Meat, especially beef, is one of the most important ingredients in anyone’s diet. It’s tasty, it’s nutritional, it’s rather easy to cook. And even though ground beef isn’t the most popular type of meat at the moment, it actually has a lot of advantages compared to other meat products. Most importantly, ground beef is usually cheaper than other cuts, and is extremely versatile – you can use ground beef for hundreds of different recipes. Today you’ll get to know 10 of our favourite recipes featuring ground beef.
Even though burgers can be usually found in the menus of fast-food restaurants, they can be easily made in a home kitchen. The most essential ingredient of a classic burger is a beef patty, made from ground beef, salt and pepper. Additionally you’ll need a bun, cut in half and browned on one side, your favourite condiments like ketchup and mustard, tomato slices, onions, and salad leaves.
2. Beef noodles
Different types of noodles can be found in most modern cuisines, and it’s not surprising. For this recipe you need to cook the noodles separately, at the same time frying some ground beef in a pan with tomato sauce and spices. As soon as the noodles are done, drain them and add them to the pan, mixing everything together until the noodles are covered in tomato cause. Grate some cheese on top and serve.
A classic Italian dish, meatballs have found their way to the plates of the entire world’s population. A traditional meatball recipe calls for ground beef, eggs, a bit of milk, cornstarch, and your favourite spices. Meatballs can be served on their own, or paired with a delicious sauce – tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, cheese sauce, etc.
4. Beef casserole
There are thousands of casserole recipes in the world, but this is one of the best ones and is a favourite among pasta fans. To make this casserole you’ll need freshly boiled pasta, fried ground beef, an onion, tomato sauce, and grated cheese. Mix the ingredients in a baking dish, sprinkle generously with grated cheese, and put into a preheated oven until the cheese is lightly browned.
Kabobs originally come from Morocco and are cooked with lamb, but beef kabobs are equally tasty and easy to make. First prepare the meat by adding minced garlic, herbs, pepper, paprika, and grated onion to ground beef. Then form thick sausages around a wooden skewer and fry above an open fire or in an oven. Serve with flatbread, diced vegetables and sour cream.
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6. Shepherd’s pie
This recipe originates from Great Britain and is a great way to combine two of Nigeria’s favourite ingredients: beef and potatoes. Start by boiling some potatoes and mashing them when they’re done. In the meantime fry some ground beef in a pan. Start assembling the pie: put half of the mashed potatoes into a baking dish, spread some minced carrots and peas, then fried beef, then the rest of the potatoes, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the dish is golden brown.
7. Beef baked potatoes
This is another affordable and highly nutritional dish on our list. The first thing to do is to bake large whole potatoes until they’re tender. While the potatoes are still in the oven, fry some ground beef with a chopped onion. Cut the top off each potato, scoop the inside, mix the scooped potato with fried beef, sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Stuffed peppers
This is a dish that is adored around the globe, and each nation has its own twist for this recipe. A traditional recipe requires big bell peppers, ground beef, cooked rice, and tomato sauce. Fry the beef, mix with spices and rice, cut the top off the peppers, take out the insides, stuff with beef+rice mixture, put into a large pan, and cook on low heat in tomato sauce for about an hour.
9. Meat pies
No Nigerian party or holiday dinner can be imagined without this tasty and easy dish, but you can treat your family to delicious meat pies on a regular day. The recipe couldn’t be more simple: fry the beef along with chopped onions, add your favourite spices, and form small pies with traditional dough.
10. Bolognese sauce
This Italian sauce can turn even the most boring pasta into an exciting dinner. A lot of Bolognese sauce recipes can be overcomplicated, but if you’re simply cooking a weeknight dinner, there’s no need to go overboard. Use ground beef, chopped tomatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, hot pepper, tomato sauce, and red wine. Ready sauce is best served over your favourite pasta or noodles.