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Ok so maybe not 101 things – although I’m sure there probably are that many different recipes out there, each with their own unique twist and variations!
Ground beef is one of the the most versatile things to cook with and we’ve compiled some of our top low-cost, family-friendly ones for you here:
Burgers are the simplest option. I like to add in different spices and use a beaten egg or two in the raw mixture, which holds the patty together well. If you like cheeses, a different way to add it into a burger is to stuff the patty with it. Swiss cheese stuffed burgers with crispy onions and steak sauce is another great option. I also like to smash up flavoured croutons for a bit of added texture and flavour – be adventurous!
Vegetables stuffed with ground beef is an excellent way to bring together the different components of a full meal. Peppers are great because of their shape and size, and since there are so many different kinds that all exhibit different flavors, you can get very creative! A classic dish is stuffing whole green pepper with a rice and ground beef mixture, topped with a tomato sauce and baked in the oven. Other vegetables that can be hollowed out and retain its shape can be used, like mushrooms or even zucchini boats. Again, use your imagination and try something new!
Another delicious idea for a ground beef recipe is chili. This takes up a little more preparation and cooking time, as chili is always better the longer it simmers. You could use a large chili pot or even better, prep in the morning and the chili will be ready in the crock pot after having been cooking all day. Beef always makes a chili heartier and more savory, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be thick and chunky.
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Here’s a few more ideas to add to your dinnertime routine…
Potato Topped Bowl: Made with a package of frozen mixed vegetables, shredded Cheddar, fresh Italian parsley, salt, black pepper, mashed potato flakes and melted butter.
Filled Biscuits: Made with green and red peppers (finely chopped), barbecue sauce, a can of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, 2% milk and finely shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese.
Lean & Spicy Taco Meat: A combination of lean ground beef and ultra-lean ground turkey breast makes a less-greasy filling. Bypass taco-seasoning packets in favor of making your own full-flavored filling
Lasagna Rolls: Made with lasagna noodles, spaghetti sauce, fennel seed (optional) and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese.
Hamburger Buddy: Made with crushed garlic, carrots, white mushrooms, onion, dried thyme, salt, pepper, water, reduced-sodium broth, whole-wheat elbow noodles, Worcestershire sauce, all-purpose flour, reduced-fat sour cream and chopped fresh parsley or chives (for garnish).
Old-Fashioned Meatloaf: Ingredients include quick-cooking oats, canned diced tomatoes (without juice), a lightly beaten egg, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, black pepper, salt.
Sweet & Sour Meatballs: Serves 4 to 6, made with quick oats, slightly beaten eggs, finely chopped onion, milk, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Sweet & Sour ingredients: brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce.
Taco Skillet: Made with condensed tomato soup, picante sauce, water, flour tortillas and shredded Cheddar.
Salisbury Steak With Mushroom Gravy: Made with chopped onion, saltine cracker crumbs, egg white (slightly beaten), milk, prepared horseradish, salt, pepper, brown gravy (jar), sliced mushrooms and water.
Salsa Skillet: Ingredients include water, chunky salsa, macaroni & cheese dinner, frozen corn, milk, shredded four cheese and chopped green onion.
Homemade Hamburger Helper: Made with hot water, milk, elbow macaroni, corn starch, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, sugar, paprika and shredded Cheddar cheese.
Many of us have a favorite, tried-and-true casserole in our back pocket but there’s always room for more! Here’s a bunch you can try, some quick ‘n easy, some cheesy, while others are tweaked so they’re a little less fat and a little more healthy…each promises to please. Enjoy!
Spanish Noodles: Budget-friendly at just 87 cents per serving, ingredients include chopped green pepper, onion, medium egg noodles, diced tomatoes (canned, undrained), water, chili sauce, salt, pepper and bacon.
Casserole: Made with egg noodles, diced celery, onion, tomato soup, cream of chicken condensed soup, cream of mushroom soup.
Mexican Rice: Ingredients include white rice, olive oil, diced sweet yellow onion, minced garlic, paprika, chili powder, dried cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, black beans (can, drained & rinsed), tomato sauce, fresh cilantro, shredded Cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa and guacamole (for topping).
Stroganoff: Made with chopped onion, mushroom gravy mix, water, sliced mushrooms (jar, drained), sour cream, Bisquick, milk, egg and a small bell pepper cut into rings.
Crafty Crescent Lasagna: Made with bulk pork sausage, lean ground beef, chopped onions, dried parsley flakes, dried basil leaves, dried oregano leaves, finely chopped garlic, a dash of pepper, tomato paste, grated Parmesan, small-curd cottage cheese, an egg, cans of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, mozzarella cheese, milk, and sesame seeds.
With Baked Beans: Ingredients include chopped onion, cans of baked beans, fresh tomatoes, light brown sugar, bacon and seasonings.
Zesty Italian Crescent Top Crust: Ingredients include chopped onion, tomato pasta sauce, shredded mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, can of Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls, grated Parmesan cheese.
Creamy With Noodles: Ingredients include scallions, bulgur, minced garlic, tomato sauce whole-wheat egg noodles, low-fat cottage cheese, reduced-fat sour cream and shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese.
Layered Fiesta Style: Ingredients include green and red peppers, salsa, canned diced tomatoes, frozen corn, corn tortillas and sharp cheddar cheese.
Shipwreck: Ingredients include frozen tater tots, diced onion, frozen sliced carrots and canned tomato soup.
Mile High Salsa Pie: Made with Old El Paso Soft Taco Bake dinner kit, can kidney beans, jar of salsa and Monterey Jack cheese.
Cheddar & Potato Pie: Made with ground beef or turkey, carrots, onion, celery, garlic cloves, baking potato, dark beer, sharp cheddar cheese and frozen puff pastry.
Enchilada: Ingredients include taco seasoning, can refried beans, hard corn taco shells, can tomato soup, can cream of mushroom soup, can red enchilada sauce and Mexican blend cheese.
With Chili & Corn Chips: Made with tomato sauce, can chili con carne, fritos, chopped jalapeno, and grated cheddar cheese.
Taco Pie: No taco shells are needed for enjoying the great taco flavor of this easy main-dish pie. Ingredients include chopped onion, taco seasoning mix, chopped green chiles (canned, drained), milk, eggs, Bisquick mix, shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar, salsa and sour cream (if desired).
Swedish Meatball Casserole: Uses frozen precooked meatballs to speed up prep time, ingredients include uncooked egg noodles, water, dried gravy mix, sour cream, nutmeg, fresh parsley (chopped) and mushrooms (jar, drained).
Mexicali: Covered with corn bread for a bake that’s homey and quick. Ingredients include Mexican-style diced tomatoes, frozen whole kernel corn (thawed), finely shredded Mexican cheese blend, all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, beaten egg, milk, cooking oil and a fresh tomato toss.
With Biscuits: Promises to be both family and budget pleasing, ingredients include chopped celery, onion, all-purpose flour, salt, dried oregano, pepper, tomato sauce, frozen peas, refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, shredded cheddar.
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