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Cheap and Easy Ground Beef Recipes

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Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa. Make it a Meal: Serve with fresh cilantro, red onion and Monterey Jack. Add your favorite hot sauce.

» Beef & Bean Chile Verde

Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

This diner classic gets a makeover by replacing some of the ground beef with finely chopped portobello mushrooms, which add moisture and flavor. We like a smear of pickle relish on top, but you could try chutney, mustard or hot pepper relish in its place. Make it a Meal: Round out the plate with Oven Sweet Potato Fries and Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

» Portobello & Beef Patty Melt

Neapolitan Meatballs

A touch of cinnamon distinguishes these delicious tomato-sauced meatballs. Adding whole-grain bulgur allows you to use less meat, resulting in meatballs with less than half the total fat and saturated fat of the original. Plus a vibrant-tasting combination of fresh and canned tomatoes in the sauce helps reduce the sodium by two-thirds. Serve with pasta, polenta or even on a whole-grain roll with a bit of melted part-skim mozzarella for a meatball sub.

» Neapolitan Meatballs

Classic Hamburger

Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean beef burgers. A quick blend of mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar makes a perfect tangy, sweet and creamy “special sauce” for this burger. We love the dill relish here, but use sweet relish if you prefer it. Serve with sweet potato fries.

» Classic Hamburger

Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.

» Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

Quick Pasta Bolognese

Who doesn’t love pasta with a quick meat sauce? This crowd-pleasing healthy spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a boon for busy cooks—it’s ready and on the table in just 40 minutes.

» Quick Pasta Bolognese

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Do you like bacon cheeseburgers? Try this healthy meatloaf recipe packed with bacon and Cheddar cheese. It has all the flavor of a bacon cheeseburger with none of the guilt.

» Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf


Delicious, healthy and cheap recipes for ground beef for under $3 a serving.

Inexpensive and versatile, ground beef is perfect for many delicious quick meals. And since it’s a great source of protein, iron and vitamin B12, lean ground beef is a healthy choice as well! Many of these easy and cheap ground beef recipes are healthier versions of comfort-food favorites, such as burgers, casseroles and meatloaf, that will please the whole family. At $3 or less per serving, these cheap recipes using ground beef will help you stick to your grocery budget too.

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Cheap Ground Beef Recipes Under $3 Per Serving

The original Salisbury steak was named after a popular late...
Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños...
Just a bit of spicy chorizo sausage adds lots of flavor to...
Cincinnati has a unique spin on chili—they serve it over...
This healthy burger recipe features a spicy fajita burger...
A touch of cinnamon distinguishes these delicious tomato-...
Reminiscent of the stuffed cabbage of yore, the mild flavor...
We braise these spicy beef meatballs and Chinese cabbage in...

Cheap Ground Beef Recipes Under $2.50 Per Serving

In revisiting this classic, we put the meat back in the “...
Slow-cooked onions add moisture and flavor to these lean...
Try this thick main-dish soup—full of chickpeas, tomatoes,...
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for...
Picadillo, which means “small bits and pieces,” is a sweet-...
This diner classic gets a makeover by replacing some of the...
In Greece, moussaka is made with beef or lamb, layers of...
Kids and adults alike will love these quick, zippy burgers...
Stuffed tomatoes are classic comfort food. Serve with a...

Cheap Ground Beef Recipes Under $2 Per Serving

Do you like bacon cheeseburgers? Try this healthy meatloaf...
While meatloaf purists focus on the meat, we like to look...
Meltingly sweet onions top these beef-and-bulgur patties.
Individual meatloaves not only take the guesswork out of...
The EatingWell Test Kitchen takes lean ground beef and...
Traditionally meat pie recipes are made with mostly ground...
Our updated Sloppy Joe takes lean ground beef and adds...
Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the...
Use a spicy, not-too-sweet barbecue sauce in this beef and...
Why put the cheese on top of the burger when half of it...
Potatoes are one of the great comfort foods, especially...
Surprise your taste buds with this Greek twist on the...
Who doesn’t love pasta with a quick meat sauce? This crowd-...
Inspired by the classic Reuben sandwich, this...
These meatballs are stuffed with plenty of rice, which, as...
Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti...

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