22 Ground Beef Recipes Your Family Will Request Again and Again

One-Pot Spaghetti
Photo: Blaine Moats

These family-pleasing recipes with ground beef are satisfying and delicious. Both new and traditional, we have recipe ideas ready to change up your dinner plans. When you need a quick casserole made with pantry staples or a new take on classic comfort food (we're looking at you, meat loaf), we've got you covered with a filling recipe to serve tonight.

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Saucy Meatball Sandwich

Saucy Meatball Sandwich
Andy Lyons

Our fully loaded hoagie recipe with ground beef, garlic, and two jars of pasta sauce rivals anything from your corner deli. Simmer in a slow cooker, pile onto thick buns, and dig in. You're going to need more napkins to tackle this ground beef sandwich.

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Stacked Sweet Corn, Bean, and Beef Casserole

Stacked Sweet Corn, Bean, and Beef Casserole
Andy Lyons

Layers of peppery chorizo bulk up the ground beef filling and give it an extra kick in this Mexican ground beef recipe. It also includes a few other favorite ingredients from south-of-the-border cooking, like fresh corn, pinto beans, and zesty green salsa.

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Pasta and Meatballs Meat Loaf

Pasta and Meatballs Meat Loaf
Andy Lyons

Can't decide between meat loaf and Italian for dinner tonight? Make both! This ground beef recipe features homemade garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs for an irresistible topper. Serve on top of ciabatta or hoagie rolls for open-face sandwiches. The combo of meat loaf and carbs makes the ultimate comfort food.

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Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce
Matthew Clark and Hannah Bigot

Do you prefer sausage or ground beef in your spaghetti sauce? Either works marvelously in this Bolognese recipe. A variety of fresh Italian herbs, a splash of wine, and a hint of cream make this recipe stand out from every other spaghetti sauce with ground beef.

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Sesame-Garlic Beef Tacos

Sesame-Garlic Beef Tacos
Blaine Moats

Turn beef tacos into one of the best ground beef recipes ever by adding some Asian zing with soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar. Finish it with a quick pickled-cucumber slaw, and bite into your new favorite weeknight meal idea. Break out this ground beef taco recipe whenever you need a change from your usual routine or want to change up taco night with Asian-inspired flavors.

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Pressure Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese
Jason Donnelly

Classic comfort foods combine in this Southwestern-style update to an easy ground beef recipe. Instead of block cheese, we're using jarred salsa con queso and a shredded Mexican cheese blend to pair with the warm chili seasonings. Bonus: It only takes 15 minutes to cook in your electric pressure cooker!

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Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage Roll Soup
Carson Downing

If you love eating those little beef- and rice-stuffed bundles of cabbage but don't feel like taking the time to roll them, get all the same flavors in this soup. The ground beef, tomatoes, and brown rice combine for a comforting bowl of soup perfect for a cold night inside.

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Beef and Black Bean Chili

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Beans and ground beef are the stuff the best chilis are made of, but we didn't stop there. The secret ingredient in this hearty option? Cocoa powder. The bittersweet powder gives deep flavor to this ground beef chili recipe.

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Hamburger Pie

Hamburger Pie
Marty Baldwin

Popular with our Better Homes & Gardens readers since the 1940s, this tried-and-true casserole recipe is perfect for potlucks or a family dinner. Ground beef and veggies are topped with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese before going in the oven.

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Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout

Polenta with Ground Beef Ragout
Blaine Moats

Slow-simmered beef is the key to this protein-rich ragout recipe, and gives you more time to go about your day while the flavors develop. Using purchased polenta allows for shortened hands-on time, though you can definitely make your own if you keep cornmeal stocked.

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One-Pot Spaghetti

One-Pot Spaghetti
Blaine Moats

That's right, just one pot! For a hassle-free dinner tonight, try this easy spaghetti recipe with ground beef and mushrooms. Rather than tossing together the noodles and sauce at the end, your spaghetti cooks right in the ground beef sauce so you can skip the step of cooking and draining the pasta.

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Deep-Dish Cheeseburger Pizza Casserole

Deep-Dish Cheeseburger Pizza Casserole
Jacob Fox

Food mash-ups of our favorite American eats? Yes, please! This deep dish casserole is filled with ground beef, sausage, pizza sauce, and all the best burger fixings. If you're a meal planner, this is a freezer-friendly recipe to save for later.

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Inside-Out Spaghetti Pie

Inside-Out Spaghetti Pie
Andy Lyons

Classic spaghetti and meatballs are getting a whole new look. Instead of mixing meatballs in with your noodles, this ground beef recipe turns them into a meaty "crust." Then you fill the insides with plenty of spaghetti, tomato sauce, and ooey-gooey cheese.

Buy It: Cuisinart Deep Dish Pie Pan, $10.99, Macy's

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Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole

Bean and Beef Enchilada Casserole
Blaine Moats

When you're in the mood for Mexican food, start with this delicious casserole recipe with ground beef. Use the make-ahead directions to prep this ground beef casserole up to 24 hours in advance, then just pop it in the oven when you're ready for dinner.

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Mini-Meatball Pizza

Mini-Meatball Pizza
Blaine Moats

Step aside sausage and pepperoni, this ground beef pizza is giving traditional pizza recipes a new look. Nothing beats a homemade pizza done right, and this one has made-from-scratch crust and meatballs. Add garlic and Romano cheese to your ground beef to make them even more irresistible.

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Mexicali Hamburger Casserole

Mexicali Hamburger Casserole
Andy Lyons

Pantry ingredients such as bottled salsa and canned corn make this an easy casserole recipe to prepare on even the busiest weeknight. A cornbread topper adds a homey touch. In about an hour, this ground beef casserole is ready to satisfy all the rumbling stomachs at your table.

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Moussaka

Moussaka
Blaine Moats

This Middle Eastern main dish just might become your new favorite comfort food. Traditionally made with ground lamb, substitute ground beef for an equally delicious result. The homemade cheesy cream sauce (with a hint of cinnamon) really makes this dish unforgettable.

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Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna cooling on wire rack
Jacob Fox

Lasagna is a classic recipe loved by many, but hard to get on the table in a timely manner. But if you have 30 minutes, you have enough time to get make this easy lasagna recipe from start-to-finish. Use lean ground beef and light sauce to make this a healthy one-dish dinner.

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All-American Cheeseburger Soup

All-American Cheeseburger Soup
Andy Lyons

Thick, melty cheese makes this more of a ground beef stew than soup, and it's packed with all the classic burger fixings: pickles, ketchup, and mustard, as well as a side of roasted potato wedges. This ground beef soup recipe tastes so much like a burger that you'll be surprised that you need a spoon.

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Baked Beef Ravioli

Baked Beef Ravioli
Blaine Moats

Italian comfort food at its finest, our delicious meaty casserole recipe features cheese-filled ravioli topped with both mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Even better, this easy ground beef recipe comes together in only 40 minutes.

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Rolled Lasagna Florentine

Rolled Lasagna Florentine
Karla Conrad

Cheesy spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed pasta rolls turn into a truly special weeknight recipe with ground beef and tomato toppers, plus a handful of melted Parmesan. Serving this ground beef lasagna recipe in rolls instead of layers makes it feel like a special-occasion meal (without much extra prep).

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Pizza-Topped Meat Loaf

Pizza-Topped Meat Loaf
Hannah Bigot

Why top a pizza with ground beef when you can make a pizza out of ground beef? Rather than a traditional pizza crust, we flattened a meat loaf to create the base for this pizza recipe. Once you top this fun ground beef recipe with fresh tomato slices, mozzarella, and basil, each slice looks like a thick piece of pizza (with a lot less carbs!).

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