From meatballs to burgers to stir-fry, ground beef is one of the most versatile—and delicious—meat products out there. Plus, it’s inexpensive and family-friendly, which gives us even more reason to love it. That’s why we’re sharing 20 different ways to cook with ground beef, starting with the Skillet Chili Nachos, pictured here. Corn tortilla chips are layered on the bottom of a cast iron skillet and are topped with beef chili, black beans, and shredded cheddar cheese. The whole dish is baked until bubbly and warm.
If you’re looking for a dinner recipe to make with ground beef, try our “Steak and Egg” Skillet Pizza, inspired by the classic breakfast order. Homemade pizza dough is topped with sautéed ground beef and cracked eggs. It bakes in a cast iron skillet until the crust is crisp, cheese is melted, and eggs have set. This fun, family-friendly meal is a delicious change from the usual margarita or pepperoni.
Of course, ground beef lends itself to several Italian-American staples, such as Lasagna with Meat Sauce (ours is made with both ground beef and sweet Italian sausage), our Test Kitchen’s Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs (so you can have your own Lady and the Tramp moment), or Grandma’s Bolognese, which is hearty and extra flavorful thanks to the addition of pancetta and dried porcini mushrooms. Serve the latter over thick noodles such as pappardelle or tagliatelle for a spectacular dinner.
Switch up your dinner routine any night of the week with these ground beef recipes.