Meal Planning: 40 Recipes for Ground Beef

If you’ve been following my meal planning, then you know I have a different once a month cooking style than most. Rather than making the entire meal ahead and freezing it, I often just do the prep work. So if I want to have stir fry this month, I’ll cut the meat up, combine it with the marinade and freeze. When dinnertime arrives, much of the messy and time consuming part of the meal is done, but I have the advantage of a fresh tasting meal! Another advantage is that I can alter the recipe. With traditional once-a-month cooking, you often triple or quadruple a recipe and cook it completely. That means less work at mealtime, but you have to suffer meal-rerun-itis.

So today, I have compiled a list of delicious and mom-tested recipes that call for ground beef. During my once a month cooking sessions, I’ll be cooking loads of ground beef and freezing it in mealsize portions. Then each week I’ll take a look at this list to see what sounds appealing and/or calls for ingredients that are on sale! Imagine how smoothly dinnertime will go when the ground beef is cooked ahead for these recipes! I’ll be referring to this list each month when I post my make ahead meal plan, and I would LOVE to include your favorite ground beef recipe! Please email it to momsbyheartatgmaildotcom
Here goes:

  1. Crock Pot Chili
  2. Taco Bagel Bites
  3. Crock Pot Cheeseburgers
  4. Microwave Mexican Manicotti
  5. Burrito Pie
  6. Szechuan Noodles With Spicy Beef Sauce
  7. Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake
  8. Cheesy Burger Mac
  9. Easy DIY Sloppy Joe Sauce
  10. Pizza Bagels
  11. Taco Loaf
  12. Burritos
  13. Beef Casserole
  14. Beef Enchiladas
  15. Siesta Fiesta Pie
  16. 30 Minute Spaghetti Sauce
  17. Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
  18. Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup in a Crock Pot (Copycat)
  19. Make Ahead Southwest Cattle Rancher’s Pie
  20. Crock Pot Taco Soup
  21. Pizza Snack Cups
  22. Awesome Hot Dog Chili Sauce
  23. Easy Taco Casserole
  24. Pizza Roll-UpsĀ 
  25. Tijuana Train Wreck
  26. Deep-Dish Pizza Casserole
  27. Taco Casserole
  28. Mexican Stuffed Shells
  29. Hamburger with Mushroom Cream Sauce
  30. Crock Pot Stacked Enchiladas
  31. Taco Salad
  32. Cheeseburger Wraps
  33. Cheesy Mostaccioli
  34. Taco Spaghetti
  35. Mini Tacos
  36. Taco Junk
  37. Southwestern Baked Spaghetti
  38. Beef, Macaroni and Tomato Casserole
  39. Pizza Burgers
  40. Easy Pizza Pasta Casserole

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  1. Thanks for the list of ground beef recipes. I like the idea of OAMC, but I'm trying to find the right mix of fresh and frozen dinners. I still enjoy cooking and want to express that creativity on some nights. Other nights I want to pop in a casserole and put dinner on auto-pilot.

  2. Love your menus and OAMC posts!! My question is this: what do you find to cook 6 lbs of beef in at once? My pan fits 3, maybe, with tons of spill-overs. If you have time to respond, that would be great. scrmbld (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks!

  3. says:

    Hi Nikki!

    I have two pans going at once. The ones I use are 12" skillets with the tall sides. Sometimes they call them "Fryers". Works great for large batches like this =)

  4. Such a great idea! When you brown your ground beef, do add anything to it? Like spices, or onion?
    Thanks for all the awesome tips on your blog!

  5. Thank you for the ideas! I get so tired making the same things over and over. I just found a few new recipes to try, thank you!