There are a few things it's always great to keep on hand for those nights the veggie crisper is looking bare: pasta, tortillas, take out menus, and ground beef. With a pound of ground beef you can feed an army and make burgers, casseroles, and more.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes to help you get started. And if you don't like ground beef, no worries. Swap it out with whatever you prefer.
Spicy Lime Cilantro Beef Empanada Bites are spicy, filling, tangy and crisp making it hard to stop at just one! The homemade buttery crust holds a ground beef filling flecked with jalapeños, lime and cilantro that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
They're filling and full of flavor. Really, you can’t go wrong with chilaquiles. This casserole is a go-to pot luck dish to feed the hungriest of crowds, kicking up your traditional chilaquiles a few notches with the addition of ground beef or turkey. Control the heat by using a mild sauce and you can serve it at the kid’s table. Impress your guests by serving a sunny side up egg over it and a cup of fresh, strong black coffee alongside it.
The earthy taste of mushrooms in Beef, Pork, and Pine Nut Meatballs is complemented by the blackberry and smoke flavors of Ramon Bilbao Crianza. Hailing from Rioja, Spain and made with 100% Tempranillo, this full-bodied red works well with the complex combination of beef, pork, mushrooms, and nuts.
Ground Beef is a novice cook's dream! Easy to cook and infinitely versatile, you can spoon it into plantains, serve it next to white rice, or in this case, wrap it in empanada disks for crispy hand-held pockets of perfection. Once you've mastered the beef, you'll be able to cook five different dishes!