Our 19 Favorite Ground Beef Recipes

When it comes to dinnertime, a pound of ground beef can be the start of something great. I’m thinking meatballs floating in tomato-butter sauce or minestrone soup (or even grape jelly—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!). Or maybe smash burgers slathe…

When it comes to dinnertime, a pound of ground beef can be the start of something great. I’m thinking meatballs floating in tomato-butter sauce or minestrone soup (or even grape jelly—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!). Or maybe smash burgers slathered with ketchup and mustard, shatteringly crisp lumpia, spicy kebabs wrapped tightly in chapati, a steaming bowl of chili with a skillet of cornbread on the side. Whichever direction your taste buds are sending you, these ground beef recipes will feed a crowd.

Some of these recipes are takes on classic dishes that swap in grains or vegetarian protein for some of the beef. And even if you’re not a meat eater at all (but have somehow found yourself reading this, a roundup of ground beef recipes), there are still options. Swap in a ground faux meat like Impossible or Beyond, which both make vegan ground “beef” offerings that would work relatively seamlessly in any of these 19 ground beef recipes.

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Brined, Roast Pork

I’m often asked what my favorite cookbooks are and invariably I pull out a copy of The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers. It’s one of those rare books where you learn something from every sentence on every page, and in every recipe that you make from it. Judy was an amazing cook and whatever she made was unusually good, in spite of its (seemingly)…

I’m often asked what my favorite cookbooks are and invariably I pull out a copy of The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers. It’s one of those rare books where you learn something from every sentence on every page, and in every recipe that you make from it. Judy was an amazing cook and whatever she made was unusually good, in spite of its (seemingly) relative simplicity, ranging from the lightest ricotta gnocchi you’ll ever have to the legendary Zuni roast chicken, which was worth the one-hour wait after you ordered it at the restaurant. It gave you plenty of time to have a margarita, a pile of shoestring fries, and a classic Caesar Salad. (Fun fact: I worked at Zuni Cafe when I first moved to San Francisco and made a lot of Caesar Salads, which, if I may be so bold, were excellent and the recipe is in the book.)

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Crockpot Turkey Chili One of Josh’s favorite post-ski meals is his Slow Cooker Turkey Chili. He throws all of the ingredients into the slow cooker before he heads up the mountain and when he comes home he has a hot bowl of chili waiting for him.&…

Crockpot Turkey Chili One of Josh’s favorite post-ski meals is his Slow Cooker Turkey Chili. He throws all of the ingredients into the slow cooker before he heads up the mountain and when he comes home he has a hot bowl of chili waiting for him.  It’s the perfect meal for a cold day or…

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Slow Cooker Chili

I decided this year I was going to make peace with my slow cooker. I was surprised by how much I didn’t take to it, which I’ve documented here and there. Like bread machines, Instant Pots, Thermomix, and cast irons skillets, someone wrote about the latter on my Facebook page, “It’s just a PAN…” (in all-caps), they certainly have their fans. I do like my…

I decided this year I was going to make peace with my slow cooker. I was surprised by how much I didn’t take to it, which I’ve documented here and there. Like bread machines, Instant Pots, Thermomix, and cast irons skillets, someone wrote about the latter on my Facebook page, “It’s just a PAN…” (in all-caps), they certainly have their fans. I do like my cast iron skillet very much, but my life doesn’t change radically when I reach for mine. Although wouldn’t it be great if that was all it took? 😀

My appliance company gave me the slow cooker after I hounded them for three years to get reimbursed for a dishwasher repair charge they said they’d reimburse me for. I was happy to have finally settled that debt and move on with my life, but am still unclear as to why it took three years for them to tell me they couldn’t send me a check for reimbursement. Since I already had a grille-pain (toaster), a robot (food processor), and a boulloire (hot water kettle), I went with the slow cooker, which I’ve been determined to fall in love with.

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Homemade Chili Powder

With winter in full swing, it’s chili season around here — time for our favorite cold-weather dish. But after recently running out of chili powder, we decided to make our own, and I’m so glad we did.
This homemade chili powder takes just 15 minutes to…

Homemade Chili Powder

With winter in full swing, it’s chili season around here — time for our favorite cold-weather dish. But after recently running out of chili powder, we decided to make our own, and I’m so glad we did.

This homemade chili powder takes just 15 minutes to make when using whole dried chiles, and just 5 minutes to make if using pre-ground chiles. And we must say, it’s so fresh and much better than store-bought, so there’s no going back!

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Turkey Chili (with Leftover Turkey)

This easy Turkey Chili is a great way to use up turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas! Make it with shredded turkey (dark or white meat), kidney beans, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. Continue reading “Turkey Chili (with Leftover Tu…

This easy Turkey Chili is a great way to use up turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas! Make it with shredded turkey (dark or white meat), kidney beans, onion, garlic, and tomatoes.

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Butternut White Chicken Chili.

Oh how I am so in love with this butternut white chicken chili! It feels like it’s been forever since I shared an actual weeknight dinner recipe with you! I dedicated the last two weeks to having the most delicious, classic Thanksgiving ever, whether you’re cooking for yourself or a small group or doing the […]

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Oh how I am so in love with this butternut white chicken chili!

butternut white chicken chili

It feels like it’s been forever since I shared an actual weeknight dinner recipe with you! I dedicated the last two weeks to having the most delicious, classic Thanksgiving ever, whether you’re cooking for yourself or a small group or doing the virtual partay, and I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it. But here’s the thing – we still need to eat REGULAR dinner too. 

I find that this time of year is when I struggle most with dinners. It works out best for us when I plan ahead and stick to our plan. That’s the key! 

P.S. head to instagram to watch me make this step-by-step on stories today!

cubed butternut squash

Obsession does not even begin to explain how much I adore this butternut white chicken chili. It’s creamy and hearty and comforting and has a slight hint of sweetness from the squash.

Oh and it comes together pretty quickly too! 

It’s perfect all around.

butternut and chicken in pot

I have a few different white chicken chili recipes in my arsenal. I have one in the Pretty Dish and another quinoa version here (you guys love that!) but this one may take the cake. It’s so satisfying. The flavor is spot on. It’s smoky and delicious. Absolute perfection when topped with a dollop of sour cream and chips! 

butternut white chicken chili

For the beans in this chili, I go with cannellini beans. They are probably my second fave (after pinto!) but here’s the beauty of this recipe – use what beans you have on hand. This is a great pantry recipe because you can use the beans you have and an actual butternut squash lasts forever. Black, pinto, even chickpeas would work. Whatever you love and have, to make this whole cooking dinner process easier.

butternut white chicken chili

I also tend to use a rotisserie chicken for this. It simplifies the process and takes minutes. You can shred or chop the chicken, whichever you prefer. And bonus points if you buy your butternut squash pre-cut. It’s such a great shortcut to take. 

butternut white chicken chili with cilantro and chives

Cumin and just a touch of smoked paprika add flavor to this chili. I like to thicken it with sour cream instead of heavy cream or milk. All you have to do is stir that in right before serving and you’re good to go! 

butternut white chicken chili with sour cream

This is such a super delicious way to make a crave-worthy seasonal chili! A big old hug in a bowl.

butternut white chicken chili

Butternut White Chicken Chili

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Butternut White Chicken Chili

This butternut white chicken chili is super comforting and delicious! Creamy, smoky white chicken chili with hearty butternut squash.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash, (in 1/2 to 1 inch cubes)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded chicken breasts
  • 2 14 ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • for topping: fresh cilantro chives, tortilla chips, sour cream

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butternut squash. Add in the cumin, smoked paprika, pepper flakes and stir. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken. Add in the beans and 3 cups of the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the butternut squash is fork tender.
  • After 10 to 15 minutes, taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. If you’d like the soup to have more liquid, stir in the additional cup of stock. Stir in the sour cream, stirring completely until it melts in.
  • Serve the chili immediately, topped with cilantro, chives and tortilla chips. You can add on some cheese if you wish!
  • Leftovers of this are delicious! You might need to add in a drop of stock or water when reheating.

butternut white chicken chili

Give me all the chips for dipping!

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Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili.

This easy turkey chili might be the only soup recipe I need all season.  It’s going to be your weeknight go-to.  It’s ridiculously simple, but flavorful. It comes together FAST. It’s really, really good!  I know, I use way to many “reallys” but it’s worth it. This chili is worth it. Chili is a dish […]

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This easy turkey chili might be the only soup recipe I need all season. 

easy weeknight turkey chili

It’s going to be your weeknight go-to. 

It’s ridiculously simple, but flavorful. It comes together FAST. It’s really, really good! 

I know, I use way to many “reallys” but it’s worth it.

This chili is worth it.

maple turkey chili in pot

Chili is a dish that I’ll never stop experimenting with. I have so many versions and they are all different but all wonderful, depending on the mood or setting. Of course, I can’t resist trying a new one when fall is just around the corner. And it uses so many of my favorite ingredients! I adore it.

easy weeknight turkey chili

It’s no secret that Eddie is a major carnivore, but over the years he’s cut down on his red meat consumption a lot. It wasn’t for any particular reason – it just seemed to happen! I still may make a dish with beef every other week or so (sometimes less, sometimes more), but most of the time, especially during the week, I use ground turkey. 

And I don’t have a turkey-specific chili recipe here on the blog, so here we are! 

easy weeknight turkey chili

This does not make an enormous pot of chili. I’d say it makes a pot for a family of four and is easily multiplied if you have more people in the house. It’s also a really nice size if you’re single or in a household of two, because you can freeze an extra portion. 

You could also eat chili one night, then make chili dogs, then make chili cheese nachos too. Love.

I mean, just an idea. 

easy weeknight turkey chili

Anyway – the chili! 

I use one onion, one bell pepper, one pound of turkey and then a whole bunch of spices. Chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika are the main ones. So good! Then one can of fire roasted tomatoes and one can of pinto beans (my fave – but any beans work) – and voila! 

The secret is obviously in the maple syrup. I love the addition so, so much, which I first discovered in this game day chili recipe

Then it’s ready. Seriously the best for a weeknight chili. Goes with everything. Tastes like heaven.

And it’s perfect! 

easy weeknight turkey chili

Easy Maple Turkey Chili

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Quick and Easy Maple Turkey Chili

This easy turkey chili is the best! It's super simple and comes together quickly. Loaded with fall flavors and a great dinner staple.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, peppers and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the ground turkey and another pinch of salt and pepper. Break it apart with a wooden spoon and brown it, about 6 to 8 minutes. Once the meat is browned, add in the chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the tomatoes, beans, stock and maple syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream or whatever you love on your chili!

Notes

Note: you can easily double this recipe to make it for a crowd. You can also let this simmer, covered, on the stove for a few hours or as long as you need.
Note: you can easily make this in a slow cooker! Brown the turkey ahead of time then add everything to the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8. 

easy weeknight turkey chili

Give me all the toppings.

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Freezer-Friendly Vegetarian Chili

After what I posted last week about not being ready for fall recipes yet, you probably think I’m a big hypocrite for posting this Freezer-Friendly Vegetarian Chili today. But let me explain! This is not a fall recipe, you see.

Veggie-Loaded Chili Recipe
After what I posted last week about not being ready for fall recipes yet, you probably think I’m a big hypocrite for posting this Freezer-Friendly Vegetarian Chili today. But let me explain! This is not a fall recipe, you see.