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Warm Weather Ground Beef Recipes

I'm not a huge ground beef fan, but I'm found myself with a ton after a cook out. It's suuuuper hot here, and other than burgers (which, after the cookout, I am a little sick of), almost all of the ground beef recipes that I know are really cold weather dishes, like spagetti and meat sauce or hamburger "stroganoff."

I made a really satisfying asian noodles bowl with some of the beef and some vegetables and egg and chili, but I can't think of anything else. Let me know if you have ideas.

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  1. It's another Asian recipe but my missus made this fish fragrant aubergine with pork recipe. It was very good and don't see why you couldn't swap the beef for the pork.


    1. Tacos and burritos. Doesn't take too long stove top and the toppings can be cool and refreshing-chopped tomatoes, avocado, sour cream.

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      1. re: foodieX2

        A favorite summer meal around here. Especially since most of the meal can be done in advance.

        I like to serve the beef mixture with cilantro/lime/scallion rice, shredded cabbage slaw, guacamole, tomatoes, beans

      2. Saute ground beef with onion and garlic, S&P. Freeze this in useable amounts as the starting point for future pasta sauce, chili, tacos, stir-fries, soup, etc. It's simple but tasty as is, over noodles or mashed potato.

        1. One of my favorite summer uses for ground beef is to simply brown it with some spices and onion and serve it atop rotini dressed with a sauce of yogurt mixed with mashed garlic, salt and chopped dill. Everything is gilded with brown butter and Aleppo pepper as well as sumac to taste. It takes maybe 15 minutes to make.

          Also in my rotation are taco salad, beef larb, picadillo and qeema.

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          1. re: JungMann

            Yes to taco salad. Make a deluxe version and enjoy.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Picadillo- this is how I make it:

              Saute 1 lb. of ground beef or ground bison, and some onions and garlic

              Add these ingredients and cover and simmer for 20 or more minutes:

              diced bell pepper
              sliced green olives (spanish)
              8 oz tomato sauce
              little bit of water
              one diced potato (optional)
              black pepper
              dash of olive oil

              serve with rice

              1. Three or Four Bean Casserole (what some call "Cowboy Beans") is good, although it only uses a half pound of ground beef for a huge batch. My version / recipe got posted on another thread here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9059...

                1. Joe's Specials. There are probably a million versions out there but all boil down to ground beef, spinich and Italian seasonings with an egg or two to bind it. Serve them up in pita pockets.

                  1. I don't know if this is entirely "summer friendly", but it's one I've been wanting to try... no using the oven at least. http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2008/03/...

                    1. I used ground beef to make curried beef pitas last night. We enjoyed them. I will make them again. I used this recipe:


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                      1. re: Tara57

                        That reminds me that I've been meaning to see if I can make Lebanese style panini in my Foreman. Looks like a task for this week.

                      2. Taco salad over tortilla chips.

                        1. Loose meat sandwiches.

                          1. Every so often I make my koobideh kebabs with beef rather then lamb. They're delicious. Grill some onions, and Roma tomatoes while you're at it since the grill is already on. Mast 'o khiar is the yogurt accompaniment.

                            1. Ain't nothin' wrong with cold meatloaf sandwiches!

                                1. I love spicy foods all year round but particularly in the summer (they say the overall effect is to cool you down right?). My favorite quick spicy ground meat recipe is sauteed the meat with onions and garlic, dash of Worcestershire sauce, and douse with hot sauce. Any hot sauce will do but we prefer Frank's in this dish and then top with blue cheese. I often add mushrooms as well to amp up the volume. Many nights I will just saute the ground meat and add whatever sauce I'm in the mood for - BBQ sauce, spicy mustard, etc. It's quick, easy and there's a lot of variety.