Every meat eater should have a couple of pounds of ground beef in the freezer. But don't just throw the package in the freezer! Take the ground beef out of its wrappings and divide it in half. Flatten each half to make a thin patty, then place in freezer wrap, put in a freezer bag, and label. Then freeze it. The beef will thaw more quickly this way and won't develop freezer burn.
To save even more money than just cooking at home, try this trick. Take 1/8 to 1/4 of the beef out of each pound and put it in a separate freezer container. The recipe will work just fine and no one will miss the amount you removed. Do this a few times and voila! You'll have another pound of ground beef to use.
Choose the recipes you'd like and keep the ingredients for them on hand. Every person should do this, not only because it's easier and saves time and money, but then you are prepared in case of an emergency. Or just when you get home too tired to cook.
Enjoy these easy recipes and take the stress out of dinner!
Last Minute Ground Beef Recipes
- Beefy Greek Skillet
The flavors and textures in this easy one-skillet meal are superb. I especially like that the pasta cooks right in the sauce.
- Beefy Spaghetti
Just 20 minutes, start to finish, is all it takes to put this hearty meal on the table. Even though it sounds so simple, this recipe is delicious and filling.
- Tex Mex Skillet Lasagna
Another easy skillet meal that cooks the pasta right in the sauce! You'll love the flavor of this easy recipe. Make it as hot or as mild as you like.
- Cheeseburger Pasta
This is another great recipe that will appeal to kids. It's like a cheeseburger, but with pasta!
- Chili Tomato Mac
Homemade Ground Beef Mix is like Hamburger Helper, but much less expensive and with fewer processed ingredients. This super simple recipe is hearty and easy.
- Cheeseburger Macaroni
Homemade sauce mixes make this super simple recipe easy and cost-effective. It's rich, creamy, and delicious. And the kids will love it!
- Beef Tacos
My mom made this recipe in the 1970s when ethnic foods were really making an appearance on the American food scene. They're mild, rich, and super simple.
- Pizza Fondue
Breadsticks make the perfect dippers for this delicious recipe. Or pizza crust or focaccia, cut into wedges. The kids will love this one!
- All-American Burgers
I love this easy recipe for the best juicy and meaty hamburgers. Top them any way you'd like.
- Sweet and Sour Ground Beef Skillet
Sweet and sour flavors pair beautifully with beef. This recipe is very nutritious and super easy.
- Easy Meatballs
Again, this is my mom's recipe for meatballs. They're super easy, quick to make, and very delicious!
- Beef Mushroom Burgers
Chopped and sauteed mushrooms add rich flavor to ground beef and make these yummy burgers so tender.
- Salisbury Steak
This classic comfort food recipe is easy to make and so delicious. Serve it with hot mashed potatoes for the ultimate winter meal.
- Tortellini Simmer
This super easy recipe pairs tortellini with ground beef and pasta sauce. It's rich and good.