Easy meals using ground beef include chili, pasta with meat sauce, sloppy joes, tacos and shepherd's or cottage pie. Easily adjust basic recipes to add extra spice or make low-fat versions.
Chili is a spicy dish that is fast and easy to prepare. Make it on the stove or in a slow cooker to have dinner ready after work. It uses beef as its base, mixed with beans, onions and spices.
Many pasta dishes include meat sauces. Spaghetti and meat sauce is a popular dish that takes minutes to prepare. Simply mix ground beef with tomato sauce and serve it over pasta.
The sauce for sloppy joes is made out of a mixture of ground beef and canned tomatoes or tomato sauce. Add ingredients such as barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce or jalapenos to give the dish an extra kick. The sauce is served over slices of bread or buns.
Thanks to pre-prepared taco shells and packaged seasonings, tacos are fast and easy to make. Simply cook the ground beef with the seasoning mix and serve the beef in shells with sliced or chopped vegetables topped with salsa. To make a healthier version of the dish, serve tacos on pieces of lettuce instead of shells.
Shepherd's or cottage pie is a hearty meal made of ground beef mixed with vegetables, such as peas and carrots, topped with a mashed potato mixture. It is baked in the oven in a casserole dish.