Ground beef is one of the most versatile meats. Whether you cook it with pasta or toss it into a salad, you have so many options to choose from. If you are stuck trying to figure out how to use all the ground beef you’ve stocked in your freezer, these are excellent options for cooking in the skillet.
You’ll never let ground beef go to waste again.
1. Beef Up Your Favorite Mexican Dishes
Whether you are looking for a new taco filling or you love to combine Mexican flavors and just want to make a giant skillet of flavor, you don’t want to pass up this Mexican beef and rice skillet. This recipe is made easier with pre-made salsa, and many of the ingredients come in cans so that you can cook dinner in a flash. Serve this dish on its own, in a taco shell, or in a giant flour tortilla with plenty of cheese and salsa.
2. A Good Excuse to Eat Tortilla Chips for Dinner
Here’s another take on the Mexican ground beef skillet. This one takes about 40 minutes and is super easy to personalize based on your family’s preferences. This healthy dish has everything, from beans and ground beef to rice and fresh vegetables.
You’ll also have the option to toss in green chiles for a little extra spice. If you have leftovers, this dish is also super easy to freeze for later.
3. This Ground Beef & Potato Skillet Is a Major Win
Who doesn’t love potatoes? This dinner recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a great choice for some special diets. The spices, peppers, and vegetables in this dish really make those Yukon Gold potatoes stand out, and the lean ground beef is a fantastic addition to ensure your potatoes are packed with protein.
And of course, all of this can be cooked in a single skillet for easier cleanup in the post-dinner haze.
4. Bacon Cheeseburger, But Make it Pasta
Let’s face it: feeding kids is hard. What one child loves, another despises. The good news is that this pasta is perfect for everybody in the family.
What’s not to love? The bacon adds texture and flavor, and the ground beef adds flavor and texture. Best of all? This is a quick dinner that requires just 6 ingredients.
It’s really that easy, and you’ve got a dinner that’s perfect for even the picky eaters in the family.
5. Put a Cajun Twist on Your Favorite Macaroni
Next time you have ground beef and no plan to use it, please the whole family with Cajun macaroni. You don’t even need a full pound of beef to create this dish, and you can still use a boxed mix instead of buying fresh cheese. You’ll simply need to add onion, green pepper, diced tomatoes, celery, and Cajun seasoning to create a bold flavor.
This recipe also gives you room to play by adding andouille sausage, for instance.
6. Make Chinese Takeout in Your Own Kitchen
This spin on beef and broccoli fried rice is savory and tender, just like many of your favorite Chinese-American takeout dishes. While ground beef is a great addition to this dish, you will also love the crisp broccoli texture. You don’t need much beef to make this one-skillet dish, and you will use leftover rice to make cooking time even shorter.
If you’ve got leftovers, this is the perfect opportunity to put them to use.
7. This Stroganoff Recipe Is Full of Flavor
If you grew up eating Hamburger Helper, you are going to love this homemade option, which uses sauteed mushrooms and cream to create a more sophisticated flavor. Plus, you’ll cook the pasta in the sauce for easy clean-up and much more flavor. Much of the flavor comes from beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, cream cheese, and tomato paste.
This pasta is rich and tasty, and you can adjust the mushrooms in this recipe for more flavor.
8. The Easiest Stuffed Cabbage Recipe Ever
If you loved stuffed cabbage but want to make the recipe as simple as possible, you’ll love this deconstructed stuffed cabbage recipe. That’s right, this recipe combines all your favorite ingredients to create a casserole in a skillet. The cabbage is so tender, which makes it easier to eat even for those who aren’t fans of cabbage in most dishes.
Plus, this recipe is way easier on the chef, who doesn’t have to make individual rolls.
9. This Greek Dish Is Exactly What You Need
Do you love Greek food? Do you love pasta? With just five minutes to prep and a half-hour of cooking time, this dish is simple to make when you don’t have much time to feed the family.
Your family will love the way the feta cheese accents the rest of the dish and the variety of seasonings. You’ll also get a serving of vegetables thanks to the spinach tossed in with the salad, and you can pair this dish with a variety of Greek sides.
10. Get Your Veggie Fix
If you are looking for a quick dinner chock full of vegetables, this wholesome dish is perfect. If you’ve got a picky eater in the family, this dish offers plenty of space for changing out the vegetables. You can also easily adapt this recipe based on what you have in the refrigerator or garden.
Obviously, this dish is full of protein, which also makes it a healthy staple for your kitchen. If you are trying to get the family to eat more vegetables, you’ll want to try this tasty dish.
11. This Sweet Potato Skillet Will Change the Game
Whether you use ground beef or ground turkey, this meal is delicious and healthy. You’ll love this dish full of sweet potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, and more. The sweet potatoes make this dish a bit sweet, which means you could even serve up this dish for breakfast just as well as you could for dinner.
Sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to potatoes, which means this dish is suitable for the family trying to be more health-conscious.
12. This Dish Is the Whole Enchilada
This dish from The Pioneer Woman is the epitome of comfort food. You can cook everything in an oven-safe skillet, save for the rice, which you will cook ahead of time. While this dish is perfectly easy to customize, the recipe calls for onions, green chiles, corn, and salsa verde.
If you love enchiladas, you’ve got to try this super easy meal. For a low-carb spin, try leaving out the tortillas and simply enjoying the skillet of meat, rice, veggies, and sauce.
13. Check Out this Butternut Squash With a Southwestern Twist
Beans and bell pepper give this dish a Southwestern flavor. While this recipe is technically a casserole, you can also put it together in a skillet just as well. In fact, it will make cleanup so much easier.
This recipe is made easier when you use frozen or pre-cut butternut squash. Aside from the squash, the main ingredients include ground beef, kale, bell pepper, beans, and cheese. That’s a lot of nutrition in one skillet!
14. Keep Dinner Simple With Beef & Mushrooms
If you’ve been looking for a great gluten-free meal you can prepare in just a few minutes, you’ll want to try this easy mushroom and ground beef skillet. It’s a great dish to add to your weekly rotation because it’s full of protein and vegetables. Use any variety of mushrooms, beef broth, onions, garlic, and some fresh basil to get an amazing flavor.
Toss in brown rice or quinoa for more grains.
15. Sweet & Sour Beef Is a Versatile Dish Ready for Exploration
In just 20 minutes, this sweet and sour beef hits the taste buds just right. This recipe combines beef, vegetables, and pineapple to create a true sweet and sour flavor. If you want to make this recipe easier, you can use canned or frozen pineapple and vegetables.
Use this beef as a topper for rice, pasta, or potatoes. This is a great way to combine a favorite flavor with an unexpected meat.
16. This Korean Beef Skillet Is So Simple & So Tasty
Korean foods are among the most unique dishes in the world, and this Korean beef skillet is enhanced with fresh vegetables like green onions, bean sprouts, and bok choy. You’ll love the texture of the cabbage and how it pairs with the flavor of the barbecue sauce. If you have been in the mood to expand your cooking horizons, you should definitely start here.
Add some traditional Korean sides to add more vegetables to your dinner.
17. This Nacho Skillet Is the Perfect Appetizer (or Even a Full Meal)
In less than half an hour, you can put together these one-pan nachos that are absolutely to die for. You can eat these cheesy chips right out of the skillet, and you can play with the proportions to achieve the right chip-to-topping ratio. You can add your favorite nacho toppings, including Monterey Jack cheese, Roma tomatoes, cilantro, red peppers, and more.
18. If You Love Thai Food, You Need to Try This Beef Skillet
This list is a great example of the power of a single skillet. The good news is that there is always something you can make with ground beef. This dish is made in the Thai style thanks to the herbs and spices, including garlic, peppers, and basil.
As simple as this dish may appear, it is truly aromatic and will make your kitchen smell amazing.
19. Need Something Keto? This Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Is Perfect
Even if you feel as if you have tried everything keto under the sun, chances are that you have not tried this cauliflower ground beef skillet. This keto dish is super easy to make and requires mostly pantry staples. You’ll need cauliflower and the cheese of your choice, though the recipe specifically uses cheddar.
Even reluctant cauliflower eaters will love this thanks to the crispy texture of the vegetables.
20. Tacos But the Shells Are . . . Avocados
If you’ve got all the fixings for tacos but don’t have tortillas (or you are just trying to lay off carbs), this is an unbelievably easy skillet dish to make. You can make this recipe with ground beef, turkey, or chicken, which is mixed with taco seasonings, onions, poblano peppers, cilantro, and cheese. All of these ingredients are stuffed right inside an avocado.
You’ve probably never had an avocado just like this.