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Warm Weather Ground Beef Recipes

luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 01:12 PM

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. Paprikaboy RE: luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 01:18 PM

    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. foodieX2 RE: luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 01:18 PM

      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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        cheesecake17 RE: foodieX2 Jul 8, 2013 12:37 PM

        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. greygarious RE: luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 01:24 PM

        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. JungMann RE: luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 07:40 PM

          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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            sueatmo RE: JungMann Jul 7, 2013 08:33 PM

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

          2. ipsedixit RE: luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 07:44 PM

            Sloppy Joes

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              SteveRB RE: ipsedixit Jul 7, 2013 09:51 PM

              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

            2. trolley RE: luciaannek Jul 7, 2013 10:03 PM

              beef larb

              1. MidwesternerTT RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 06:39 AM

                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...

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                  mike0989 RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 08:34 AM

                  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. juliejulez RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 09:17 AM

                    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/...

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                      Tara57 RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 10:01 AM

                      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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                        JungMann RE: Tara57 Jul 8, 2013 10:24 AM

                        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. Antilope RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 10:02 AM

                        Taco salad over tortilla chips.

                        1. John E. RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 10:28 AM

                          Loose meat sandwiches.

                          1. letsindulge RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 12:05 PM

                            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. Mild Bill RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 12:42 PM

                              Ain't nothin' wrong with cold meatloaf sandwiches!

                              1. NanaMoussecurry RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 01:18 PM


                                1. fldhkybnva RE: luciaannek Jul 8, 2013 04:00 PM

                                  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.

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