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22 Cheap Dinner Ideas That Start With A Pound Of Ground Beef

Think beyond burgers.

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1. One Skillet Baked Ziti

Toss the whole skillet into the oven for an extra-cheesy baked pasta recipe the whole family will love. Get the recipe.
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Toss the whole skillet into the oven for an extra-cheesy baked pasta recipe the whole family will love. Get the recipe.

2. Sheet Pan Green Chile Beef Nachos

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You can make these nachos on a single sheet pan so there's virtually no mess. Oh, and they take 30 minutes from start to finish. Get the recipe.

3. Taco Grilled Cheese

You shouldn't have to choose between comfort foods. Get the recipe.
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You shouldn't have to choose between comfort foods. Get the recipe.

4. Zucchini Beef Skillet

Whip up this six-ingredient breakfast hash for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe.
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Whip up this six-ingredient breakfast hash for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe.

5. Ground Beef Empanadas

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Grab some puff pastry dough and a pound of ground beef and you're halfway to dinner. Get the recipe.

6. Korean Beef Bowls with Veggies

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Forget the takeout in favor of these 30-minute Korean beef bowls. The beef gets stir-fried in a spicy sauce made with soy sauce, brown sugar, sriracha, and sesame oil, then tossed with rice and veggies for a filling one-bowl meal. Get the recipe.

7. Skillet Shepherd's Pie

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There's only 15 minutes of prep time required to make this comforting winter recipe. Get the recipe.

8. Mexican Beef Bowls

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The base of these filling bowls is made of rice and ground beef, but the best part is that you can mix and max any of your favorite Tex-Mex toppings like tortilla strips, avocado, pico de gallo, and jalapeƱo. Get the recipe.

9. Greek Burgers with Spinach, Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Burger night just got a whole lot better with this Mediterranean recipe. Plus, these flavorful beef patties call for just five ingredients. Get the recipe.

10. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

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Make a huge batch of this 30-minute cheesy, chili goodness, then keep some frozen for cozy, winter nights. Get the recipe.

11. Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps

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If lettuce wraps aren't filling enough, you could also serve this stir-fry Asian beef like mu-shu beef in flour tortillas or piled high with veggies over rice. Get the recipe.

12. Taco Pizza

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Start with store-bought crescent rolls and then pile on all your favorite taco toppings. Get the recipe.

13. Lasagna Soup

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As if lasagna weren't comforting enough, try making it in cheesy, piping-hot soup form. Get the recipe.

14. Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry

This simple stir-fry sauce made with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and sriracha would take any weeknight dinner to the next level. Get the recipe.
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This simple stir-fry sauce made with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and sriracha would take any weeknight dinner to the next level. Get the recipe.

15. 20-Minute Thai Beef Basil Bowls

Honey, fish sauce, sesame oil, sweet Thai chili sauce, and lime juice take these beef bowls from basic to anything but. Get the recipe.
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Honey, fish sauce, sesame oil, sweet Thai chili sauce, and lime juice take these beef bowls from basic to anything but. Get the recipe.

16. Slow Cooker Lasagna

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This recipe couldn't be simpler. Just layer ground beef, noodles, marinara sauce,

and plenty of cheese in your slow cooker. Then let dinner cook itself. Get the recipe.

17. Crock Pot Beef Chili

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Just toss your ingredients into the Crock-Pot and wait. Get the recipe.

18. Pappardelle With Beef Bolognese

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Nothing spices up pasta night like homemade bolognese sauce featuring ground beef, veggies, crushed tomatoes, and herbs simmered to perfection. Get the recipe.

19. Swedish Meatballs

You could take an impromptu trip to Ikea...or whip up this Scandinavian comfort food in your own kitchen. Get the recipe.
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You could take an impromptu trip to Ikea...or whip up this Scandinavian comfort food in your own kitchen. Get the recipe.

20. Sloppy Joe Tacos

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Give taco Tuesday a makeover with this sloppy Joe style filling, made with beef cooked in Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and brown sugar. Get the recipe.

21. Bibimbap

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This classic Korean dish is made with jasmine rice, ground beef, carrots, spinach, cucumbers, and kimchi, but you can easily mix and match any of your favorite grains, veggies, and proteins. Get the recipe.

22. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Get creative: You can substitute rice for any grain like quinoa or farro and you can also load these stuffed peppers with any of your favorite toppings like corn, cilantro, and Cotija cheese. Get the recipe.
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Get creative: You can substitute rice for any grain like quinoa or farro and you can also load these stuffed peppers with any of your favorite toppings like corn, cilantro, and Cotija cheese. Get the recipe.

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