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8 Easy, Family-friendly ways to use Ground Beef

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Ground beef is a versatile and cost-effective protein that can be used in a wide variety of family-friendly dishes. Here are 8 family-friendly ways to use ground beef for delicious and easy-to-make recipes:

Spaghetti Bolognese

A classic favourite, spaghetti Bolognese is a hearty and satisfying meal that the whole family will love. Brown ground beef with onions, garlic and herbs, then simmer in a rich tomato sauce and serve over cooked spaghetti noodles.


Make taco night (Tuesday or otherwise) a family tradition by filling taco shells or tortillas with seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and any other family-favorite toppings. Kids love having the option and freedom to customize their tacos to their liking, making it a fun and interactive meal.

Stuffed bell peppers

Hollow out bell peppers and stuff them with a mixture of cooked ground beef, rice, diced vegetables and tomato sauce. Top with cheese and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through for a nutritious and satisfying meal.


Bring Sunday meatloaf to the every day with mini meatloafs. Using a muffin tin, these individual meatloafs take a fraction of the time to cook. Kids love them because they’re a cross between a meatloaf and a burger. The bonus is leftovers can go in a school lunch as a slider!


Homemade meatballs are easy to make and add a bit of protein to any pasta dish. Mix ground beef with breadcrumbs, eggs, Parmesan cheese and herbs, then roll into meatballs and bake or simmer in marinara sauce.

Beef chili

Whip up a pot of homemade chili using ground beef, beans, tomatoes and spices. Let it simmer on the stove or in a slow cooker until thick and flavorful.

Ground beef and vegetable stir fry

Stir-fry can be made with any thinly sliced vegetables and ground beef in a wok or skillet. Add a savory sauce and serve over rice or noodles and you have a quick and nutritious dinner that’s packed with flavour.


A fun alternative to a grilled cheese sandwich (but just as quick!), quesadillas make a fun and easy family meal. Serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream for dipping.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with ground beef. Get creative and experiment with different flavours and ingredients to find new family favourites!

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