Monday, March 7, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: What to Do with Ground Beef

Top Ten {Tuesday}

At our house, one of the most commonly-used dinner ingredients is ground beef. It's fairly inexpensive, easy to freeze, and easy to use in lots of different ways. All too often, however, I find myself staring at a thawed portion of ground beef and I draw a blank. I have no idea what we should have, and I find myself desperate for dinnspiration. (See what I did there? Dinner + Inspiration? Nevermind.)

Here's a top ten list of easy dinners using ground beef:

1. Tacos - ground beef, taco seasoning, toppings, tortillas, DONE.

2. Chili - this is an easy, mild chili recipe that can be made in the slow-cooker or on the stove.

3. Spaghetti - sometimes I go all-out and make my own sauce, but usually I just use Prego. It's yummy and fast.

4. Tater-tot casserole - there are many different variations of this, but they're all pretty good! (And none of them are even remotely healthy.)

5. Vegetable-beef soup - ground beef, mixed vegetables, beef broth, brown rice, and whatever seasonings strike your fancy. Yum!

6. Stroganoff - one of our family favorites. We love it with noodles, with white rice, with brown rice, and even with mashed potatoes.

7. Sloppy Joes - we love sloppy joes, but we usually serve them as open-face sandwiches, to be eaten with a fork.

8. Meatloaf - confession: I never use a real recipe for meatloaf. That being said, it doesn't always turn out the way I would like it to. I'm going to try this recipe next time.

9. Burgers - especially if you have a good grill. We only have a charcoal grill, and we seldom use it, but I'll occasionally make burgers on the stovetop.

10. Mac & Cheese - okay, this is kind of cheating. James grew up eating Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with ground beef & frozen mixed vegetables added. You know what? It's good. It's really, really good. Also? Fast. Cheap. Kid-friendly.

What dinners to you make with ground beef? What's your fallback recipe?

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MyCorrie said...

Hey the post was greatly informative. Thanks

Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

'dinnspiration' - that made me smile. I seem to always be lacking in the dinner inspiration department! Taco soup is a quick, easy, ground beef recipe we like at our house.

Damsel said...

Dinnspiration!! I love that!!

Great post... I find myself in a rut too often. Thanks for the ideas!

Anonymous said...

Great list. I've actually been a vegetarian for a couple of years and am thinking of switching back. We had a friend move in temporarily and he brought a ton of ground beef with him. I was wondering what I would do with it all. My husband will be SO EXCITED when I tell him we're having tater tot casserole!

Amber@ClassicHousewife said...

We make a lot of these, too. We also make what we call Family Casserole (though it's not technically a casserole.)It has beef, potatoes and green beans.

We also do taco soup, like Jamie, and shepherd's pie. Porcupine meatballs. Meatball sub sandwiches. =)

Miranda said...

Ground beef is defintely my go-to meat. We also have a lot of deer burger right now so that's a great cheap subsitute for ground beef. We love chili and shepherd's pie.

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ferestre pvc oferte said...

This is a great top ten. Although, my top ten would have the same recipes but in a different order. That being said, I always enjoy tacos, chili and mac-and-cheese. Thanks for sharing.