Making ground beef interesting

by 705 · January 07, 2012 at 04:10 AM

I pretty much exclusively eat grass fed ground beef for my meat consumption because it's cheap and I'm a poor college student. I don't really know many recipes other than a coconut curry beef one that I enjoy, but I want to try some new ones. Does anyone have a really good ground beef recipe they recommend? Thanks!

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1968 · January 06, 2012 at 06:51 PM

Off the top of my head:

  • stirfry. (fat of some kind, veggies, a dab of tamari/soy sauce, garlic/ginger, a touch of sesame oil (just for flavor, it's not especially good for you), hot peppers/chili)
  • chili (meat, tomatoes and maybe some tomato paste, garlic, onions, green peppers, hot peppers, cook slowly for a long time)
  • hash (essentially, whatever scraps of veggies you have lying around, maybe some peppers, mushrooms, an onion, a little bit of potato/sweet potato/turnip, plus a little tomato paste, some worchestershire sauce, butter, cumin, garlic, maybe some balsamic to make it tangy if it's lacking; fry it up and then mash it into the bottom of the pan so it gets a little crust, break it up, repeat, takes about 30 min.).
  • shepherd's pie (hash, plus cauliflower mash on top, sprinkle some cheese, throw it in the oven for like 1/2 an hour)

Then there's the super obvious stuff I'm sure you've thought of (i.e., plus eggs = scramble; plus taco spices and lettuce = lettuce tacos; plus lettuce and a tomato = lettuce burger)

Really the list is endless. It's very versatile, which is sort of why it's the staple of 1950's housewives :)

1158 · January 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM

Lately we eat alot of "Hamburger Helper"

Although, my helper is whatever vegetables are on sale.

I simply cook up some Beef in a pan, then add in the veggies. If I am doing squashes or something that needs to cook a little longer, I will cook vegies separately, then mix at the end.

Last night we had "Chili Cheese Fries" Made a ground beef chili, and spread over Jicama fries, added a little cheese to the top, then cried because it was so delicious.

1527 · January 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM

There's a great moussaka recipe from Mark's Daily Apple

A few changes I've made to it- I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, and I use one less egg and a little more greek yogurt for the topping.

I find this is a great change from the typical tastes you find in a lot of ground beef recipes.

20462 · January 06, 2012 at 07:04 PM

Meat party:

  • Meatloaf - nice and simple or play and wrap in bacon. Bacon blanket!
  • Saute your mirepoix, add mushrooms, the ground beef, halfway through cooking add a big fat spoonful of tomato paste and 1/2c+ chicken stock - it will create a really nice tasty reduction so the mix isn't dry, then a couple big fat handfuls of hearty greens - let wilt, season with salt/pepper. Insta-protein.
  • Are you eating tubers? Make baked potatoes, split, fill with ground beef, broccoli, whatever other veggies
  • Make tacos using lettuce for the shell
  • Meatballs! Alone or make a nice hearty veg stew and add them in
  • In ragu and top spaghetti squash or anything else
  • Spiced beef patties - cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, coriander. If you're eating dairy top with a bit of raita or just plain yogurt is really nice
  • Chili
  • Taco salad - make spicy meat and top greens, avocado, jicama, tomato, cucumber..
  • Stuffed zucchini

I think that's all I can think of..

---EDIT---> Added the meatloaf recipe (if you don't want to do a loaf you can totally do these as burgers, cook the bacon and fill the middle of each burger with the piggy, then broil, grill, pan fry)

1 onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 large celery rib, finely chopped

4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons FOC


2 pounds ground beef - if you want you can do 1.5lb ground beef .5 ground pork

1/2 cup ketchup

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons paprika, if you have it

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 bacon slices, halved crosswise

Cook onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in FOC with 1 teaspoon salt over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Combine beef, pork, ketchup, eggs, smoked paprika, pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and cooked vegetables and mix with your hands until vegetables are well distributed and mixture is cohesive. That is actually my favourite part - it's fun.

Form into a 12-inch loaf, about 4 1/2 inches wide, in pan, and lay bacon slices crosswise over it.

Roast in 375 oven about 40 to 45 minutes or so

If the bacon on top isn't crisp, reset oven to broil and broil the meatloaf until bacon is crisp and browned

13583 · January 06, 2012 at 08:27 PM

This has become my all time favorite paleo comfort dish. I can't describe the warm and cozy satisfaction it gives me (sounds corny, but it's true.)

1 lb ground beef
4 strips bacon
Diced onions and mushrooms (I don't pay attention to how much)
Some minced garlic
About a cup of guacamole
Salt and pepper.

Cook up the bacon, onions, mushrooms and garlic in a skillet.
Add the beef and brown, but don't overdue it.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Remove mishmosh from heat and mix in guac.

4612 · January 07, 2012 at 04:10 AM

Taco night with lettuce wraps! We have this like once per week. Don't buy a pre-mixed taco seasoning, get some organic chili powder, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, sautee it up, and put it in lettuce wraps, so good! It is simple, and I keep cooking it until it caramelizes a bit so I don't have to pour off the excess grease and it can stay in. If you have extra $$ get an avocado and slice it up for it, or some fresh pico de gallo. I almost never get sick of it.

1002 · January 07, 2012 at 03:28 AM

This recipe call for almond butter; not sure how almonds really stack up. And, after I finished typing the recipe out, I realize that vinegar is probably not good also. I'm new to this! Maybe someone can hack this AMAZINGLY GOOD dish and give me some paleo subs?? (And I can't figure out how to make this display as I typed it in, in recipe format). Ugh.

Delish Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps 1# ground beef 1 red or yellow pepper 1 carrot, shredded 1 small red onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 TBS ginger, minced or shredded Butter or Romaine lettuce for wrapping Chopped green onions and cilantro for topping


2 TBS almond butter 2 TBS fish sauce 2 TBS lime juice 1 TBS rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes.

*Brown beef in lg. skillet. When it is half-done, put all veg in & finish. Mix sauce ingred. in a separate bowl. Mix sauce with beef and spoon into lettuce wraps to eat.

508 · January 07, 2012 at 02:44 AM

The best burgers I've had do not need a grill or a bun. Mix salt into the ground beef (1 tsp per 1.5 lbs), form patties, cook in a stainless steel pan on med heat (3-4 min per side), then make this awesome wine and butter reduction sauce to put on top.

3224 · January 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM

Top it with a couple of over-easy eggs and chop together. Mmmm. My favorite weekday breakfast.

7559 · January 06, 2012 at 06:53 PM

I eat grass fed ground beef almost exclusively too. One of my favorites is minced onion and mushrooms sauteed in butter mushed into the meat and formed into patties. I fry it in a little bit of fish sauce (I know it sounds strange but it tastes good) then I put it between 2 pieces of raw spinach like buns with tomato, spicy mustard and raw onion. Sometimes i'll add a slice of raw cheese with a strong flavor like Havarti.

5111 · January 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM

Here's a whole page of ground beef recipes: I've only made the sloppy joes off of there, but it was good.

1111 · January 07, 2012 at 12:25 AM

add some BACON and then some MORE BACON!

605 · January 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Ground Beef + Butter + Frank's Red Hot is a great and easy recipe. Use as a dip, add some other stuff to it, or just eat it as-is.

10 · January 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I make a meatloaf-like mixture with the ground beef and stuff portabello mushrooms and bake.

1771 · January 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM

Keema - ok I know that Hindus don't eat beef mince, but it still works:

As has already been mentioned, add your own combination of veggies and herbs/spices and some passatta (tomato sauce) or chopped tomatoes etc.

Best way to do it is in a slow cooker (crock pot) and let it just simmer all day long - it has a rich taste to it that one doesn't get when it's pan fried.

7185 · January 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM

For the last couple months I've been eating almost nothing other than ground beef for breakfast and dinner. I saute some leafy greens first in lots of fat (I use tallow), then I put them to the side and add the ground beef. Once it's done cooking I'll throw some sweet potato or winter squash on top. Sometimes I have it plain, sometimes with homemade sauerkraut, and sometimes mixed with spirulina. To shake things up, sometimes I'll saute onions and garlic, then add the ground beef. Onions, garlic, and turmeric make a nice sauce.

1329 · January 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM

You can do a stew with ground beef. Do you like herbs etc?

Off The Cuff Paleo Italian Ground Beef Stew

Throw it in the pan in this order, cooking everything a bit before the next bit goes in:

Oil; Diced onion and garlic; Ground beef; Salt, pepper and Italian herb mix to preference; Can of tomatoes; Vegetables; ...boil kettle - hot water as needed, then lower heat to slowly simmer for a while


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