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12 Easy Ground Beef Recipes (Cheap Weeknight Dinner Ideas!)

Why do they always want dinner? 😫
If you’re like me, at the end of a long work day, the last thing you want to hear from your kiddos is “Hey Mommmmmmm (or Dad!) what’s for dinner? Oh how those three words crush my soul, didn’t I just feed y’all yesterday? 🙄

So you head to the fridge to figure out what to make, you’ve got ground beef but have made tacos so many times that the kids are giving side-eye and you’ve run out of dinner recipe ideas.

Friends, today I’m here to rescue you with 12 easy to make dinner ideas using ground beef! You may even impress your family by changing it up.

I mean, I could eat tacos ALL DAY, EVERY DAY and never get tired, but these teenagers over here at my house have opinions and they just aren’t always on the taco train with me. So grab your ground beef and make one of these yummy recipes for dinner tonight!

Here are 12 delicious and easy ways to use ground beef in your cooking!

1. Instant Pot Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce
You’ve gotta check out these insanely delicious cheesy stuffed shells with meat sauce that you can make entirely in an Instant Pot! Yep, there’s no boiling the noodles first, which saves a step and makes this meal super smart and efficient.

2. Easy Four Cheese Baked Ziti
Sometimes you just need a cheesy, gooey, comforting pasta casserole type dish to dive into at the end of a long day, and this easy four-cheese baked ziti recipe will not disappoint! From your favorite spaghetti sauce to the creamy cheese throughout every bite, everyone in your family will be asking for seconds — it is THAT good!

3. Instant Pot Meat Loaf & Mashed Potatoes 
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes have always been one of my family’s favorite combos and this is a genius way to cook both foods together at the same time using an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Want to keep it low carb? Try this Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf recipe from our sister site Hip2Keto.

4. Easy Week Night Enchiladas
If you’re in the mood for enchiladas on a busy weeknight, check out these easy and delicious red enchiladas that are full of flavor and sure to please your family. Or, check out this yummy low carb beef enchilada recipe from Hip2Keto.

5. Hamburger Sliders
Ground beef often means burgers, but that’s not a bad thing! I love the concept of hamburger sliders since you can cook up all of the patties in a baking dish to create enough mini cheeseburgers to feed the whole fam! Um, brilliant! 😄

6. Instant Pot Hamburger Stroganoff
Looking for comfort food? This Instant Pot Hamburger Stroganoff recipe is IT. The sautéed ground beef and creamy mushroom sauce blend together to create the ultimate savory pasta dish.

7. Homemade IKEA Swedish Meatballs
You can now make the famous IKEA Swedish Meatballs in your kitchen at home because our beloved furniture chain released their actual Swedish Meatballs recipe via Twitter, complete with those iconic illustrated instructions! YUMMO!

8. Taco Soup
You’ve gotta make this delicious and oh so creamy Keto Taco Soup in your Crockpot! It has all the bold flavors of tacos in a comforting, hearty soup, and is super convenient to make any day of the week using your slow cooker.

Everyone in your family – keto and non-keto eaters, will LOVE this recipe because it’s that YUMMY!

9. 10-Minute Kid-Approved Sloppy Joes
Try this yummy no-fuss homemade Sloppy Joe recipe that’s a favorite in our house! It’s a simple, last-minute meal that’s easy to throw together in a rush and uses common pantry ingredients. Want to make a keto version? Check out this Sloppy Joe recipe from Hip2Keto.

10. Easy Air Fryer Empanadas
Try making these quick and simple air fryer ground beef empanadas as a delicious snack or main dish recipe using your air fryer!

11. Taco Rice & Beans One-Skillet Casserole
If your hungry crew loves Mexican inspired meals, make this family favorite Taco Rice and Beans One-Skillet Casserole. If you want to keep it low carb, give this Keto Tex-Mex Hamburger Casserole a try!

12. Wendy’s Copycat Chili
If you’re a Wendy’s chili fan, you’re in luck as this killer knock-off recipe really hits the spot! We even hopped in our Hip2Keto test kitchen and whipped up a low carb version for all of you out there living the keto life!

If you’re eating keto, be sure to browse all of our low-carb ground beef recipes at Hip2Keto!