Thursday, February 28, 2013

More Things to Do With Ground Beef

Need more ideas for things to cook with ground beef? Here's another collection of recipes from Deep South Dish blog to give you some inspiration!

More Things to Do With Ground Beef

Previously, I brought you a round-up of 25 Terrific Recipes to Make with Ground Beef and so many of you found it a convenient post to refer back to, that you asked for an updated list. I've added 23 more recipes from the website here for you to browse through at your convenience.

Some are very basic, some are older recipes from back before I even dreamed the sporadic food posts on my little original blog would become a bigger forum. Some recipes you may recognize, some you may have missed or forgotten about, but along with the first series, these should help to give you a well rounded reference point of some more things to do with ground beef, when you're looking for some inspiration. If you missed the first series, visit here to check them out!

Speaking of ground beef... although I don't always specify, for many recipes where I indicate ground beef, I typically use ground chuck, because I think that it's the most flavorful of all the ground beef. Of course it tastes great - it's loaded with fat! Since the fat is rendered out, I use it most often when precooking ground beef for a casserole or skillet dish, and always in my beef hamburgers. Whenever I can get rid of the excess fat, but retain the flavor, I favor ground chuck.

Lesser expensive regular ground beef is also perfectly appropriate for many of those same dishes, so use what your budget will allow. Since the excess fat is being either rendered out, or drained off, most ground beef varieties can be interchanged. Do be aware that some of those may contain lean finely textured beef (LFTB), the controversial pink slime we've all heard about. Some stores are voluntarily labeling their ground beef products to indicate there is "No LFTB," so if you are concerned about it, check the labels for those markings. {Thank you Rouses!}

For dishes that cook from a raw state such as a large meatloaf, I generally prefer a leaner ground beef such as sirloin, which I enhance with finely minced vegetables to help the leaner cut retain moisture. I love ground chuck, and have used it in meatloaf, but it is the higher fat content of the family of ground beef, and I just don't like the idea of my food swimming in all that accumulated fat as it cooks, if I can avoid some of that.

Skillet Lasagna

A quick and easy skillet version of lasagna, combining ground beef with onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, mozzarella, cottage cheese - or ricotta if you prefer - and broken lasagna noodles. All the flavor without all the time and effort.

Basic Ground Beef American Goulash

I have a great jazzed up Deep South version of goulash, but this is the more familiar old school, basic American goulash - a quick and easy ground beef, macaroni and tomato skillet meal. Stir in 1/2 cup of cubed Velveeta for a cheesy version.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

A moist meatloaf made with lean ground beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic and a crushed saltine binder, cooked in the slow cooker. Shown here with everyday mashed potatoes and southern green beans.

Hobo Stew

Hobo Stew, made with ground beef, potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, beef stock, diced tomatoes and V-8 vegetable juice.

Beef Enchilada Casserole

Layers of corn tortillas with ground beef, enchilada sauce, cheese and other delicious seasonings, in a quick and easy casserole form.

Salisbury Steaks

A diner classic and a long-held family favorite, Salisbury steaks made from ground beef and a few seasonings, takes a shortcut with mushroom soup for gravy.

Beef Chili with Beans

A ground beef chili, made with ground chuck, onion, peppers, basic chili seasonings, and beans.

Creole Meatballs on Po'boys

Meaty, garlicky, beef and pork meatballs, shown here served on po'boy bread, dressed with a Creole sauce made from The Trinity and tomatoes, and topped with shredded Mozzarella cheese. Use these meatballs anyplace you usually do - with spaghetti, in sauces, casseroles, on sandwiches, alone or as an appetizer.

Beefy French Bread Pizza

French bread pizza, made with a mixture of ground beef, onion, bell pepper, Parmesan cheese & pizza sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese, spread on top of French bread and baked for gooey goodness! Great as a party appetizer or for a meal at home.

Shipwreck Casserole

Shipwreck casserole is a super easy to put together, layered casserole, made with ground beef, onions, potatoes, and veggies - here I used carrots, bell pepper and celery - and added a layer of rice.

7 Can Taco Soup

Seven can taco soup is such a quick and easy soup to throw together, with a well stocked pantry you can whip it up in no time.

Cajun Dirty Rice

Authentic dirty rice usually contains gizzards & livers, or some other form of giblets, but don't fret if you don't like them. You can simply increase the beef or pork and still have a wonderful meal. Take it easy on the Cajun seasoning though - add a little, taste and adjust!

Creole Meatloaf

A tender and tasty meatloaf, infused with the trinity, seared and cooked in a roux based tomato gravy.

Cajun Beef and Pork Boulettes

Cajun Beef Boulettes, a well seasoned beef and pork meatball, loaded with veggies and simmered in a roux based gravy. Boulettes usually include a little surprise of garlic, button mushroom or even an olive tucked up inside.

Stir Fried Cabbage with Ground Beef

A simple stir fry of ground beef, cabbage and rice, it's quick, easy and delicious!

Homemade No Bean Chili

A nice, thick highly seasoned, no beans, ground beef chili.

Ground Beef Casserole

A nicely seasoned, basic macaroni casserole made with ground beef, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Rotel tomatoes, Velveeta and sliced Provolone cheeses.

Hamburger Hot Dish

A basic ground beef casserole.

Pepper Jack Stuffed Burgers

Burgers stuffed with Pepper Jack cheese and flavored with an all purpose sauce like Country Bob's.

Meatball and Stuffing Bake

A casserole of meatballs, topped with green peas, a cream soup gravy and stuffing.

Onion Burgers

Juicy and delicious onion burgers made using an envelope of onion soup mix, tomato sauce and Worcestershire, are a long loved classic.

Easy Beef Nachos

Layered tortilla chips, with seasoned ground beef, cheese and topped with all of your favorite nacho toppings - chopped onion, tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives, sour cream, or choose your own favorite toppings.

American Shepherd's Pie

American Shepherd's Pie, known elsewhere around the world as Cottage Pie, made with ground beef, veggies, seasonings, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. It's a great way to use leftovers!

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