada Meatballs Recipe
These Tex Mex enchilada meatballs make a tasty little appetizer or a surprisingly easy and delicious dinner option. The juicy and flavorful Tex Mex inspired meatballs are made with a combination of ground beef and chorizo, simmered in a Texas style homemade enchilada sauce. Serve them with a big bowl of rice and steamed veggies for a full dinner you’ll love.
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Taco Tater Tot Casserole Recipe Photo
Taco Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Made with loads of beef and cheese, this taco tater tot casserole will feed the masses and have everyone begging for seconds! We love making tater tot casseroles in various ways for just about any meal of the day, but they are especially great when whipping up an easy weeknight dinner. This particular type of dish, sometimes referred to as hot dish, has many different variations. If you can think it up, I guarantee there’s a tater tot casserole version.
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French Onion Skillet Beef Casserole Photo
French Onion Skillet Beef Casserole Recipe
This French onion skillet beef casserole recipe is for the onion lovers in the crowd! Caramelized onions, beef, seasoning, orzo and Gruyere cheese come together in a comforting and simple one pot casserole that may just become your new go-to easy weeknight dinner recipe. If you love a good French onion soup, you have to give this one pot meal a try.
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Keto Sloppy Joes Photo
Keto Sloppy Joes Recipe
Sloppy joes are probably one of the quintessential recipes to have up your sleeve simply because meat-loving husbands love ‘em and so do many picky eaters! This keto version uses ground beef simmered in a homemade sloppy joe sauce for a flavor that is out of this world. Instead of the typical bun, the meat is served over a bed of butter lettuce for a satisfying crunch.
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Ground Mongolian Beef Photo
Ground Mongolian Beef Recipe
This easy, delicious recipe for our ground Mongolian beef is a budget friendly twist on the classic delivery dish that is arguably even better than the original. Think, all the great taste you love and crave in a cheap and easy dinner you can have ready and on the table in minutes! Now that is my kind of weeknight dinner!
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Mexican Rice Skillet Photo
Mexican Rice Skillet Recipe
Another hero of a one pot meal, our Mexican rice skillet makes one tasty dinner. Made with ground beef, rice and lots of seasoning, don’t skimp on the toppings. Olives, diced tomatoes, chunks of avocado, sliced scallions, shredded cheese, sour cream – serve it up with the toppings you love to make it your own.
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Pierogies Taco Skillet Photo
Pierogies Taco Skillet Recipe
If you’ve never had pierogies but with a taco flair, consider this your sign! Cheese filled pierogies get a Mexican twist with taco meat, salsa, and plenty of cheese! The whole combination makes a great weeknight meal that is ready in no time. Cook up the meat and pierogies, then mix them together with some salsa. Top everything with cheese and let it melt and that’s all!
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Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole Photo
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Enjoy the great taste of cheeseburgers any day of the week with the best cheeseburger tater tot casserole. We’re talking cheesy ground beef topped with crispy tater tots all creating a yummy, easy dinner everyone will enjoy! This casserole feeds a crowd and transports well. Plus, it’s simple enough for a quick weeknight meal.
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