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simple, plain ground beef recipe wanted

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I'm pregnant and my tastes have gotten very very plain. This is new for me - I usually only want to eat spicy ethnic food! I'm wanting to make something with ground beef and maybe beans or noodles. Maybe in a crock pot but I'm open to suggestions.

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  1. Sounds like you are looking for a recipe for "hobo stew."

    1 lb. ground beef
    1 onion, chopped
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can stewed tomatoes
    1 can creamed corn.

    Brown ground beef and onions. Drain fat. Add canned goods and simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Basic, plain and simple, but pretty tasty. This was a standby recipe that my mom made for us when we were growing up.

    The other one you could do is a Joe's Special:

    1 lb. ground beef
    1 onion chopped
    1 package frozen spinach
    4 or so eggs

    Brown ground beef and onions; drain. Add 1 package frozen, defrosted spinach, and scramble mixture with several eggs. Season with salt and pepper.

    1. A good variant on DanaB's hobo stew is our taco stew, the easiest comfort-food supper I know, but it is a little spicy so you may not feel like eating it now. Save this recipe for a couple of years, until the day when you are exhausted from chasing your toddler around the house and you need to fix something simple:

      1 lb. ground beef
      1 chopped onion
      1 package taco seasoning (or use a heavy hand with the chili powder, cumin, and oregano)
      1 can hot chili beans
      1 can Ro-tel
      1 can condensed tomato soup
      1 can kernel corn, drained (optional--I like it this way but my husband doesn't)

      Brown the ground beef and onion together; drain fat and stir in the taco seasoning. Add all other ingredients and simmer until blended. Serve in bowls over Fritos or tortilla chips, with grated cheese on top. Sometimes I make cornbread to go with it.

      1. My mom used to make something she called poor mans stoganoff. It was ground beef some onion and mushrooms and a little tub of sourcream with some dried dill addded at the end. She served with egg noodles.

        1. I have the recipe for the Hamburger Stroganoff. It goes back many years, but my family still asks for it every once in a while. They loved it when they were kids.

          1/2 cup onion
          1/4 cup butter
          1 lb hamburger
          1 minced clove garlic
          2 Tbsp flour
          1 tsp salt
          1/4 tsp pepper
          1/4 tsp paprika
          1 lb sliced mushrooms
          1 can Cream of Chicken soup
          1 cup sour cream

          Saute onions in butter until golden. Stir in beef and brown. Add the next six items and saute for 5 minutes. (This part of the recipe can be done ahead and reheated) Add the soup and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir in sour cream and heat 2 minutes.

          I served this over rice, but noodles would work fine.

          1. How about a big pot of hearty soup? A little tomato and you'd have a pseudo pasta e fagioli. Easy to do in a crock pot, too.

            1. OK, this is a little tacky but was a big favorite with my dad and me when I was little (he still loves it). We call it "hamburger and rice sh*&." You could probably figure out a way to replicate the dreaded Campbell's cream of mushroom soup with more natural ingredients:
              1 c. rice, cooked
              1 lb. ground beef, browned with s and p
              1 can cream of mushroom soup (you can thin with a little milk if the casserole seems too thick)
              go crazy and add some peas

              I think a patty melt could also be good-- sauteed onions, pan-fried hamburger, American cheese, bread all made into a sandwich and cooked in a pan like a grilled cheese.

              combine in a casserole; top with cracker crumbs or potato chip crumbs and bake at 350 for about 40 min

              1. How about hamburger stew. Just like beef stew only brown the ground round and add onions and rest of veggies. I use boxed broth, Pacific is a good brand. Make it as thick or soupy as you want.

                1. My grandfather used to cook an asian-style "beefaroni" with chopped onions, ground beef, macaroni, oyster sauce and a bit of sesame oil.

                  1. meatballs and spaghetti, shepherd's pie, sloppy joes. second the special joe's req. a nice burger with walla wall onions. or I just mix onion and pepper into patties and eat bunless.