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Ground Beef recipes anyone?

SO I just bought a boat load of ground beef. Looks good.. fresh, simple regular gb.
I have a family of 4. (me and the little ones)

Do any of you have some ideas for ground beef that is NOT meatloaf, hamburgers,tacos or red spaghetti sauce? I have always had such good luck with recipes on this board.. would love to find something new to serve my family.

thanks in advance


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  1. Trying to think kid-friendly, not gourmet...

    Name: Beefy/Cheesy Spud Bowls
    Serves: 2

    1/2 pound ground beef
    1 onion, chopped
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1 tomato, juiced, seeded and chopped
    Tostitos Salsa Con Queso, 1/2+ cup
    1 VERY large potato or 2 small


    Bake potato
    Saute choppped onion, set aside.
    Brown meat and add onion, garlic and reheat.

    Off heat, stir in cheese sauce.

    Cut potato in half, squeeze to make a bowl. Fill with meat/cheese mixture and top with chopped tomato

    1. If your family is adventurous you might try making kibbee.

      It can be served either raw or cooked, but I would have serious reservations about serving it raw unless I ground the meat myself.


      1. See this thread for links to recipes for empanadas & Jamaican beef patties (including one posted by me). Tasty, unusual, and kid-friendly. Lots of other ideas in that thread, too.


        1. This is a pretty simple recipe that tastes better than it sounds! It's Thai ground beef. Saute chopped onions and garlic until soft, then add ground beef and brown it. Stir in curry paste to taste (take it easy here, since you have little ones!), then pour about a cup of tomato sauce in (I know, I know, but it makes the sauce and keeps it easy!). Once that has cooked down a bit, grind some lime zest over it, throw in a splash of fish sauce if you have it, and stir in about a half cup of coconut milk. Let that cook down a few more minutes.

          I know that that all sounds really crappy and odd, but it ends up with a very rich, deep flavor and great sauce.

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          1. re: katecm

            Another take on Thai ground beef: Saute garlic and some fresh chili (remove hot bits for little people) till the garlic starts to color, add ground beef and let it brown. Then turn off heat, add some fish sauce, lime juice, and cilantro. Serve with rice, or even more fun, with lettuce leaves that you can roll up.

            1. re: Kagey

              And yet another variation -- similar to Kagey's except add thai basil instead of cilantro and add some palm sugar (brown sugar as a substitute).

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Oh yes! Great idea with the basil!

            2. re: katecm

              How do you serve? Just over rice? Or is is thick enough to roll up in a tortilla (my kids will eat almost anything in a tortilla)?

            3. What do you think about the ideas from this thread?


              Many are just ideas, not recipes, but there's definitely variety in what people offered! What are the tastes of you and your family like? For example, what's something new that they loved, and what's something that wasn't such a hit (and why- taste, texture....)?

              1. Shepherd's Pie

                Brown a pound of ground beef (or turkey) with a chopped onion. Season liberally with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper and fresh cracked pepper if you have it.

                Add about 3/4-1 cup of gravy (bonus if you have leftover homemade) until mixture is moist, but not wet.

                Layer in a casserole in the following order: meat mixture, corn or peas, mashers. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with one cup Tillamook cheddar, bake ten minutes more.

                A great hearty simple meal.


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                1. re: Oh Robin

                  the cuban version - mashed potato balls stuffed with a beef filling.

                2. Hamburger stroganoff.
                  Beefsteak Bismark (surprisingly not as much like a hamburger as you might think looking at the recipe!)
                  taco salad (as a twist on tacos)
                  cornish pasties or scottish meatpies

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                  1. re: Morganna

                    Your first three just won my heart!

                  2. Picadillo - stir fried in olive oil with onions, garlic, diced potatoes, tomato, raisins, bay leaf, pepper and perhaps a touch of vinegar. Serve with fried plantains and Spanish rice.

                    Keema matar - stir fried with ginger, garlic, onions, cumin, coriander, green chili, turmeric, peas and a dash of lemon juice. Serve with basmati rice or naan.

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                    1. re: JungMann

                      JungMann, thank you for posting the recipes! I had some GB that was meant for something and abandoned; I made Keema Matar tonight and what a delight! Loved the wonderful aromas in my kitchen transporting me back to India. I first sauteed onion until soft, added chopped young garlic and thinly sliced ginger, removed after a few minutes. Put GB into a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil and fried it until dry and cooked though. Added spices - corriander, cumin and tumeric; after a couple of minutes added the onion saute; thought it was a bit dry and added cream and a bit of water. Cooked for 15 minutes or so and it is very flavourful. Will steam some rice in the morning and take it for lunch to work - yumm!:)

                    2. My mom used to regularly feed a family of 6 on a pound of ground beef. Besides all the things you mention, she made "cowboy gravy"--saute the meat and some chopped onions, then make a roux in the drippings. Add milk, stir til thick. Popular with us as kids with mashed potatoes or over bread. When my son was young, he didn't like potatoes so we served it over noodles.

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                      1. re: coney with everything

                        Yum! I still make this and serve it over rice. We call it Rice n' Gravy. Perfect hard day fast cooking comfort food, and yeah kids LOVE it.

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          We make that (w/mushrooms, cooked egg noodles stirred in) and my husband started calling it uuggh! when the kids were small. Because its so good you go uugghh! you are so full from eating so much :-) The kids are teens now and and still request ugghh. Of course when I started out I used cream of mushroom before I realized how easy a rouge was :-) M

                          1. re: just_M

                            as a variant add garlic, a little dry mustard to the saute and at the last minute stir in sour cream (or as a healthier alternative, kefir cheese or a middle eastern style yogurt) for a stroganoff.

                          2. re: coney with everything

                            I made this last night, and I liked it so much I even blogged about it. Thank you for the inspiration.

                          3. Do you like chili? I love it, but with ulcers can't eat things that are very spicy. This is how I make & serve it (based on my dad's version of my maternal grandmother's recipe):

                            1 large (2 medium) chopped onion
                            3 cloves finely diced garlic
                            1 tablespoon olive oil
                            1 tablespoon salt
                            1 tablespoon pepper

                            1 lb. ground beef

                            2 19 oz cans cannellini beans (white kidney beans)--do not drain!
                            2 15 oz cans red kidney beans--do not drain!
                            3 14 oz cans tomato soup
                            1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
                            2.5 tablespoons chili powder
                            2 teaspoons each sweet paprika and Italian herb blend (or Herbs de Provence if you have it)
                            1 teaspoon each tumeric, dried rose hips, cardamom, dried ground mustard

                            Heat the oil in the bottom of the chili pot, then add the onions and garlic. Add the salt and pepper, and cook over a medium-low heat until the onions start to carmelize. Add the ground beef and cook through. Add the tomatoes, tomato soup, beans and seasonings. Bring up to a simmer, stirring often, and cook for 2+ hours or until beans are at desired tenderness.

                            If you're making this in a slow cooker, leave out a can of soup and drain 1 can of beans.

                            I make this at least a day before I want to serve it, to let the flavors really combine together. I serve it over rice or polenta (2 quarts chicken broth at a simmer and as much cornmeal as you can stir in, cooked on the stove for 45 minutes).

                            This freezes wonderfully, though when it thaws there won't be much soup left, it'll be more like meat and beans in sauce. It's still amazing though.

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                            1. re: AislingCatriona

                              no body has mentioned hamburger stew or soup. My family can eat soup/stew 7 days
                              a week. there is so many variations because maybe one of your family might not like
                              a certain vegetable, and you can leave it out. i have a son that hates peas. so i leave
                              them out. or enchalada`s with ground beef. you can make them either green or red.

                              1. re: bigjimbray

                                Thanks for the reminder! Hobo soup - vegetable soup with ground beef and elbow pasta.

                                Mexican pizza, Mexican lasagna, enchiladas, pastitsio, cheeseburger impossible pie!

                                1. re: bigjimbray

                                  OMG - We used to make hobo soup while camping in girl scouts! What a memory.

                              2. Salisbury Steak? And I do recall a french Canadian ground beef dish that was so good, it had cloves, cinnimon and maybe nutmeg as the seasonings.

                                For fast and kid friendly, there is the "bisquick" impossible pie family of recipes.

                                make a ground beef quiche, use thin sliced potatoes as your "crust".

                                And, This was a childhood fave and it remains, "Chopped meat" (what we called ground beef in our family) and eggs. It was simply, sauted ground beef, only salt, pepper as seasonings, fat if there is any, poured off then eggs scrambled in. Now in the 50 some years I have been eating and making this, I have tried to "foodie" the heck outa it. But the bare bones recipes is the one that tastes the best. The only thing I do like to add to this, is to serve with fresh sliced tomatoes.

                                And you know, with kids, ask them! Let them imagine a recipe....

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                                1. re: Quine

                                  "And I do recall a French-Canadian dish..." - could this be pate chinois?

                                  1. re: mamachef

                                    Pate chinois translated to English is Shepherds Pie however it's ingredients have a different twist to that of a typical Shepherds Pie. Typically made with ground beef, onion, salt, pepper, creamed corn and niblet corn - mashed potato crust on bottom and top and baked to brown off. Tortierre is the French Canadien dish with nutmeg, cloves, etc. That is normally made with a mix of ground pork and beef, sometimes small amount of mashed potato to bind and a regular pie crust top and bottom.

                                    1. re: Aislyn

                                      Tourtière is not made with nutmeg, cloves and mashed potatoes at all.

                                      It is a beef+veal+pork mix, with cubed potatoes and pie crust all around. (I'm from the place where it's the most popular in Quebec, Lac-Saint-Jean)

                                2. I was also thinking of a qeema recipe like Jungmann:

                                  Qeema is from North India/Pakistan. It is spiced minced meat (could be beef or mutton)eaten with either plain boiled basmati rice or whole wheat flat bread (you could use a whole wheat tortilla or pitas). It can be accompanied with plain yoghurt or raita if you like.

                                  2.5 lbs ground beef
                                  2 tbs oil
                                  One large onion chopped
                                  1 heaping tsp finely chopped garlic
                                  1 heaping tsp finely chopped ginger
                                  1 tomato cut into small chunks
                                  1-2 green chilies (optional)
                                  1 tsp turmeric
                                  1 tsp red chili powder
                                  1 tbs coriander powder
                                  1 tbs. cumin powder
                                  1 heaping tsp garam masala powder
                                  1 heaping tsp whole cumin seeds
                                  ½ cup water
                                  Salt to taste
                                  Fresh cilantro for garnish

                                  First sautee onions in oil till transparent. Add in the whole cumin seeds while sautéing. Add in garlic/ginger allow to cook for a few moments (don’t burn). Toss in turmeric and red chili, stir for a moment and add the ground beef. Stir around until all the meat is browned and the juiced come out. Add salt, Coriander powder and cumin powder, tomatoes, and green chilies. Stir a few times. Add ½ cup water and cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and turn up heat, stirring for a few minutes to let it dry out just a bit. Add in the garam masala powder and stir again. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, and if you like it hot, another chopped green chili.

                                  You can vary this by adding in potatoes (cut into large wedges), peas, green bell peppers, or eggplants. Traditionally you would only add one type of veg., not all together. You would add the veg in at the same time as you add the powdered coriander and cumin and before you pour in the water.

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                                  1. re: luckyfatima

                                    oops i see i should have written 1.5 lbs ground beef, not 2.5 lbs! correction please.

                                  2. My husband's family favoite recipe - they called it Fried Corn

                                    Brown 1 pound ground beef and one chopped onion until you can drain some of the fat
                                    Add a 16 oz bag frozen corn and 1 chopped green pepper ( optional)
                                    Continue to cook ( med heat) until the corn starts to brown ( takes about 20 minutes)
                                    Can also be done with a large can of corn or a can of hominey

                                    1. - Find a good ground beef stuffed pepper recipe (there are plenty around) and cover with paprika gravy http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/eu...

                                      - Three words: 'chile en nogada' http://mexicanfood.about.com/od/chile...

                                      - If you have an old Sunset 'Favorite Recipes' cookbook :-), try the following recipes. If you don't, here are some links:
                                      Western Meal In One - http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1626,...
                                      More - http://divela.blogspot.com/2007/10/mo...
                                      Joes Special - http://www.cooksrecipes.com/gmeat/joe...
                                      Yummy Balls - http://thuyan.tripod.com/recipes.html

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                                      1. This pretty low-tech, but it's yummy comfort food.

                                        Brown ground beef with some chopped onion, and season as for tortiere; some garlic, and a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Easy on the clove, but salt and pepper fairly heavily.

                                        Make a batch of baking powder bisquit dough, and roll it out into a rectangle, about a foot by 10 inches or so. Spread the meat mixture on top, roll up like a jelly roll, and cut into thickish slices, at least an inch thick. Bake until done, golden and a bit brown around the edges.

                                        I always serve this with broccoli and cheese sauce, it was a popular meal when my daughter was small, and I still make it occasionally when I want something simple and yummy.

                                        Good cold, too. You could take the spicing in any direction, I guess; chili or curry would be nice. I like this for when I'm too lazy to make proper tortiere.

                                        1. They are a bit of a hassle but have you considered cabbage rolls? They are great, especially in a light tomato based sauce of some kind.

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                                          1. re: Hank Hanover

                                            An easy variation is to layer shredded cabbage with the meat filling and sauce, and braise low and slow, or bake - a true deconstruction : ) When I have time, though, I like the classic ones..

                                          2. Some my family enjoy-- homemade sloppy joes ,cheeseburger macaroni, tamale pie

                                            1. Ground Beef lettuce wraps can be fun for the kids too. Make them just like chicken lettuce wraps and let the kids have fun making their own.

                                              1. A family favourite in our house is a version of carbonnade in that it includes brown ale. Fry a chopped onion until soft, add 1lb ground beef and fry until browned. Stir in 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp tomato puree. Add some mushrooms and some parboiled new potatoes and stir in about 1/2 pt beer. cover and simmer 1/2 hour. This is simple and so tasty it's always popular - and very little washing up too!

                                                1. Hamburger Soup - making it next week so can't recommend but it does look good....


                                                  1. Beef Enchilada Stuffed Pasta Shells (use the giant shells)
                                                    Stuffed Peppers (using ground beef and rice)
                                                    Beef Stroganoff
                                                    Shepard's Pie
                                                    Beef Burritos
                                                    Swedish Meatballs
                                                    Quick Goulash
                                                    Salisbury Steak with Mac & Cheese
                                                    Sloppy Joes

                                                    I'm sure some of these have been mentioned.

                                                    Let me know if you want recipes :)

                                                    1. It's good as a pizza topping as well. Hamburger and bacon and lotsa cheese!

                                                      1. You specified no red spaghetti sauce which I take to include most meaty red sauces but I thought I'd mention that Bolognese sauce it more about the meat than the red. Simple and accessible enough for the kids to enjoy but as complex as you want it for the adults. Also, it makes the house smell great while it cooks.

                                                        1. everyone realizes this thread in from 2007?

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                                                          1. re: daislander

                                                            So? I enjoy old threads getting revived. I usually look through the thread and find out something I didn't know or a new recipe I'd like to try. It's better than reinventing the wheel. :)

                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                              I like them too. are can still be relevant for people looking for what to do with lots of g.b. but last poster was asking talking to op like they were still wanting recipes not red sauce. more pointing it out for them.

                                                              1. re: daislander

                                                                Doh! No, I did not see that. Thank you.

                                                                Happily, it appears that Coconutgoddess checks in once a month or so, so perhaps the new comments will still be helpful.