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15 Deliciously Different Things to Do with 1 Pound of Ground Beef

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.

1. Ground Beef and Cabbage

This simple, homey dish combines cabbage and ground beef cooked with tomatoes and simple seasonings.

Ground Beef and Cabbage

Photo by Laguna Lala

2. Asian Lettuce Wraps

"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

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Photo by Chef'd

3. Chef John's Stuffed Peppers

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.

Chef John's Stuffed Peppers

Photo by Chef John

4. Mini Meatloaves

Individual meatloaves are made with ground beef, cheese, and quick-cooking oats and topped with a tangy tomatoey glaze.

Mini Meatloaves

Photo by KGora

5. Ground Beef with Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

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.

Ground Beef with Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Photo by Rock_lobster

6. Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

Another straight-up American classic -- spaghetti in a rich tomato and meat sauce. It's easy, too; the prep work takes just 15 minutes.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Photo by Meredith

7. Easy Chili I

A spicy ground beef and bean chili with fresh jalapenos that's quick and easy to make.

Ground beef chili with kidney beans

Photo by Meredith

8. Simple Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff in a snap. Ground beef and condensed cream of mushroom soup make the prep work easy.

 

9. Cabbage Rolls II

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.

Cabbage Rolls II

Photo by lutzflcat

10. Sloppy Joes II

This easy sloppy joe mixture combines ground beef, onions, and green bell pepper with simple, flavorful seasonings.

Sloppy Joes II

Photo by Dianne

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.

Baked Ziti I

Photo by CookinMama

12. Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

"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

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Photo by lutzflcat

13. Slow Cooker Taco Soup

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.

 

14. Grandma's Ground Beef Casserole

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.

Grandma's Ground Beef Casserole

Photo by MauiGirl

15. The Perfect Basic Burger

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.

The Perfect Basic Burger

Photo by sanzoe

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