These Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes are made with few ingredients and packed full of flavor with easy to follow instructions.
Super Easy Ground Beef Recipes
Ground beef is one of my favorite ingredients to start a dinner with because it’s easy to work with and the variations of recipes you can create are endless! Not to mention the fact that ground beef is affordable and easily freezable, making it the perfect budget friendly choice!
One Pan Ground Beef Recipes
Starting off this comprehensive list of ground beef recipes are these super simple dinners that can be made in just one skillet!
Ground Beef Casserole Recipes
Adding ground beef to a classic casserole is one of my favorite ways to use it. These recipes are not only quick and easy to prepare, but also great for freezing and baking later!
Kid-Friendly Ground Beef Recipes
Feeding kids can be tricky when they are picky eaters. That’s not the case with these easy ground beef recipes though! These recipes are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!
Comfort Food Ground Beef Recipes
There is something to be said about comfort food. These easy ground beef recipes are pure comfort with a touch of easy. Great for a rainy day or stock piling in the freezer for when you just don’t want to cook.
This simple and easy Meatball Recipe is filled with ground beef and pork, seasoned to perfection and then baked in the oven until tender and juicy.
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Quick and Easy Taco Soup Recipe is filled with ground beef, beans, corn and taco seasoning. It’s a quick dinner that uses lots of pantry staples!
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Frequently Asked Questions
It never fails that I’ll be asked questions about ground beef. How to freeze it, how long it lasts, how to tell if it’s gone bad? I’ve compiled to most common questions with my best answers for you here.
How Do You Freeze Ground Beef?
Stock up when you find a good deal on ground beef because it is easy to freeze and pull out when needed for a recipe.
- If you are refrigerating ground beef, keep at 40 degrees F or below for up to 1 to 2 days.
- For longer FREEZER STORAGE, wrap tightly in heavy duty plastic wrap, aluminum foil, freezer paper or plastic bags made for freezing.
- When I buy ground beef in bulk I like to use my Vacuum Sealer Machine to get all the air out of the bags to prevent freezer burn.
How Long Does Beef Last in the Freezer?
Ground beef will last indefinitely if kept frozen, but will lose quality over time.
It’s best to use frozen ground beef within 4 months.
How To Defrost Frozen Beef?
The safest way to defrost frozen ground beef is in the refrigerator.
Keeping the meat cold while defrosting is crucial to prevent the growth of any unwanted bacteria.
PRO TIP: Use or refreeze the ground beef within 1 to 2 days.
To defrost frozen ground beef more rapidly you can do so in cold water.
- Put the meat in a watertight plastic bag and submerge.
- Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook immediately.
- Do not refreeze raw ground meat thawed in cold water or in the microwave oven unless you cook it first.
How Do You Know if Ground Beef Has Gone Bad?
Has your ground beef changed from a beautiful red color to a more dull shade of brown? If so, you’re probably wondering if it’s still ok to eat. Chances are yes, it’s still safe so long as it’s been stored properly (see above for storage recommendations).
The reason ground beef changes color is usually caused by the lack of oxygen penetrating below the surface layer of the meat.
When ground beef goes truly bad, signs of spoilage are normally present, including an off odor, a sticky or tacky feel, or a slimy appearance.
My best advice is always, “When in doubt, throw it out.”
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