Switching up the dinner game just got easier with these ground beef recipes that are both wallet-friendly and far from boring. These meals bring a burst of flavor to the table, pleasing everyone without requiring hours in the kitchen. From savory skillets to comforting soups, there’s something here to make weeknight dinners something to look forward to.

Mexican ground beef skillet recipe with melted cheese.
Mexican Ground Beef Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Spicy Beef and Red Pepper Rice Bowl

Spicy beef and red pepper rice bowl topped with a fried egg over white rice.
Spicy Beef and Red Pepper Rice Bowl. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This spicy beef and red pepper rice bowl is a quick dinner option that brings the heat. Topped with a runny egg, it’s a perfect pick for an easy, budget-friendly meal that’s far from boring.
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Burger Bowls

Burger bowl with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and special sauce.
Burger Bowls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Get all the flavors of a fast-food burger without the drive-thru. These burger bowls with a homemade sauce are a healthier spin on a classic, making for a fun and easy dinner.
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Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet

Ground beef cabbage stir fry in a bowl with chopsticks.
Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Mix it up with a ground beef and cabbage skillet that’s got plenty of spice and everything nice. In 30 minutes, you have a meal that’s easy on the budget and keeps dinner interesting.
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Italian Tomato Pasta Soup

Italian tomato soup with pasta in a mug with a spoon.
Italian Tomato Pasta Soup. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Cozy up with a bowl of Italian tomato pasta soup, filled with ground beef, sausage, and veggies. It’s a perfect choice for a comforting dinner that’s easy to make and easy on the budget.
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Beef Kafta

Beef Kafta on a plate with veggies.
Beef Kafta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Try something new with beef kafta, a Middle Eastern dish that’s simple but packed with flavor. It’s a great pick for an affordable meal that’s different from the usual.
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BBQ Beef Beet Burgers

BBQ beef beet burger topped with avocado goat cheese, red onion, lettuce and tomato.
BBQ Beef Beet Burgers. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These BBQ beef and beet burgers are a fresh take on a classic, topped with avocado and goat cheese. They’re a great choice for an easy dinner that’s both cost-effective and a crowd-pleaser.
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Bomb Meatloaf

Meatloaf on a white plate cut into slices with fresh parsley garnish.
Bomb Meatloaf. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This meatloaf could be the best you’ve ever had, with a juicy inside and a sweet and tangy glaze. It’s easy to make and perfect for a comforting, affordable family dinner.
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Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

Ground beef and sweet potato skillet.
Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This easy one-pan meal mixes ground beef and sweet potatoes with a Southwestern kick. Great for a budget-friendly dinner that’s simple to prepare and leaves everyone asking for seconds.
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Mexican Ground Beef Skillet

Mexican ground beef skillet recipe with melted cheese.
Mexican Ground Beef Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Spice up dinner with this Mexican ground beef skillet, ready in 30 minutes. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to bring a lot of flavor to the table without any hassle.
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Ground Beef Pasta Skillet

Ground beef pasta skillet garnished with parsley.
Ground Beef Pasta Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Whip up this ground beef pasta in less than 30 minutes for a meal that seems like it cooked all day. Perfect for a quick, affordable family dinner that won’t disappoint.
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Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground beef stir fry in a skillet.
Ground Beef Stir Fry. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Quick and loaded with veggies, this ground beef stir fry comes together fast with a homemade sauce. A great way to beat takeout, it’s easy on the wallet and big on taste.
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