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Surprisingly Easy Recipes for Lusciously Delectable Ground Beef

Easy Recipes for Ground Beef
After a hectic evening of work and driving kids around, you have to come home and make a meal for the family. You reach home and realize that all you have in your fridge is ground beef and a few other things, and you don't know what to cook. For such situations, here are a few easy recipes you can use.
Natasha Bantwal
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
It's always great fun learning to prepare new dishes. Ground beef is a versatile ingredient and can be used in many dishes. It's simple, easy to learn, and won't take much of your time in the kitchen. Don't believe me? Just take a look at the following recipes.
Hominy Bake
This is an delicious, easy-to-make casserole.
  • Ground beef, 1 pound (lean)
  • Onions, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Chili with beans, 1 can
  • Chili powder, 2 teaspoons
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 can
  • Yellow hominy, 1 can (20 ounces or enough for 2½ cups, drained)
  • Olives, 2 tablespoons (sliced, ripe)
  • Processed cheese, ½ cup (shredded)
  1. Add some oil to a pan and heat it. To this, add the onions and ground beef. Cook till the beef is brown.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except cheese and stir well.
  3. Take a 2-quart casserole dish, and to this, add the beef and hominy mixture.
  4. Cover the dish and bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes.
  5. Remove the dish, sprinkle cheese on top, and bake uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes.
Beef and Noodle Casserole
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Ground beef, 1 pound (lean)
  • Onions, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Parsley, 1 tablespoon (minced)
  • Tomatoes, 2 cans (14 ounces each)
  • Tomato sauce, 1 can (8 ounces)
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper, 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon
  • Noodles, 8 ounces
  • Cheddar cheese, 12 ounces (shredded)
  • Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons (grated)
  1. Add olive oil to a medium-sized dish, and let it heat. Next, add the minced beef and let it brown.
  2. Remove the beef and the fat, till only about 2 tablespoons of fat is left behind. To this fat, add onions and sauté till they are golden brown.
  3. Now add parsley, tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasoning, and cooked beef. Cover and let it simmer for an hour.
  4. Take the noodles and boil them in salted water as per packet instructions. Drain and rinse the noodles with hot water.
  5. Take a casserole dish and grease it. Layer the dish with noodles, cheese, beef mixture, and the sauce. Just make sure the top layer is cheese.
  6. Bake at 350ºF till the cheese melts and starts bubbling.
Baked Ziti with Ground Beef
  • Ground beef, 1 pound (lean)
  • Onion, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Green bell pepper, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Tomatoes, 1 can (15 ounces, diced and not drained)
  • Tomato sauce, 1 can (8 ounces)
  • Basil leaf, ½ teaspoon (dried, crushed)
  • Oregano, ½ teaspoon (dried, crushed)
  • Garlic powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper, a pinch
  • Ziti or elbow macaroni, 1 packet (8 ounces, cooked and drained)
  • Mozzarella cheese, 2 cups (8 ounces each, shredded)
  1. In a large skillet, add some oil and sauté the beef, onion, and green bell pepper. Cook well till the onion is soft, and the beef is golden brown.
  2. Remove most of the fat, leaving just a little. To this, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir this mixture well.
  3. Next add the ziti/elbow macaroni and cheese.
  4. Transfer all this to a casserole dish. Cover the mixture with cheese and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes allowing the cheese to melt and bubble.
Rice and Beef Hash
  • Ground beef, 1 pound (lean)
  • Onion, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Green pepper, ½ cup (diced)
  • Tomatoes, 1 can (15 ounces, diced)
  • Rice, 2 cups (cooked)
  • Chili sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper, one pinch
  • Cheddar cheese, ½ cup (shredded)
  1. Take a large skillet and put it on medium heat. To this, add some olive oil, beef, onion, and green pepper. Cook till the onions are soft and the beef is brown.
  2. Remove the extra fat, leaving just a little for cooking the tomatoes, rice, chili sauce, and pepper.
  3. Lower the heat, cover the skillet, and let the beef simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle cheese on top, and let it cook well till the cheese has melted.
See, weren't these recipes easy? Try them and do let us know how they turned out!
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