Recipes of the week based on ground beef | DeKalb Living

Recently, someone asked me, “What else can I do with ground beef this week besides spaghetti sauce, taco meat, or burgers?” Using cooked ground beef works great in so many recipes and lends itself to a wide variety of cuisines, from Italian and Mexican dishes to Greek and German dishes. Like many families, we get tired of the “same old, same old” every week, but it’s also nice to have a few time-tested recipes that can satisfy even the pickiest members of the family. I’ve come across very few people who actually like Hamburger Helper, so instead of using a “meal helper” box or relying on one of your standard meals this week, try one of these Hamburger Helper recipes. ground beef. A change of pace is exactly what you need.

Easy Homemade Chili

• 1 large onion, chopped

• 2 ¼ lbs. lean ground beef

• 1/8 cup red wine vinegar

• 1 (14.5 oz.) can small diced tomatoes, undrained

• 2 cans (15 oz) tomato sauce

• 1 cup of water

• ½ cup of ketchup

• 1 can (27 oz) pinto beans, drained

• 1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans, drained

• ¼ tsp. brown sugar

• 3 tablespoons. chili powder

• ¾ tsp. garlic salt

• ½ tsp. black pepper

• 1 C. paprika

• A pinch or two of cumin

• ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper

Cook ground beef and chopped onions in a large pot over medium-high heat. Drain the fat. Return to the pan and add the red wine vinegar and cook for one minute. Incorporate all the other ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat; simmer over low heat for at least an hour, up to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with grated cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Burrito Casserole

• 1 lb ground beef

• ¼ cup chopped onion

• 1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix

• 6 large flour tortillas

• 1 (16 oz) refried beans

• 3 cups mixed shredded Mexican cheese or cheddar cheese

• 1 can (10.5 oz) cream of mushroom soup

• ½ cup sour cream

In a skillet, brown the ground beef and onion; drain. Add taco seasoning and stir in refried beans. In a bowl, combine the soup and sour cream. Spread half of the sour cream mixture on the bottom of a baking dish. Tear up three tortillas and spread them over the sour cream mixture. Spoon half of the meat and bean mixture on top. Add 1 cup of cheese on top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese on top and bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Mini meatloaves

• 2 books. Ground beef

• 1 ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

• 1 packet of onion soup mix

• A pinch of ground mustard powder

• 1 small onion, diced

• 2 large eggs

• ¾ cup of breadcrumbs

• ½ cup of water

• 1/3 cup ketchup

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until the ingredients are well incorporated. Shape into 6-8 mini loaves and place on a greased foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until a thermometer inserted in center registers 165 degrees or no pink remains, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Ro-Tel Mexican Linguine

• 1 1/2 lbs. Ground beef

• 8 oz. linguine

• 1 can (10 oz) Rotel sweet tomatoes, undrained

• 1/3 cup diced onion

• 1 clove of garlic, minced

• 1 TABLESPOON. semi-salted butter, plus more for buttering the casserole

• 2 TABLESPOONS. all purpose flour

• 2 cups of milk

• 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese, plus ¼ cup for top

• Salt and pepper to taste

• Garnish with cilantro

In a skillet, brown the ground beef with the onions and garlic; Drain and return to the pan. Add the Ro-Tel tomatoes. In a pot of boiling water, cook the linguini for about 6 minutes; drain, rinse with water and set aside. Melt butter in a pan. Stir in the flour. Add milk and whisk until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted. Mix ground beef, linguine and cheese sauce together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into a buttered gratin dish. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until it begins to bubble. Sprinkle additional cheese on top and garnish with fresh cilantro.

– Amy Fischer lives in Fort Payne, Alabama and is a Southern cooking enthusiast who enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating tasty recipes. You can contact her at

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