10 Ideas to Cook Ground Beef if Tired of Hamburgers, Meatloaf and Tacos
Burgers are an American tradition and a staple in my families but even die hard burger lovers don’t want to eat them every day. Ground beef is an affordable meat to incorporate into family dishes and you can have variety rather than being burger bored. Here are 10 ideas on how to cook ground beef if tired of hamburgers, meatloaf and tacos.
1. Hobo stew – when I was a kid my grandmother made hobo stew at least once a week. It was a mixture of cooked hamburger, a couple cans of mixed vegetables, a large can of stewed tomatoes, and elbow macaroni. Cook and drain fat off ground beef before adding the other ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. You can add a can of corn, chopped onion or both.
2. Slow cooker meatballs – making meatballs in a crockpot is easy peasy. Just brown your meatballs (I buy a pre-cooked version from Sam’s club that I can use in other dishes, too). You’ll need a jar of grape jelly, the juice of an orange, a ¼ cup brown sugar and a tablespoon (T.) of yellow mustard. If you like your sauce more spicy, add a tablespoon of horseradish. Mix well in your slow cooker then add your meatballs to sauce and cover. Takes 2-3 hours on low to cook. These make great party appetizers, too.
3. Stuffed poblano peppers Mexican style – You can season your meat with taco or fajita seasoning to go Tex-mex and add chedder or Mexican cheese, tomatoes and onion to stuff your peppers then bake.
4. Stuffed tomatoes – Fresh garden tomatoes are delicious stuffed with cooked, drained ground beef mixed with bread crumbs, garlic, basil, pepper, 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan and oil.
5. Cream cheese bacon wrapped stuffed poblano peppers – Cook and drain your ground beef. Soften 8oz cream cheese in a bowl and add ground beef. For a spicier taste add 1-2 chopped jalapenos (no stems or seeds). Stuff peppers then wrap pepper with bacon. Bake or grill until bacon is cooked.
6. Stuffed eggplant – Cut eggplants in half and scoop out eggplant. Try not to puncture skin because you are going to put your meat mixture in the shell. Cut eggplant into small pieces and cook in a pan of salted water until eggplant is translucent. Drain well. Save eggplant skins. In a skillet cook a chopped sweet onion, and portabella mushrooms in about 3 T. olive or grapeseed oil. Add 1-2 T. minced garlic, 2 cans Rotel, 2 cups cheddar cheese, a cup of Italian bread crumbs. Add drained eggplant and cooked meat. Mix well and fill eggplant skins with mixture. Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
7. Lasagna – Cook 1-2 pounds ground beef and drain fat. Add a jar of prepared spaghetti sauce. In a large pan cook lasagna. In a large baking dish, layer lasagna noodles, meat and sauce, ricotta cheese mozzarella until pan is full. For added flavor add black olives, spinach or carrots. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake.
8. Spaghetti - You can make “spaghetti” and meat sauce with either noodles or spaghetti squash if you’re watching carbs. In a large skillet cook meat and drain fat. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce or make your own with onion, mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, a pinch of salt, pepper, and Parmesan or Asiago cheese. To cook “spaghetti” squash cut squash in half and place on a baking dish. Poke holes in the squash but don’t puncture skin. Add water to center of squash and either back until tender or microwave. Once cooked, you can make spaghetti squash noodles by raking a fork over the cooked squash. Top with sauce. Honestly I like spaghetti squash better than pasta.
9. Easy Mexican casserole – What do you do with the leftover corn chips you usually use for dipping or nachos? Crush them and place in the bottom of a 9-12 casserole dish. Cook and drain ground taco meat (ground beef and taco seasoning) and add to the top of the chips. Top with cheddar or Mexican cheese and bake until cheese is bubbly. Top with fresh chopped onion, jalapenos, tomatoes, avocado slices and a dollop of sour cream.
10. Easy Hamburger egg rolls – These are easy and your kids can help. Cook and drain ground beef and place in bowl. In a skillet with 1-2 T. oil, cook a bag of cole slaw mix (cabbage and thinly sliced carrots). You may add Pearl River mushroom soy sauce to taste (avoid salty prepared soy sauce which will ruin this dish by making it too salty) Add thinly chopped green onion, sliced water chestnuts and small pieces of mushrooms. Once the cabbage is slightly wilted, add cooked ground beef and stir. Remove from heat. You’ll need a small bowl of water with a T. of corn starch to seal egg rolls. Take egg roll skin (usually found in refrigerated section of grocery produce aisle) and place mixture toward one corner, begin rolling tucking in edges. Seal with cornstarch and water mixture or egg wash mixture. Cook in a shallow skillet of hot oil. Turn once, remove and place on paper towels to drain.