Your family will love these 21+ Hearty Ground Beef Recipes ranging from popular hamburger meat recipes to great casserole dishes!

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Ground beef is always a good idea. You can add it to a casserole, a baked pasta dish, or soup to make it extra hearty. Not only is the protein super versatile, but it is also super easy to cook.

No matter which way you choose to serve up ground beef, you will have a hit on your hands. To help make dinner easy, I’m sharing some of the best ground beef recipes to make this week!

(Learn how long ground beef lasts in the refrigerator to keep your protein fresh.)

The Best Ground Beef Recipes To Make

1. Ground Beef Casserole

You cannot go wrong when it comes to casserole, especially when it is this ground beef casserole. This classic casserole makes the ground beef the star of the show. Elbow noodles get tossed alongside the ground beef with loads of cheese and marinara sauce for the perfect weeknight meal.

Ground Beef Casserole
Ground Beef Casserole is a classic family-friendly weeknight dinner idea! Elbow noodles are tossed with ground beef, marinara, and lots of melty cheese.
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2. Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe’s are known for the mess that comes with the tasty dish. Limit the mess and turn your sloppy Joe’s into casserole form with this excellent recipe. The recipe takes everything you love about sloppy Joes and turns it into a quick dinner to make any night of the week. Don’t forget to serve it with a side of bread to mop up all that extra goodness!

Sloppy Joe Casserole
This Sloppy Joe Casserole is a hearty weeknight meal your whole family will love! Ground beef and veggies are simmered with a sweet and tangy sauce, then topped with cornbread and baked to perfection!
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3. Baked Ziti

This baked ziti recipe is great because of its versatility. More veggies can be added to the mix, and it can be made ahead of time. No matter how and when you choose to make it, it’s always a win!

Baked Ziti
Baked ziti is a pasta bake recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family! It’s packed with pasta, cheese, and a meaty marinara sauce, and it’s perfect for assembling in advance for an easy weeknight dinner.
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4. Taco Soup

As soon as the weather turns cold, you are going to want to make a giant pot of this taco soup. This recipe takes everything you love about tacos and places it in a nice piping-hot bowl. Top it with a spoonful of sour cream for the perfect spoonful.

taco soup in a white bowl with spoon
Taco Soup Recipe
Taco Soup Recipe! This quick and easy Taco Soup Recipe can be made in the slow cooker or right on the stovetop. Ready in no time, this taco soup is filled with ground beef, beans, corn and taco seasoning. It’s a quick dinner that everyone loves!
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5. Frito Pie Casserole

If Fritos are your go-to chip, you’ll be all over this Frito pie casserole. The classic casserole dish uses Frito corn chips as the topping to give a super flavorful crunch. It will be a simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will fall in love with.

Frito Pie Casserole
Frito Pie is a classic dish made with ground beef, taco or chili seasonings, cheese, and Fritos that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner everyone will love.
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6. Shepherd’s Pie Tater Tot Casserole

Take your traditional shepherd’s pie dish to the next level by adding some tater tots into the mix. The tater tots replace the mashed potatoes in the classic recipe to put a spin on the traditional dish. After one bite, you’ll wish you had discovered this recipe much sooner.

Shepherd’s Pie Tater Tot Casserole
Shepherd’s Pie Tater Tot Casserole
Shepherd’s Pie Tater Tot Casserole is a hearty casserole with ground beef, corn and diced onions topped with mashed potatoes, tater tots and shredded cheese.
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7. Loaded Potato Meatloaf Casserole

Meatloaf, potatoes, and casserole are all excellent dishes. So, it only makes sense to combine them all into one tasty dish. Save this loaded potato and meatloaf casserole for the winter. It’s the ultimate comfort food for a cold, snowy day!

Loaded Potato and Meatloaf Casserole
Loaded Potato and Meatloaf Casserole
Dive into a hearty casserole with creamy mashed potatoes, succulent ground beef (or turkey), crispy bacon, and melted cheddar. Seasoned with zesty BBQ sauce, rich sour cream, and tangy Worcestershire, this dish is a flavorful whirlwind for the taste buds!
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8. Easy Taco Salad

Ditch the taco shells, and go the salad route instead with this easy taco salad. This hearty salad will keep you super full and feeling good about your meal choices.

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Taco Salad
Taco salad is the best kind of salad! With seasoned ground beef, cheese, and avocado, it’s a satisfying meal that’s packed with flavor and sure to fill you up!
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9. Dorito Casserole

If you’re go-to chip to snack on is Doritos, I can guarantee that you will love this Dorito casserole. This ground beef recipe is basically like a riff on taco casserole. It has those great Tex-Mex flavors. However, instead of taco shells or tortilla chips, it subs in Doritos for a burst of flavor.

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Dorito Casserole
Dorito Casserole features layers of crushed Doritos chips, ground beef, and topped with plenty of cheese. Serve this taco casserole any day of the week.
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10. Bisquick Cheeseburger Pie

This is one of the best ground beef recipes when you are short on time and need a hearty weeknight dinner. This Bisquick casserole is one the whole family will enjoy, and it comes together pretty quickly. You can also make it ahead of time, and put it in the freezer until you’re ready to cook!

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Bisquick Cheeseburger Pie
Bisquick Cheeseburger Pie is always a winning dinner! Also known as Impossible Cheeseburger Pie, it’s everything you love in a burger baked into a pie dish!
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11. Hamburger Soup

This hamburger soup is the mashup you never knew you needed but will be so glad you found. Super hearty, this recipe is loaded with beef, veggies, and potatoes to warm you up and keep you full.

Hamburger Soup
This Hamburger Soup Recipe is a quick and easy meal filled with flavor in a soul-warming bowl full of ground beef, potatoes, and veggies.
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Comfort Food Ground Beef Recipes to Try

12. Texas Cowboy Stew

When you need a recipe that will keep everyone happy and full, look no further than this Texas cowboy stew. The stew is a one-pot meal that is full of meat and veggies. Your tastebuds and stomach will be very happy after a big bowl!

Texas Cowboy Stew
Texas Cowboy Stew
This is the recipe for you! A no-fuss, big meal packed full of flavor that you can whip up in no time and with minimal effort, that can satisfy even a bunch of hungry teenaged boys. This meal has everything.
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13. French Onion Beef Casserole

This French onion beef casserole takes all of the best flavors of French onion soup and combines them with ground beef. The result is an out-of-this-world dish! The best of both worlds, this recipe is creamy like soup yet hearty like a classic casserole. It will be a favorite dish you will want to make time and time again.

French Onion Beef Casserole
French Onion Beef Casserole
Our French onion beef casserole combines savory ground beef, egg noodles, and French onion dip to create a warm and filling dish.
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14. Sheet Pan Nachos

Nachos are always a good idea. This recipe makes whipping up a batch of nachos a true breeze. The sheet pan allows for easy construction and clean-up. It’s perfect for everything form weeknight dinners to gameday appetizers!

Sheet Pan Nachos
Sheet pan nachos are going to be your new favorite dinner! No one can resist loaded nachos piled high with seasoned ground beef, cheese, sour cream, and toppings.
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15. Chili Corn Casserole

Turn to this chili cornbread casserole when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands but still want a hearty dinner. It has everything you look for in a big bowl of chili but comes together quickly. Topped with a sweet cornbread crust, the whole family will be practically licking their plates!

Chili Cornbread Casserole
This chili cornbread casserole is a hearty dinner your family will love! Homemade chili is topped with a sweet cornbread crust and cheese, and it all comes together in under an hour.
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16. Chili Mac

Mac and cheese meets seasoned ground beef in this chili mac recipe. It’s savory, cheesy, and made with just a hint of spice. Plus, you can easily make the dish ahead of time and freeze it for later. It’s a lifesaver on busy nights when you just don’t have time to cook!

Chili Mac
Chili Mac
This creamy Chili Mac recipe has thick and flavorful homemade chili combined with classic, creamy macaroni and cheese. This is a meal mashup that your family will want on repeat. It’s perfect for family dinners
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17. Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

This southwest ground beef and sweet potato skillet is a win in so many ways. It only takes one pot to make, comes together in 30 minutes, and is packed with flavor. The dish can be served on its own or next to a serving of rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice to keep things low-carb.

Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet
Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet
Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet is a 30 minute, easy and delicious recipe the whole family will love! It’s all made in one pan, works great for meal prep and there’s so many
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18. Doritos Taco Salad

Say goodbye to bland, boring salads with this Doritos taco salad recipe! You get all the flavor you love of classic tacos with the added flavor burst and crunch of your favorite chips. It’s one salad recipe even the kids will be excited to eat.

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Doritos Taco Salad
This easy, cheesy Doritos Taco Salad recipe is one of those rare salads that kids will actually want to eat! Meal prep + keto options.
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19. Baked Spaghetti

When you can’t choose between a casserole dish and pasta, make baked spaghetti instead. Meaty and cheesy, it’s the ultimate comfort food. Plus, it freezes well. So, you can make a double batch to enjoy later!

Baked Spaghetti
Cheesy baked spaghetti is the perfect meal for when you can’t decide between pasta or a casserole! Spaghetti noodles are combined with a meaty tomato sauce and three types of cheese, then baked in the oven for a kid-friendly dinner.
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20. Texas Toast Sloppy Joes

This Texas toast recipe proves that toast is not just for breakfast. This hearty toast takes garlic bread and loads it up with ground beef sloppy Joes for a true burst of flavor. The recipe takes just 30 minutes to come together, making it perfect for that last-minute meal.

Texas Toast Sloppy Joes
Texas Toast Sloppy Joes
Easy 30 minute Texas Toast Sloppy Joes are the best! Made with scramble fried ground beef, onions, and sauce, spooned onto thick toasted bread, and topped with mozzarella cheese, then baked. Delish!
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21. Stir Fry Ground Beef and Broccoli 

This ground beef and broccoli has all the flavor of your favorite takeout dish and is ready in just 20 minutes! Serve it on its own or with a side of fried rice, steamed rice, or noodles, and you can’t go wrong!

Stir Fry Ground Beef and Broccoli
Stir Fry Ground Beef and Broccoli
This Stir Fry Ground Beef and Broccoli recipe is easy to make in under 20 minutes, and packed with delicous sweet sesame garlic flavor.
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22. Beef Enchiladas

This recipe will make you forget about going out to eat to get beef enchiladas. This homemade version of beef enchiladas is even better than you would get from a restaurant. The best part is that this recipe can be tweaked to your liking! Add different toppings and various fillings to make it your own.

A baking dish full of beef enchiladas with red sauce.
Beef Enchiladas
Making restaurant-style beef enchiladas at home is easier than you think! Tortillas are filled with hearty seasoned ground beef, then smothered in zesty enchilada sauce and melty cheese.
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22. Mexican Cauliflower Rice

This Mexican cauliflower rice keeps all the hearty flavors of traditional Mexican rice. However, it stays light and nutritious thanks to the use of cauliflower. It’s so hearty and filing you won’t even miss the carbs!

A skillet full of Mexican cauliflower rice with a wooden spoon.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
This amazing Mexican Cauliflower Rice is full of tasty seasonings, hearty ground beef, and lots of healthy veggies. It is the perfect one-pot dinner that you can feel good about eating. 
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The Best Ground Beef Recipes For Weeknight Meals

23. Burrito Casserole

Need dinner on the table fast? Go with this burrito casserole dish. It combines everything you love about a classic ground beef burrito into a hearty casserole that’s quick to prepare and easy to eat.

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Burrito Casserole
This burrito casserole is made with juicy Tex-Mex seasoned beef, layered with flour tortillas, cheese, and a secret ingredient that makes the whole dish irresistible. The best part is that you can make this easy burrito casserole in less than 20 minutes!
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24. Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Forget serving tater tots alongside a cheeseburger. With this cheeseburger tater tot casserole, you can have everything in one bite. It’s a dish that the whole family will enjoy.

Cheeseburger tater tot casserole with a serving missing.
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole
This easy cheeseburger tater tot casserole is an entire meal in one pan! It’s made with savory ground beef, lots of cheese, and golden brown tater tots, so it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family. 
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25. Hamburger and Potato Casserole

Hamburger and potatoes are a classic combination. So, it only makes sense that they go together in this hamburger and potato casserole. Do yourself a favor, and double this recipe. Then, store one dish in the freezer for a quick dinner ready to reheat and eat.

A spoon lifting a scoop of hamburger and potato casserole from a baking dish.
Hamburger and Potato Casserole
Hamburger and Potato Casserole is the perfect weeknight meal that the whole family will adore. Layers of creamy hamburger and thinly sliced potatoes bake together to create the best casserole ever!
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26. Air Fryer Meatballs

Ground beef combines with ground pork to make these delicious air fryer meatballs. Cooking the meatballs in the air fryer allows them to stay nice and light. They pair perfectly with a rich sauce and bowl of pasta.

A plate of air fryer meatballs next to a bowl of dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Meatballs
These easy air fryer meatballs are perfectly seasoned, with a delectable crispy exterior and juicy center, making them the best addition to your next bowl of spaghetti!
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27. Crescent Roll Taco Bake

If soft shell tacos are more your thing, you’ll be all over this crescent roll taco bake. It takes everything you love about a traditional taco and rolls it up into a crescent roll. It’s a meal that’s fun to eat and full of savory Tex-Mex flavor.

Crescent roll taco bake with lettuce and sour cream on a plate.
Crescent Roll Taco Bake
Crescent roll taco bake is going to be your family’s new favorite dinner! Soft, buttery crescent roll dough is baked with zesty taco meat, lots of cheese, and all your fave Tex-Mex toppings—perfect for an easy weeknight meal!
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28. Taco Stuffed Shells

Don’t think stuffed shells are just for marinara sauce and ricotta cheese. These taco stuffed shells are a creative cuisine mashup that’s guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.

A plate full of taco stuffed shells.
Taco Stuffed Shells
This taco stuffed shells recipe stuffs the best taco filling into tender jumbo pasta shells. Kids and adults are going to love this fun, easy-to-make meal!
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29. Ground Beef Stroganoff

The next time you are craving something comforting and hearty, whip up this ground beef stroganoff. The ground beef is cooked in a rich, creamy sauce filled with mushrooms and served on top of perfectly cooked egg noodles. Serve it over mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food!

Ground Beef Stroganoff
This hearty Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe cooks ground beef and mushrooms in a creamy, savory sauce that's perfect with tender egg noodles. An especially wonderful cold-weather dish, this meal will satisfy any day of the year!
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30. Cowboy Casserole

If you’ve never had cowboy casserole, get ready to fall in love. The casserole combines ground beef, corn, cheese, and tater tots to make a combination that is out of this world. Just layer everything together, and bake.

Cowboy Casserole
This easy cowboy casserole is simple to make, hearty, and filling. The mix of ground beef, corn, cheese, and tater tots is pure comfort food perfection!
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31. Cheesy Taco Sticks

All you need is 30 minutes to make these cheesy taco sticks come to life. The sticks transform everything you love about a taco into one mouthwatering bite. They’re a fun appetizer or snack that can easily double as a complete meal.

taco sticks stuffed with beef and cheese cut in half on white plate
Cheesy Taco Sticks
Ready in just 30 minutes and perfect for dipping in all your favorite Mexican restaurant-style dips and salsas, these mouthwatering cheesy taco bites are a fun twist on your Taco Tuesday classic.
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