Get ready to up your dinner game with these delicious recipes that are sure to become family favorites.
EASY DINNER RECIPES WITH GROUND BEEF
I have to admit, this collection of easy dinner recipes with ground beef is more for me than you. While I’m being honest, I should tell you that I rarely cook dinner for my family. I know, I know. What kind of Italian doesn’t make homemade meals for their family.
Well, this one apparently.
I used to cook a lot. Once upon I’d make 2 weeks worth of menu plans and go shopping based on them. My kids were younger then and believe it or not, they weren’t as picky as they are now.
Factor in the pandemic where ordering takeout via Door Dash or curbside pick-up was appealing (and easier than dealing with picky-eater complaints), I’ve gotten away from home-cooked meals.
A lot has changed since in the last few years. I homeschool now. I have a daughter in college. I had weight loss surgery which has drastically changed my food intake from portion sizes and the types of foods I eat regularly. And last but not least, the price of groceries has GONE NUTS!
Money is tight and I’m tired of spending an arm and leg on take out. I know there are ways to save money on groceries and menu planning is one of them.
So, I’m determined to start cooking more at home and trying new recipes and since 4 out of 5 of us will eat ground beef, this collection of easy ground beef dinner recipes will really give me a push in the right direction.
PANTRY STAPLES FOR MENU PLANNING
I am not the type of person who has a whole arsenal of favorite recipes or meal ideas BUT I’m sure I can get creative in the kitchen if I kept my pantry and freezer stocked with these basic pantry staples for menu planning.
While we are focusing on recipes made with ground beef, I’ll throw in some things that I always keep on hand in my pantry that can go with a number of different meal ideas.
- Lean Ground Beef – 80/20 is ideal
- Ground Turkey
- Chicken Breast
- Pork Belly
- Chicken Thighs
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Bread Crumbs
- Poppy Seeds
- Taco Seasoning
- Ranch Seasoning
- Crispy Bacon
- Shredded Cheese
- Feta Cheese
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Salad Dressing
- Olive Oil
Kitchen Staples for Homemade Meals at Home
Now that you have an idea of what you should always keep in your pantry, here are some kitchen staples for all of your cooking needs.
- Baking Sheet
- Slow Cooker
- Instant Pot
- Air Fryer
- Cutting Board
- Medium Bowl
- Large Skillet
- Baking Dish
- Pizza Cutter
- Large Serving Spoons
- Meat Chopper for Ground Beef
- Food Processor
GROUND BEEF DINNERS THAT ARE MORE THAN JUST HAMBURGER PATTIES
Now that you have your pantry staples and kitchen essentials in check, it’s time to get cooking. Here are 20+ Easy Dinner Recipes with Ground Beef that you can make for your family.
IF you are partial to hamburger patties and aren’t ready to deviate from that, no worries. Checkout this collection of the Best Burger Recipes. Your mouth will water. You’re welcome.
RECIPE IDEAS FOR BUSY FAMILIES
Here are a few more recipe ideas for busy families. With all this info, repeat meals will be a thing of the past. Enjoy!