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Things to do with ground beef.

Ground beef, aka hamburger, aka mince is a terribly flexible item. I'm just trying to find some more things to do with it, to expand my horizons.

-Hamburgers (duh)
-Meatballs (swedish and italian)
-Beef stroganoff
-Spagetti Bolanais (ie meat-sauce spagetti)
-Hamburger Helper of all sorts, with or without modifications

I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting, but what's your favorite thing to do with it? What about the other ground meats (pork, chicken, turkey)?


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Feb. 19th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Nachos! Quesadillas!
Stuffed bell peppers and other gourds!

Ground pork = breakfast burritos for sure.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
i'm pretty fond of stuffed green peppers with beef (or turkey :) ), as well as taco salads, crumbled beef on a baked potato and chili with ground beef, turkey, venison, and then some stew meat as well tossed in.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
A couple of other ideas:
-Chili is always good with ground beef, chicken or turkey. Not to mention it freezes well, so you can make a big batch and save it for later.
-Also sweet and sour meatballs are good with ground beef alone, or a combo of ground beef and sausage.
-Potstickers are another alternative. I've made them with ground beef, ground pork and ground turkey in the past.
Feb. 19th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Shepherd's Pie

Also the Bisquick Impossible Cheeseburger Pie (recipes are on their web site)
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
I really like Waikiki Meatballs.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
I guess it's similar to hamburger helper, but we do all sorts of versions of "ghoulash" with ground meat. Rice or pasta, meat or beans (or both), veggies, spice, onions, sometimes cheese. It's one of my favorite things to do at the end of the month when we're poorer, but my husband loves it so much he asks for it at other times.


We like to "navajo tacos" with indian fry bread.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Picadillo (Cuban Beef Hash) (I add 2 potatoes cubed)

Edited at 2008-02-19 03:15 am (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
=O I heart your icon.
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
damn, and I'm going to Miami this weekend :-)
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well, While you're here, you won't have any problem finding Picadillo. :)
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Someone else already said chili. It's also good in a vegetable soup. Scalloped potatoes with some extra cheese and ground beef is pretty good, too.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Sloppy joes!
I've recently learned to love them after loathing as a kid. I do 2lbs of ground turkey (beef as well) 1-2 packets of onion soup, some tomato "sauce" the puree sort (er, 2 cans, the 8oz size I believe from costco) splashes of red win vinigar and balsamic, salt pepper and garlic powder, etc.

Cook in crockpot for couple hours, stirring occasionally, my oval shaped one is prone to burn otherwise.

Throw in some chili, cumin, and paprika and use in lieu of taco beef or put on tortillas with cheese and toppings and make quesadillas!

I've added the sloppy joe turkey mix to tomato sauce for pasta too. Very flexible, freezeable, quick to make and makes many easy dishes to boot!
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
I spice meat in interesting ways and fold it into pizza dough with a turnover mold. Today, in fact, I cooked hamburger with onion, garlic, cinnamon,black pepper, nutmeg, and marjoram, drained and cooled it, mixed it with sharp cheddar cheese, and folded it into garlic pizza dough, glazed them with egg, and baked them.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
filling for wontons in wonton soup. That's what I use ground turkey for anyway. I recommend browning it before putting it in a wrapper though... boiled ground meat just isn't that appetizing for some reason.
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
dont' forget chili , stuffed green peppers, stuffed cabbage or cabbage rolls
Feb. 19th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
didn't I give you mom's stuffed cabbage recipe?
lion's head meatballs
Salisbury steak
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yeah, you did. Like I said, I probably forgot some stuff. XD
Feb. 19th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Chow mein!
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Feb. 19th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
i thought döner was made with stacked, sliced meat, like gyros?
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Feb. 19th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
mmmm donor.. man I miss shoarma from NL..
Feb. 19th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
stroganoff? i've only ever made it with actual beef chunks. i shall consider this new development.

the first thing i would've done is bolognese. and add a little ground veal, too.
Feb. 19th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Sometimes I make a dish like spanakopita that has ground chicken or turkey in it (new volume of cheese + volume of bird parts = original volume of cheese), and a combination of ground beef, broccoli, and cheese in a pastry crust is also quite tasty.

But I don't buy ground meat in the store. It's often much cheaper to buy a large amount of meat and throw it in a blender or food processir -- and then I can freeze ten pounds of ground meat in portion sizes that make more sense to my cooking style than do the packages I find in the store. /thriftybastard

Feb. 19th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
That is, a food processor, (>.< ).
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
There was a Lebanese dish that I had once with ground meat- kibbe. I remember it was very good.
Feb. 19th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
ground meat mixed with bulger wheat. yummy when served raw too btw.
Feb. 19th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
I make Hamburger Soup. I use the crock pot and mix the following:
1 lb cooked and rinsed ground beef
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 lb frozen mixed veggies (carrots, peas, corn, green beans)
1/2 diced red onion
beef stock (or water with beef oxo) to fill crock pot
spices to taste. I tend to use garlic powder (for soup I prefer powder to fresh), salt and pepper, and then whatever tickles my fancy after letting it cook for a few hours.

It's great fresh and freezes well in gladware type containers for lunches.
Feb. 19th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
I tried making stroganoff with ground beef once and just wasn't happy with the result. The texture of the chunks just made too big a difference. It even seemed to TASTE better in cube form.
Feb. 19th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
I grew up on the ground-beef sort, so the chunky type was a novelty. :)
Feb. 19th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
My roommate is from Puerto Rico and she always makes this one dish. It's a little strange sounding, but it tastes really good.

You cook up the ground beef and add some goya spice. I'm not positive as to what it is, but it comes in a box. Cook some rice. Then mix the meat and rice and top with sliced bananas. For some reason the bananas go really well with it. If you don't want to do that, we also add black beans to it.

It's just a quick and different thing to do.
Feb. 19th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Jamaican Macaroni, mon!
This is one of my faves - it's from Desperation Dinners!

Jamaican Macaroni

2 cups (8 oz) elbow macaroni
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 cup sliced carrots
1 large green bell pepper
1 large onion
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Cook the macaroni as directed on the box.

Chop the carrots in 1/4 inch circles, then seed & chop the bell pepper.

Cook the meat in a skillet over high heat. Break up the meat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, finish slicing the carrots and chopping the bell pepper. When the meat is partially browned add the carrots and bell pepper to the skillet &stir well. Peel and coarsely chop the onion, adding it to the skillet as you chop.

Add the tomatoes and their juice, the Worcestershire, garlic powder, seasoning salt, black pepper, and the hot pepper sauce.

Stir well, then continue to cook, stirring frequently, to soften the vegetables and thicken the sauce, 7 minutes more.

As soon as the macaroni is tender, drain it and set aside until the sauce is thick. Then add it to the skillet, stir well to coat with sauce and serve.
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