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Easy ground beef recipe for dinner tonight

Whether you’re looking to save time during a busy work week, or want to spend less when food prices are on the rise, one ingredient that’s inexpensive, versatile, and easy to cook is beef. In fact, according to US News & World Report, you can often find a package of ground beef for less than $5. To further lower your grocery bill, you can also buy a chuck roast and then grind the meat, or ask your butcher to do the dirty work for you.

However, if you buy ground meat, you can pack it into things like tacos or chili, or stretch the protein further by combining it with other ingredients – think bread, vegetables and herbs – to make meat or burger patties. So go ahead and add ground beef to your grocery list, then use it to make one of the following easy beef recipes!



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Ricotta Meatballs

Marcus Nilsson

When you think of beef, beef is probably one of the first foods that comes to mind. This recipe calls for a combination of beef and turkey or pork, which produces less meat but tastes like meat. The meat is also made with ricotta, which gives the final product a soft texture. You can freeze these guys for a month, which means you can always have delicious meat.



Beef and cabbage stew

Victor Protasius

Think of this easy dish as shredded beef stew with a little Moroccan flavor. Start with a ground beef filling that has been seasoned with cinnamon and coriander, then add chopped green cabbage and onions. Adding raisins and tomato puree adds sweetness and brightness to the sauce. Serve over rice and you’ve got dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.



Spicy ground beef

Seasoned with chili powder, cumin, paprika and garlic, this delicious concoction will be your go-to filling for meat eaters. Get the recipe..
Marcus Nilsson

This ground beef mixture is seasoned with chili powder, cumin, paprika and garlic. Of course, it makes an easy and delicious taco filling, but you can also add it to quesadillas, use some of your homemade pizza toppings, or sprinkle a little on top of bowls or rice.



Bulgogi-Inspired Beef Tacos

Greg DuPree

Speaking of tacos, these come together in 15 minutes. Inside you’ll find ground beef seasoned with brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sriracha, as well as small pieces of wood, ground sesame seeds, and store-bought kimchi. This recipe is so easy and delicious that we guarantee it will become a new favorite by the week.





Fried spaghetti and meat

Marcus Nilsson

If you’ve ever wondered what you get when you combine spaghetti, meatloaf and casserole, this is it. Our favorite part of this unique recipe is that everything – the meat, the pasta and the tomato sauce – is baked in the oven. An hour or so later, you have a family favorite ready that picky eaters will love.



Black beans and zucchini beans

Anna Williams

This chili, which feeds eight, requires more than a pound of ground beef. The meat is prepared by slow cooking with other chili ingredients such as black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, tomato paste and chili powder. Zucchini slices add a lot of nutrients to the dish, and make it tastier. Top each dish with sour cream, sliced ​​avocado, and chopped fresh cilantro, and you’re good to go!



Sloppy Joe Biscuits with Roasted Broccolini

Jennifer Causey

What’s better than a dirty Joe? A sloppy joe served on a freezer biscuit. In addition to saving time, biscuits act as the perfect vehicle to clean up all the goodness. When shopping for ground beef, look for a mix of 80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat — a good ratio for juicy, tender beef. If you want to be ambitious, try making your own biscuits instead of using store-bought biscuits.



Spaghetti with Bacon Meatballs

Homemade marinara marinated meatloaf is one of our favorite hacks: the meat imparts a long-cooked flavor to the sauce while the sauce holds the meat and the meat. Serve them with any type of pasta you like, over polenta, or on toasted hoagie rolls. Make them with or without bacon and consider yourself a hero of the week. Get the recipe:Spaghetti with Bacon Meatballs.
Sang An

Bacon meat? Yes please! In addition to ground beef, these meatballs are made with finely chopped meat, which adds a salty, smoky flavor to the mix. Other meaty ingredients include grated Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and parsley leaves. Serve them with spaghetti, polenta, or zucchini noodles and you have an easy and delicious meal in 30 minutes.





Fast Bolognese

Victor Protasius

The frustrating thing about Bolognese sauce is that it usually requires several hours on the stove. However, this quick and easy version requires 30 minutes of crafting, followed by 90 minutes. Go ahead and make a large batch, and feel free to store the leftovers in the freezer for up to three months. Then, use the leftovers to coat the pasta, boil an egg to make an interesting shakshuka, or add hot boiled potatoes.



Albondigas (Meatballs) with tomato sauce

Miguel Castile

For a different take on meat, try this recipe from Argentinian chef Fernando Navas. It calls for grass-fed beef, toasted bread, ricotta cheese, and more. In addition, the meat gets time to cook in a special homemade tomato sauce, and it produces a light meal or snack in more than an hour.