Arm yourself with a pound of ground beef and a skillet, and your dinner possibilities become quite extraordinary. Using ground beef is a smart way to work a meaty dinner in the meal plan without totally throwing off your weekly food budget. And when you toss in some pantry staples and veggies, it's easy to stretch that beef into dinner for the whole table.
Here are 10 skillet dinners with ground beef to add to your meal plan.
Cross an iconic beefy, cheesy sandwich with a pasta skillet and you've got a family-friendly dinner the whole table will devour. Here, a pound of ground beef takes the place of shaved beef.
This grown-up play on Hamburger Helper starts with a pound of ground beef, then pulls in a slew of pantry ingredients for a weeknight dinner you're going to want to keep on regular rotation.
This isn't your traditional beef and broccoli, but I guarantee you're going to love it all the same. Partnered with fried rice and broccoli, just a half pound of ground beef is cooked until crispy and stretched to feed the whole table.
This is quite possibly my favorite ground beef recipe of all time. This salad is all about the dressing. The recipe calls for romaine, but go ahead and use any kind of greens you have on hand.
This takeout-inspired favorite swaps the sliced beef for quicker-cooking, budget-friendly ground beef. Let the meat sit at room temp while you prep all the ingredients.
Use the time while the beef is browning in the skillet to pull together the remaining ingredients, and dinner will hit the table in about 20 minutes.
Anytime you want to turn that package of ground beef into a totally comforting and easy dinner, this is the recipe you want to keep on standby.
8. Sloppy Joes
When you want to go beyond the sandwich bun, serve up this saucy, nostalgic classic spooned over a baked potato, a bowl of pasta, or even some greens.
Cook the beef with some aromatics and a splash of ale, then slide it in the oven with a piece of frozen puff pastry, and you've got a budget-friendly dinner that feels kinda fancy.
No grill, no problem! Get out your cast iron skillet and you'll be biting into a juicy burger in no time.