Ground beef solves problems. Not only is it relatively inexpensive, but it's also incredibly versatile. From Cincinnati chili to Greek pastitsio, ground beef is the star of some of our favorite dishes. Here are 15 ways to put it to good use come dinnertime.
Anytime we find ground beef on sale at our market or butcher, we make a batch of these meatballs to freeze for later. Because when the craving for spaghetti and meatballs strikes, only this recipe will do.
While this hearty Greek casserole is more traditionally made with ground lamb, we like it just as well with ground beef, which can be easier to find and will appeal to a wider range of tastes. Make it the next time you need a new twist on comfort food.
If you don't have access to a grill where you live, you can still make delicious, juicy burgers on your stovetop. You might not get the same smoky flavor, but that's all you'll be missing.
If you want a way to make a cheeseburger even more portable, let us introduce you to the cheeseburger hand pie. The flaky pastry shell is the perfect casing for ground beef and cheese. You just might never go back to using buns.
These simple beef-filled veggie boats are the perfect way to use up an abundance of zucchini this summer. Plus, they're a welcome change from the traditional cookout fare.
If you grew up eating meatloaf, it probably still holds a special place as comfort food. This juicy ground beef dish is the perfect make-ahead meal to keep on hand in the freezer when you just need something simple and satisfying for dinner.
There's no getting around it — this no-fuss meal is decidedly unfancy, but it's also a real crowd-pleaser. We bet everyone in your family will clean their plates and then some when this is served.
Making true bolognese sauce is no small feat. It takes a full day of cooking to really get that silky texture and rich meatiness, but if you don't want to stand over the stove all day, put your slow cooker to good use. You'll be delighted by the results come dinnertime.
If you aren't familiar with Cincinnati chili, there's no time like the present. This meaty tomato chili is served over spaghetti and is spiced with cinnamon, hot pepper, cumin, and chocolate. It might just replace your go-to chili recipe from now on.
Learning to make lasagna is one of those grown-up skills that pretty much everyone should have. The good news is that it's not as hard as you might think.
11. Shepherd's Pie
Blanketed with mashed potatoes, this ground beef and veggie casserole is perfect for winter meals. But we'll make it through the spring on those nights when there's still a chill in the air.
Chili is a very subjective dish – everyone has their spice, veggie, and bean preferences — but there are a few things that are universal. If you're still figuring out your signature chili recipe, use this tutorial as a guide to develop your own version.
Marinara sauce isn't the only red sauce that works well with meatballs: Enchilada sauce pairs with them just as well in this Mexican-inspired take on a meatball sub. It's a great way to use up leftover ingredients from enchilada night.