I have a pound of ground beef waiting for me at home. what are your favorite easy yet delightfully delicious recipes involving ground beef? I'd love to hear about anything out of the ordinary, but inspired meatball/meatloaf/burger recipes are appreciated as well.
Taco seasoning + ground beef + shredded cheese + onions + salsa + lettuce leaves = lettuce wraps/tacos.
Dried ground beef + suet + misc dried fruits = ground beef pemmican.
As others mentioned, ground beef + eggs + onions/peppers = ground beef omelette.
Often times on a weekend, I will make a batch of 5lb's of ground beef (after draining fat of course) with the taco seasoning mentioned above, and use that through the week in misc things like omelettes, etc. Or freeze if I make too much and use later. I find the taco seasoning covers a lot of situations in what I eat, although it has corn flour (Masa) in it, for those that have to watch out for that.
I cheat. My grocery store has been carrying the little Spicely boxes of organic spice mixes. Each packet is usually good for seasoning about 2 lbs of ground meat which I can then divide up into 4 to 6 servings.
Edit: Completely forgot one of my favorites, traditionally with pork, but easily adaptable to chicken, beef, or even minced fish:
Larb (national dish of Laos): ground meat, cooked up, flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, diced chiles, and chopped mint. Usually served chilled on lettuce leaves.
Kofte is a favorite. Usually made with lamb, or a mix of lamb and beef, but all beef would be fine. I can't find my recipe right now, but this one is pretty close.
I don't know where you are in the world, but if grilling is an option, that's the best. Otherwise, they can be fried in a skillet, baked, or broiled. Treat them mostly like any other meatball--but since there is no panade of bread and milk in them, they won't be as tender if you overcook them!
If you eat dairy, then by all means eat them with a tzaziki sauce! If you eat rice, they are great with a lemon rice pilaf. If you don't eat any of those things, they'd be great with whatever you like--I've eaten them with tomato sauce, something like a chimichurri, or just plain as they come off the grill, with whatever veggies you like.
I love to make meatballs with lamb liver mixed in - just whizz about 500g of ground beef, plus a chopped up lambs liver together in the food processor. Then season according to the country's recipe you are following.
If I am making Kofta curry I add cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger, tumeric, garlic, chili, salt, pepper and fistfuls of fresh parsley to the food processor liver mix while it's going. Be generous with your spices, like a heaping spoonful of each one. Drop spoonfuls of this meat mix into a simmering pan of fresh chopped tomatoes/onion/bone broth and spices. It will all come together in about 30 mins to make a gorgeous saucy meatball thing.
Can do the above in an italian or spanishy style too.
Thai Beef Salad!!! I eat it 2-3 times a week. Coconut Oil (full flavored I tried Dr. Bronner's) Onions, Garlic, Chili flakes, Sea Salt (just throw it all in together and brown) Put beef on salad greens and top with avocado, cucumber, coconut flakes, basil or Thai Basil, Cilantro if you like it, and finish with a squeeze of lime. I swear my husband licks the plate.
Here are a couple easy ground beef recipes that I enjoy :)
"Meat Sundae" Ground beef, cultured organic sour cream, & hot sauce
"Naghetti" Ground beef, jar of pasta sauce, & steamed veggies
Primal Meatloaf, ground beef, organic sour cream, organic tomato paste or ketchup, onion, herbs & spices
Beef & Cabbage soup, ground beef, cabbage, carrots, onion, & can of collard greens
Or, you could make a big ass taco salad!
That's funny you asked this as I just ate some ground beef for breakfast today.
What I did was heat some coconut oil in a pan, added 85/15 ground beef, some chopped white mushrooms, red onions and green bell peppers, seasoned with black pepper, kosher salt, crushed red peppers, and turmeric. It was pretty awesome. And also I think the turmeric + green bell pepper made the oil on the plate turn this really weird but cool hi-lighter color. Sometimes I add in scrambled eggs to the mix.
I use my ground beef as a tasty and sneaky way to get more liver into my diet. I either freeze the liver and then grate it into ground beef in a 1:2 ratio or I puree it before adding it if I don't have time to freeze it first (and it's easier on the hands!). I also add things like organic mustard, chili, turmeric, sea salt, and a little bit of coconut flour to bind it. It's quick, and easy and the liver makes the burgers really tender. I fry them in either bacon fat or coconut oil as they're pretty lean without the added fat. You can slice up some avocado, fry up some onions and mushrooms and you've got a great meal!
This isn't much of a recipe but lately I'm doing a lot of ground beef or lamb, with maybe some cumin or other spice, just browned and then wrapped in cold romaine leaves for lunch. Hot and meaty contrasting with cold and crunchy.
Tonight I made a nice bolognese sauce with ground beef and pork, served over spaghetti squash.
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