It always pays to keep a pound of ground beef on hand. Such a versatile ingredient, ground beef is your budget-friendly bestie, ready to help out with quick-and-easy meals.
To make dinner-planning easy, we've rounded up a few favorite ground beef recipes. There's so much variety here, you'll never get tired of the same ol' thing.
Delicious Meals to Make with 1 Pound of Ground Beef
This simple, homey dish combines cabbage and ground beef cooked with tomatoes and simple seasonings.
"Delicious and bursting with flavor, Asian lettuce wraps are a great idea for entertaining or a family style meal. Spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito and enjoy!" -- Rachel Castro
A classic, comforting hot dish. You'll stuff a mixture of seasoned ground beef, rice, and tomatoes into tender sweet peppers -- any color you like -- then cook in a rich marinara and beef broth sauce.
Individual meatloaves are made with ground beef, cheese, and quick-cooking oats and topped with a tangy tomatoey glaze.
It's easy to whip up your own homemade taco seasoning mix. Combine the spices and herbs with ground beef and dinner's ready in less than 30 minutes.
Another straight-up American classic -- spaghetti in a rich tomato and meat sauce. It's easy, too; the prep work takes just 15 minutes.
7. Easy Chili I
A spicy ground beef and bean chili with fresh jalapenos that's quick and easy to make.
Beef stroganoff in a snap. Ground beef and condensed cream of mushroom soup make the prep work easy.
Cabbage rolls you make in the slow cooker. Stuff the cabbage leaves with a tasty mixture of ground beef, onions, and rice, then cover everything with a sweet, tangy tomato sauce mixture.
10. Sloppy Joes II
This easy sloppy joe mixture combines ground beef, onions, and green bell pepper with simple, flavorful seasonings.
11. Baked Ziti I
Always a family favorite, this baked ziti recipe makes things easy on you. The recipe calls for sliced provolone, along with shredded Mozz, and jarred spaghetti sauce.
"An easy-to-make classic featuring tasty hamburger 'steaks' smothered in gravy and onions. A great way to dress up a pound of ground beef, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand!" -- Anne Marie Sweden
You make this Mexican-inspired ground-beef soup in the slow cooker. It's the perfect recipe for busy weeknight meals. Just combine seasoned ground beef with canned beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chilies.
This quick, creamy ground beef casserole combines sour cream and cream cheese with sharp Cheddar and tomato sauce. It's a very forgiving recipe that takes well to tweaks and modifications.
And, of course, we couldn't leave out the weeknight burger. Simply combine ground beef with a very basic bread crumb mixture. "Pile these burgers with your favorite condiments, pop open a cool drink and enjoy," says Lindsay Perejma.