37 Ground Beef Dinner Ideas

Ground beef is one of the most versatile ingredients to have in your kitchen! Here are 37 Ground Beef Dinner Ideas to turn that humble pound of beef into the most delicious home cooking. From meaty casseroles to beef tacos, cozy chilis to hearty pies, shake up your dinner routine with these easy and inventive beef recipes!

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Wondering what to make for dinner? Craving something hearty and filling? That’s your cue to take out that pound of ground beef sitting in your freezer, or run to the nearest meat locker. Ground beef is one of the most popular meats out there, for good reason! What makes ground beef so great? Here are just some of the reasons we love it:

  • It’s super tasty. Ground beef has just the right amount of fat that renders when cooked, making it absolutely delicious! Ground beef adds loads of flavor (not to mention moist, juicy texture) to any dish.
  • It’s versatile. Tacos, meat sauces, chilis, casseroles – you name it. Browned ground beef is a leading ingredient in all kinds of meals.
  • It’s good for you. Beef is an affordable source of protein that’s rich in minerals and vitamins.
  • It’s an easy keeper. Ground beef is one of the easiest ingredients to buy in bulk and freeze for the long term. This means easy defrosting to use in all your favorite beef recipes, any time!

Below are 37 creative and delicious ways to use ground beef, that you can make for dinner tonight!

Golden baked Greek pastitsio pasta in a baking dish with a slice missing.

Ground Beef Pastitsio Pasta


For a little something different, Greek pastitsio is a traditional Mediterranean casserole made with layers of tender noodles, ground beef and creamy homemade bechamel sauce.

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Cheeseburger Casserole


Cheesy, beefy cheeseburger casserole is the ultimate comfort food. This recipe gets creative with crispy tater tots and toppings – and we’re not complaining!

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Homemade Hamburger Helper


Make your own version of this classic, kid-favorite comfort food. Easy homemade Hamburger Helper is full of flavor, ground beef, cheese, and nostalgia.

Scooping out ground beef and rice from a skillet.

Easy Taco Beef and Rice Skillet


This easy 30-minute skillet dinner is perfect for feeding a family, loaded up with Mexican-style flavors of seasoned ground beef and tender long grain rice. Ole!

beef enchiladas

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole

A deconstructed beef enchilada in the form of a cheesy Mexican–style rice casserole. This rice bake is easy to make for a comforting weeknight meal.

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Frito Pie

A classic Frito pie is sort of like a deconstructed taco – filled with ground beef, topped with crunchy corn chips, and so craveable! This is an easy kid-friendly casserole that’s just as loved by adults, too!

A slice of homemade lasagna on a plate with salad

Homemade Lasagna


What more satisfying than homemade lasagna?! Made with a ground beef pasta sauce that’s simmered on the stove for hours, this flavorful lasagna recipe is a must try.

Sheet Pan Beef and Cheese Quesadillas


These cheesy beef quesadillas bake up all crispy and delicious on a sheet pan! Made with seasoned beef, gooey Monterey Jack cheese, and spicy jalapenos for a nice kick.

A white plate with three ground beef tacos

Quick & Easy Ground Beef Tacos


When you’re craving tacos in a hurry, this is the recipe, right here. Fast and easy, ultra saucy ground beef tacos that don’t sacrifice on flavor.

Ground Beef Southwestern Style Tacos


Try these Southwestern-style tacos at your next Taco Tuesday! This taco recipe is simple and delicious, made with seasoned ground beef, Pinto beans, and cheese.

Hard shell tacos are on a white plate with sliced limes

Best Taco Meat


This is the only recipe for taco meat you’ll ever need! Versatile and full of flavor, this taco beef recipe is perfectly seasoned and ready to use in all your favorite Tex Mex-inspired dishes.

A big bowl of taco salad piled with veggies, tortillas, avocado and ground beef

Taco Salad


A deconstructed taco in the form of a quick and healthy salad! Perfect for a light weeknight dinner or as a beefed-up side dish for your next family taco night.

Cheesy Taco Spaghetti

Cheesy Taco Spaghetti


Taco Tuesday and Spaghetti Night join forces in an easy, cheesy pasta recipe that the whole family will love! Tender spaghetti noodles tossed in a flavor-filled taco-inspired meat sauce.

American Goulash Being Mixed in a Pot with a Wooden Spoon

Easy American Goulash Recipe

An American-style version of a traditional goulash recipe, made easy and delicious with ground beef and elbow pasta tossed with tangy tomato sauce and veggies.

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Pappardelle


Another way to use ground beef that’s the definition of perfection: this amazingly flavorful ground beef ragu, simmered with red wine and spices and served over tender-cooked pappardelle pasta.

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The Best Homemade Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese is the quintessential ground beef recipe! A classic meat sauce bursting with flavor thanks to ground chuck roast, crushed tomatoes, garlic and herbs.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna


Make this meaty lasagna in your slow cooker for a tasty, filling dinner that basically cooks itself! No boiling or fussing here, just delicious and perfectly cooked homemade lasagna!

Unstuffed Shells pasta casserole with a spoon and melty cheese

Unstuffed Shells


Classic Italian stuffed shells, turned inside out! These unstuffed shells are an easy pasta casserole made with rich meat sauce and cheesy pasta. Great to make ahead!

A scoop of baked ziti on a white plate with a fork and a sprig of parsley as a garnish.

Gluten Free Baked Ziti

A gluten free version of a well-loved pasta bake, prepared with layers of marinara meat sauce, ziti pasta, and two types of cheese! Melty mozzarella and creamy ricotta make this casserole the definition of comfort food.

Asian Meatballs

Asian Meatballs (Instant Pot)

This easy Asian meatball recipe is crazy versatile and so delicious. Make these moist, tender beef meatballs for parties, serve them over rice, or just enjoy them whenever a craving hits (and it will, trust me!).

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Keto Eggroll in a Bowl (Keto Crack Slaw) Recipe


Skip the takeaway pamphlet and make this health-conscious version of a deconstructed egg roll, right at home! All the flavors and savory ingredients of Chinese takeout, piled into one bowl.

Basil Beef Stir Fry

An Asian-inspired dish that you can make in under 30 minutes, full of aromatic basil, crisp veggies and tender, juicy ground beef.

Ground Beef and Broccoli on white rice

Ground Beef and Broccoli

A quick and easy shortcut to classic beef and broccoli that doesn’t cut corners on flavor! This homemade twist on a takeout favorite is made with saucy ground beef, crisp broccoli, served over a bed of tender rice.

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Smoky Avocado Burger with Pineapple Pepper Relish

It wouldn’t be a ground beef round-up without a juicy homemade hamburger recipe! This is a fully-loaded burger recipe topped with avocado seasoned with smoky spices, plus a homemade spicy mayo and pineapple pepper relish.

Homemade Sloppy Joes


Another recipe that’s the first to come to mind when it comes to ground beef! Sloppy Joes are a childhood favorite, made with fluffy burger buns that are jam packed with saucy beef and melty cheddar. These are worth getting a little messy over!

stuffed pepper with mozzarella cheese on top

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are an easy meal or side dish that you can make with little effort, and big flavor pay-off. Sweet roasted peppers filled with a tangy combination of tomato sauce, ground beef, and hearty rice.

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Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Tuck into a bowl of this meaty beef chili recipe, slow cooked with tomatoes and chilis, hearty Pinto beans, and spicy chorizo sausage. Just as perfect for colder weather as it is for summer cookouts!

a crock bowl filled with beef chili and toppings

The Best 30 Minute Beef Chili Recipe

Take a fast track to cozy flavor with this hearty, spicy beef chili that’s ready in just 30 minutes! Loaded with vegetables, too, so you can tuck into a bowl guilt-free.

Chicken, pork, and beef stew with cornbread.

Old Fashioned Brunswick Stew


This rustic Southern stew recipe is ready to keep you all kinds of cozy! A hearty homemade stew made with three types of meat including ground beef along with tangy tomato sauce, smoky BBQ sauce, and delicious veggies.

Ground Beef and Broccoli on white rice

Ground Beef and Broccoli

A simple beef and broccoli recipe using ground beef instead of steak. Serve it over fluffy rice or even cauliflower rice. Everyone will devour this easy dinner idea.

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Italian Meatloaf Muffins

There’s classic meatloaf, and then there’s meatloaf muffins! This single-serving mini meatloaf recipe makes the most succulent, savory ground beef loaves stuffed with melty mozzarella cheese.

Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Ground Beef

An easy spin on shepherd’s pie, made with juicy ground beef and tender veggies piled with buttery mash. The whole family will love this hearty and gluten-free casserole!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Rolls

Bacon, cheeseburger… and pizza? All in one?? Excuse me while I die and go to heaven. This easy, flavor-packed pizza roll recipe is a triple threat of deliciousness, loading everyone’s fast food favorites into one wholesome homemade appetizer.

A baked beef pot pie.

Easy Beef Pot Pie Recipe


Lovers of pot pie, you’ll love this recipe for beef pot pie as a heartier spin on a creamy chicken pot pie! A stick-to-your-ribs recipe that’s so easy to make, baked in a flaky buttery pastry crust.

A slice of homemade lasagna on a plate with salad

Homemade Lasagna


Another cozy lasagna recipe with oodles of tender noodles and a beefy bolognese sauce that’s simmered on the stove for hours. Just add a simple salad a slice of crusty bread!

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