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Quick and Easy Dinners That Start with a Package of Ground Beef

We’ve all been there: the mid-week, mid-work, mid-busy moment when you realize you have no plan for dinner. The panic is real. Fortunately, if you’ve got a package of ground beef on hand, the possibilities go on and on … and on. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways that freezer-friendly ground beef can help jump-start mealtime. The best part: Pretty much all of these recipes are kid-approved! Ready? Here are 25 of our favorite easy ground beef dinners. 

Cheeseburger Pizza

Burger night? Pizza night? You can have both at once with this family-favorite mashup of a cheeseburger (with all the fixings!) served on a pizza. Fun fact: This recipe recently went viral among parents at a New York City school. 

Chili Relleno Casserole

Restaurant-style chili rellenos gets a 5-ingredient makeover in this easy baked casserole. Mild poblano peppers and cheddar cheese baked in a savory crust come together with just 15 minutes of prep, thanks to the help of boxed baking mix.


 Salsa Verde Beef Enchiladas

These weeknight-easy green beef enchiladas don’t skimp on flavor. The key is getting some help from the store (a jar of salsa verde!) and cranking up the flavor with fresh cilantro, jalapenos, and smoky cumin. 

Beef ‘n Bean Chili

This easy chili recipe has just fie ingredients, and it only takes half an hour to make. For an even bolder flavor, you can also simmer it in a slow cooker.

Grilled French Onion Burger

This umami-rich burger takes its cues from French onion soup. Caramelized onions and dry soup mix deliver a double dose of onion flavor to grilled beef patties topped with melted Swiss.

Lasagna Soup

This spoon-ready take on lasagna is faster and lighter than the original, but every bit as satisfying. The traditional combo of ruffly noodles, tomato sauce, and two kinds of cheese gets an extra dose of flavor from jarred pesto.

One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat and Mushroom Ragu

Speed up spaghetti night—and the cleanup afterward—with this one-pot pasta and meaty ragu. Earthy baby bella mushrooms sautéed with garlic and ground beef create a hearty, chunky tomato sauce that cooks with the noodles.

Beef Kabobs with Yogurt Dip

Dinner! On a stick! Even the pickiest eater might be willing to give these a try. There’s even a dip to add to the excitement.

Spiced Chickpeas and Beef Over Couscous

Add some North African inspiration to your weekday dinner routine with these one-of-a-kind beef and couscous bowls. The bold flavors of cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, and paprika add a warm, savory spice to ground beef sauteed with chickpeas. Serve the mixture over fluffy couscous. 

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Make these meatballs in the slow-cooker for that simmered-all-day taste with a fraction of the effort! Serve them on a roll or over pasta with an extra shaving of cheese.

Mini Shepherd’s Pies

This fresh take on a classic Shepherd’s Pie gets its twist from a standard cupcake pan. Make it your own by adding diced, seasonal veggies to the mix.

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