Budget-Friendly Recipes For Ground Beef

Save money on food with hamburger and ground beef recipes that won’t shred your food budget. These top-rated recipes were taste-tested and overwhelmingly approved by the Allrecipes community.

Sloppy Joes II

Sloppy Joes II

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Submitted By: Tamara

“This is the recipe my mother used for Sloppy Joes, and it always gets compliments!”

Rave Review: “I browned the ground beef, onion, and green pepper. I then put the remaining ingredients into a slow cooker and cooked on low for about 3-4 hours. This recipe was really simple & delicious.”–Brandy Berner

 

Porcupines

Porcupines

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Submitted By: Tara

“These are great to make ahead of time and then freeze. We freeze them with mashed potatoes and corn as part of a homemade TV dinner.”

Rave Review: “My husband loves this dish and so do the kids! So tasty! These are also good served with warm bread for a hearty fulfilling meal. I did substitute onion powder for the chopped onion (picky kids) and it turned out perfectly.”–TERRIS911

 

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

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Submitted By: BDEGER
“Green peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice and topped with a seasoned tomato sauce.”

Rave Review: “Loved the recipe but the green peppers need to be blanched before being put into the oven. Put green peppers into boiling water for 1-2 minutes then quickly put in ice water. Then proceed with recipe as is. Green pepper has a much better consistency this way.”–mominpa

 

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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Submitted By: Janeen Barlow

“This is a quick, throw together slow cooker soup with a Mexican flair. Teenagers love it. Serve topped with corn chips, shredded Cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Make sure you adjust the amount of chile peppers if you’re sensitive about spicy foods.”

Rave Review: I will definitely be making this again! My husband loved it and was craving more the next day. We ate it a spoonful of sour cream and cheese on top, with tortilla chips of course. It’s also very good with rolls. Makes great leftovers!
Lesli

 

Easy Mexican Casserole

Easy Mexican Casserole

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Submitted By: ANDREALF63

“This is an easy and very tasty dish. I often substitute ground turkey and low fat dairy products and it is still delicious! Serve with chips, salsa, and green salad.”

Rave Review: “Very easy to prep with ingredients I usually have on hand. Next time I think I may use plain yogurt instead of sour cream and mix it with a little taco seasoning to up the flavor and ease up the calories a little. You could totally add a can of corn or another thing of beans as well and it would be delicious. Thanks for a keeper!”–Jaime

 

Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili

Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili

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Submitted By: Deb

“This is the tastiest, easiest chili recipe you’ll ever find. I recommend serving it with sliced jalapeno chile peppers and crackers or cornbread.”

Rave Review: “Even my 7-year-old ate this! I coupled it with the “Absolute Mexican Cornbread” and, needless to say, it was a keeper. I followed the recipe only substituting the dark red kidney beans for pinto beans and added a little bit of fresh jalapenos…other than that it really doesn’t need any tweaking!”–Christine

 

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Brown Sugar Meatloaf

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Submitted By: tangastar

“This is an easy tasty meatloaf. It tastes as good as it smells!”

Rave Review: “This recipe was fabulous!!!! Instead of spreading the ketchup and brown sugar on the bottom of the pan I mixed them together and used it as a glaze on top of the loaf and it came out beautifully. I won’t be using any other meatloaf recipe again!”–Aimee

 

Shepherd’s Pie VI

Shepherd's Pie VI

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Submitted By: Jacquie

“This Shepherd’s Pie is a layered casserole of beef, carrots, and potato.”

Rave Review: “This is a fantastic Shepherd’s Pie recipe! I made it the first time exactly as written, and the second time I substituted ground turkey for the beef and added a can of creamed corn and some cooked peas over the carrot layer, just to get some extra vegetables in. My husband and I liked it even more with the turkey. Fabulous, quick, and nutritious comfort food!!!”–Karalyn