From burgers to shepherd's pie, ground beef is perfect for quick and easy comfort food dinners that everyone loves. Here are family favorite easy ground beef recipes with few ingredients for you to try.
When you're looking for a simple and tasty way to add protein to your paleo, Whole30, or keto meal plan, you'll want to check out this collection of easy and healthy ground beef recipes for inspiration.
You can make tasty meals with just a few ingredients added to ground beef to infuse it with flavor. From meatballs to tacos and from casseroles to soups, you'll find a variety of ways to enhance ground beef for breakfast, lunch and weeknight dinner ideas.
Easy Ground Beef Recipes
These easy ground beef recipes provide great meal prepping options as well as methods of cooking. From stove top to Instant Pot and from slow cooker to the oven, you'll find various ways to make delicious meals with ground beef.
Best Taco Meat Recipe
Meal plan with this easy 3-ingredient taco meat recipe that you can make in as little as 15 minutes. Ground beef, taco seasoning and salsa are all you need. I suggest using grass-fed beef, homemade taco seasoning and either homemade salsa or your go-to sugar-free jarred version.
Brown the beef in a frying pan and add the seasoning and salsa. Mix until heated through and serve these ground beef tacos in lettuce wraps, a taco salad, or grain-free tortillas or taco shells. Or load up some cassava tortilla chips with taco meat, guacamole and salsa for nachos. It's easy, flavorful and quick!
Mix this easy meatloaf mixture in about 5 minutes before adding it to a loaf pan and baking this comfort food entrée that's a healthy take on a classic. Whisk together your favorite healthy jarred salsa, an egg, spices and almond flour, which will act as the binder. Add in the ground beef and mix to combine.
Spread it in the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. For additional flavor, about halfway through the cooking time, garnish the top of the meatloaf with a little more salsa. Zesty and delicious!
Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce
This recipe calls for ground turkey, but you can easily swap it and use ground beef for this savory slow cooker spaghetti sauce served over zoodles. Just be sure to use very lean ground beef (less than 10% fat) or brown the meat and drain the excess fat before adding it to the crock pot.
Slow cook along with canned tomato puree, chicken stock and a host of herbs, spices and aromatic and flavorful chopped vegetables. Make a double batch so you can freeze leftovers for easy meal planning later.
Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs
Ground beef is mixed with Italian herbs and spices as well as an egg. For a binder, replace the bread crumbs with almond flour to keep it gluten-free. Form the mixture into meatballs and add them to a lightly oiled baking dish or a cast iron skillet for their session in the oven.
During the last 15 minutes of baking, pour your favorite keto marinara sauce over them and bake until the sauce is simmering and the meatballs are done. Serve over your favorite low-carb pasta.
Honey Chipotle Meatballs
These meatballs use a combination of ground beef and ground pork to make a simple and savory meatball. Brown them on the stovetop and finish with a short bake in the oven.
Ground Beef Quesadillas
Enjoy quesadillas by making this version of quesadillas that keeps them gluten free, grain free, and dairy free. Brown the ground beef and add the seasonings. Once cooked, add it to your favorite grain free tortillas along with dairy free queso.
Fold the tortillas over and heat them in a little avocado oil in a frying pan until they're warm and golden. Serve with guacamole and salsa.
Recipe by Unbound Wellness
Let your slow cooker help make this taco soup a creamy and flavorful meal that you'll enjoy in any season. Sauté onion, garlic and ground beef in a skillet with ghee before adding it to the slow cooker. Add the zesty spices along with fire-roasted diced tomatoes, chicken broth, canned coconut cream and green chilies.
Cook it low and slow and serve with all your favorite toppings. Leftovers are perfect for the fridge or freezer.
Recipe by The Movement Menu
One Pan Breakfast Hash
With just a few ingredients, you can have a satisfying one-pan breakfast ready to fuel you for the day. Sauté sweet potato chunks in avocado oil before adding in the ground beef.
Once cooked through, add minced garlic, sliced Napa cabbage and sea salt. Stir until cabbage is tender. What could be easier?
Recipe by Hurried Health Nut
Summer is a great time to make this vegetable skillet meal. Add protein to it with grass fed ground beef. Brown the beef in ghee, along with the aromatics. Add in fresh veggies like sliced eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and freshly chopped tomatoes.
Cook until tender and then add in tomato sauce and seasonings. Serve it hot, right from the skillet. If you have a favorite non-dairy cheese, garnish the top with it.
Recipe by Our Paleo Life
Paleo Shepherd's Pie
This comfort food shepherd's pie starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Ground beef, sliced bacon, diced carrots, celery and onion are sautéd in a skillet before being seasoned with spices. Add the chicken broth and simmer until the liquid has reduced.
Add the mixture to a baking dish and top with mashed cauliflower to keep it low carb. Bake for 30 minutes until the cauliflower is set and golden on top.
Recipe by Elana's Pantry
Whole30 Taco Salad
It doesn't get any easier than browning grass fed ground beef in an avocado-oiled skillet with zesty spices as a protein accompaniment for a taco salad. Season the beef with your favorite taco seasoning or add them all on the fly by using chili powder, cumin, onion and garlic powders, oregano and paprika.
It's the perfect salad for lunch or dinner. Make it entrée level with your favorite lettuce, freshly chopped tomatoes, salsa, and guacamole for a satisfying meal.
Recipe by A Saucy Kitchen
Korean Beef Bowls
Quickly stir together the zesty sauce of coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, honey and chopped scallions. In a skillet, brown the ground beef before adding the sauce mixture.
Air Fryer Burger Bites
Just a few simple ingredients make these burger bites an irresistible appetizer for game days or a fun way to eat mini burgers. The burger bites are quick to make thanks to an air fryer. The burger mix consists of ground beef, salt, garlic and onion powders. Mix and form into bite-sized mini patties.
Spray them lightly with olive oil before air frying for approximately 6 minutes. Skewer each on a toothpick layered with a cherry tomato, pickle, and rolled lettuce leaf. You can even drizzle them with a healthy copycat version of a certain fast food chain's special sauce.
Recipe by Cook At Home Mom
Beef Taco Casserole
Ground beef, eggs, diced onion, bell pepper, jarred salsa, a can of green chilis, taco spices, lime, and riced cauliflower are the basic ingredients you need to make this taco casserole. Spread the uncooked riced cauliflower in a baking dish. Top it with the sauteed vegetables and browned ground beef.
Whisk together eggs, salsa, chiles, and lime zest and pour on top of the mixture. Bake until the egg topping is set and has browned on top. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Recipe by Paleo Scaleo
Slow Cooker Spicy Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
No need to stuff and roll cabbage leaves with this easy dinner recipe that's made in the slow cooker. This ground beef casserole recipe takes just 5 minutes of prep work. It's literally a dump-and-go recipe.
You'll need to slice a head of cabbage, rice your cauliflower or use frozen, slice some onion and garlic, and add it to the slow cooker along with the ground beef, spices and crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine and let it slow cook to savoriness. Stir in fresh parsley before serving.
Recipe by Bowl Of Delicious
Salisbury Steak Meatballs
Your family will adore this comfort food meal of Salisbury steak meatballs smothered in a rich mushroom gravy. Ground beef is seasoned with eggs, tomato paste and almond flour as a gluten-free binder. It's all seasoned with a host of pantry spices. Mix it together and then roll into meatballs. Skillet cook them in olive oil until browned on all sides and fully cooked through.
Remove them from the heat while you make the gravy. Sauté onions, garlic and sliced mushrooms before adding beef broth and a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. Let it simmer to thicken before serving over the meatballs. Mashed cauliflower makes a great side item for this meal.
Recipe by Mother Thyme
Italian Style Instant Pot Beef Chili
You're just 30 minutes away from a savory and beefy chili without beans, thanks to your Instant Pot. Start with a sauté of onions and red bell peppers before adding the ground beef, zesty chili spices and beef stock.
Add in chopped carrots and a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and pressure cook this deliciousness in just 15 minutes to infuse it with tremendous flavor.
Recipe by A Saucy Kitchen
Ground Beef And Broccoli
The always tasty combination of beef and broccoli gets a fresh take by using ground beef rather than the classic sliced steak version. It's a one-pan meal that's flavored with a beef broth, coconut aminos, garlic and ginger sauce.
Start by sautéing the broccoli, fresh or frozen, in a skillet before adding the ground beef to brown. Once cooked through, add the savory sauce. Serve it over rice cauliflower.
Recipe by Unbound Wellness
Paleo pantry items help make this sloppy joes recipe come together easily on your stovetop. Start by sautéing diced red pepper and onion in a skillet with coconut oil before adding the ground beef. Season with salt and garlic powder.
Add your favorite sugar-free ketchup, tomato paste, coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative) and let it all simmer for about 40 minutes until thick and rich with flavor. Serve over your zucchini noodles, rice cauliflower or on top of a baked sweet potato.
Recipe by Real Food With Jessica
Ditch the traditional hamburger bun in favor of meaty and substantial portobello mushrooms to surround this easy burger. The hamburger is an easy yet zesty mixture of ground beef, egg, chopped parsley, minced garlic and onion.
Pan fry the burgers and serve them between portobello mushrooms, along with bacon and sliced avocado.
Recipe by Cooking Perfected
Early Autumn Instant Pot Soup
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this cozy soup come together quickly in your Instant Pot. As the zucchini gives way to autumn squash, make this delectable soup with chopped veggies from both seasons.
Start by sautéing the onion and garlic before adding in the ground beef. Cancel the sauté feature and add in the chopped zucchini, acorn squash, seasonings and broth. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes before releasing. Leftovers are just as tasty and you can even freeze them.
Recipe by Hurried Health Nut
Ground beef is budget-friendly and can be used to make these healthy and delicious main dishes. Try these easy recipes with few ingredients for filling weeknight dinners.