Ground beef is one of those ingredients you can use to make just about anything, from burgers to stir fry. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a stash in your freezer for nights when you just don’t know what to whip up. If you’re in need of tasty meal ideas that will come together in no time at all, check out our collection of some of the best ground beef recipes you can make every day of the week.
We have recipes for when you barely feel like being in the kitchen and recipes for when you want to go all out and make something delicious with just a few ingredients. Keep in mind, though: You can use any of these recipes as a base, and let your creativity take over from there to work with whatever you have in your fridge.
It’s time to get excited about your meal plan. Here are our favorite ground beef recipes for a whole week’s worth of eating.
Sunday: copycat Taco Bell beef
Sunday is the perfect time to start preparing for the week ahead. Your calendar is likely jam-packed, which means you may not have the time to make every meal from scratch. That’s why we’re pretty obsessed with this recipe for copycat Taco Bell beef, and you will be, too. Not only does it taste delicious, but you can use it as the base in a wide variety of recipes. Whether you plan on preparing tacos, burritos, or a fresh salad, this beef will pair perfectly with it. Make a big batch and store it in the fridge for the week.
Monday: lettuce wraps
Oh, Mondays — we all know how grueling they can be. It’s your first day back at work or classes after a great weekend, and the last thing you want to do is prepare an elaborate meal. At the same time, you probably want to eat something fresh and tasty. That’s where these lettuce wraps come into play. They’re simple to make, and they’ll only take 30 minutes to throw together. Plus, they’re super flavorful and filled with veggies, so they’ll leave you feeling great and ready to tackle the rest of the week.
Tuesday: one-pot stuffed bell peppers
Tuesdays are also pretty busy. It’s still the beginning of the week, and you may have plans after work or classes. Because of that, it makes sense to keep things simple. That’s just what these one-pot stuffed bell peppers will help you do. You won’t believe how easy they are to make, and you don’t have to dirty up a bunch of dishes in order to cook them. They’re also low in carbs if that’s what you’re looking for in a meal.
Wednesday: slow cooker chili
Your slow cooker is your best friend when you want to savor something warm and hearty without much fuss. Simply set it up with your ingredients, and be on your way while it cooks throughout the day. When you’re ready to eat, your tasty meal will be sitting there waiting for you. If you’re on the hunt for something that’s filling and also freezes well, you need to try our slow cooker chili recipe. It’s the ultimate protein-packed dish for the middle of the week.
Thursday: easy sloppy joes
Another recipe that will upgrade your week is easy sloppy joes. This meal may seem like it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare, but when you follow our recipe, that’s not the case. It actually comes together quite quickly, meaning that it’s an ideal choice for a weeknight staple. The best part? You can make a big batch of this yummy meat and freeze some of it to enjoy later. When next week rolls around, you’ll have a dinner that’s even easier to make. Just take it out of the freezer to defrost, heat it up, and you’re ready to go.
Friday: Mexican shepherd’s pie
It’s Friday, and you want to celebrate. So, why not try a delicious spin on one of your favorite dishes? You’re going to love this Mexican shepherd’s pie. It features many of the Mexican flavors you love, except they’re all incorporated into a traditional shepherd’s pie. Once you take a bite, you’ll totally understand how all the flavors work together. If you’re looking for a solid start to your weekend, you can’t go wrong with this meal.
Saturday: Salisbury steak
Salisbury steak is one of those comforting recipes that just feels like home. It’s a way to enjoy a "steak" without the hefty price tag. And while it takes some time to prepare, it’s totally worth it if you want to enjoy a special meal with your family on the weekend. Try this Salisbury steak recipe, and we can almost guarantee that it will be a major hit in your house. Just don’t forget to slather it with plenty of gravy.