Easy Ground Beef Dinner Ideas for Families

If you are looking for some family-friendly ground beef dinner ideas to use with that pound of beef, you thawed out this morning – this post is for you!

Today I’m sharing some simple recipes using ground beef to help make your evening a little bit easier. Consider this blog post a menu filled with delicious ground beef dinner ideas. Just click on any link to go to the recipe for the win!

Creating simple, dinner ideas you can make tonight is my jam. I’ve been making meal plans online since 2011 and have thousands of recipes on my websites and cookbooks!

With picky kids, food allergies and trying various dietary plans through the years, cooking just one meal for everyone felt impossible for a long time.

Learning to meal prep and how to meal plan has helped me be less stressed about cooking meals, and I’m able to get healthy foods on the table that everyone can enjoy together.

Image: Collage of different beef dinner recipes

A few years ago I started sharing my meal plans with the world, and since then thousands of parents have started “eating dinner with us”, virtually as they get our family meal plans deliverd to their inbox every single week.

Interested in trying a done-for-you meal plan with a shopping list and step-by-step meal prep? Download a free sample plan here.

Ground Beef Dinner Recipes

A few months ago, I shared the Best Chicken Dinner Ideas and that left many of you asking for a collection of the very best ground beef dinner recipes.

Ground beef is a favorite ingredient among my family so naturally, I’ve created many recipes throughout the years- especially dinners that kids love.

Here’s my commitment to you, like most recipes on my site these ground beef dinners are:

  • Made with Simple Ingredients
  • Full of amazing flavor
  • Kid-approved (even picky eaters)
  • Easy to make

One quick tip before we get started. If you have a lot of beef, you can cook ground beef in a crockpot to prep ahead of time and save yourself some time in the kitchen in the evenings.

What to Cook with Ground Beef

RECIPE: Beef Goulash
This recipe is so easy, my 13-year-old loves to make it. Lately, I’ve been texting her simple recipes from the office and letting her get started on dinner while I’m driving home. This is one easy ground beef recipe she’s been able to make from start-to-finish all on her own!

RECIPE: Egg Roll in a Bowl
This one is paleo-friendly, packed with flavor and comes together in minutes. It’s also loaded with veggies and can be served over rice or cauliflower rice if you’re trying to be low carb.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Chili Mac
Dinner in MINUTES. I love how quickly this recipe comes together. It helps me make dinner at home, even on the busiest nights.

Image: Bowls of chili mac topped with cheese and sour cream.

RECIPE: Beef Bologonese
This is perhaps the best spaghetti bolognese recipe you’ll ever have. Try it once, and double the recipe next time.

RECIPE: Korean Beef Bowls
This recipe is from my cookbook the Best Grain-Free Meals on the Planet. It’s a budget-friendly Asian inspired meal that is even better than what you can find at a take-out restaurant.

Ground Beef Taco Recipes

image: three side by side images of ground beef taco recipes

RECIPE: Taco Pizza
Pizza night is taken up to the next level, by loading up a simple cheese pizza with all your favorite taco ingredients. Trust me, this one will be an instant favorite.

RECIPE: Cheesy Taco Skillet
When it’s Taco Tuesday and you’re short on time these skillet beef tacos come together in a flash. This cheesy taco recipe is easy and full of flavor in every bite.

RECIPE: All American Beef Tacos
After trying the soup above, you can go back to the traditional! Seasoned meat, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and cheese. Plus, a perfectly crunchy shell. Perfection.

RECIPE: Bell Pepper Nachos
This recipe is loaded with flavor, but not carbs. Quick and easy, paleo-friendly bell pepper nachos are a must-have for dinner or an easy appetizer.

Ground Beef Soup Recipes

RECIPE: Paleo Chili
This recipe has been made by MILLIONS of readers on this site, and some of my followers have even won chili competitions with it! Yep, you won’t regret trying this one. You can also try the Slow Cooker Paleo Chili Recipe.

Image: white bowl of chili

RECIPE: Taco Soup
This soup flies together in just 30 minutes and it’s packed with taco flavor. Need I say anything more. YUM.

Pot of taco soup

RECIPE: Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
We all love lasagna, but who has time to layer all the noodles, cheese and meat? No one, that’s who! Instead of spending hours in the kitchen toss all those amazing flavors in a slow cooker, and enjoy lasagna by the spoonful.

With these ground beef family dinner ideas, you’ll never be left wondering “what should I make tonight” in the evenings again! Don’t forget, if you’d like help planning your meals every week, I’d love to share my meal plans with you. See all the options and find the best plan for your family here.

How to Meal Prep Ground Beef

Before I leave you with a final, tasty ground beef recipe, I wanted to share one quick tip that will help you save time meal prepping ground beef. This is something I like to do at the beginning of the week, so I have meat ready to go for our busiest nights.

You can cook several pounds of ground beef in the slow cooker to keep on hand for many of these ground beef meal ideas. This will save you from standing over the stove waiting for the beef to brown and mean a lot less time in the kitchen throughout the week.

Check out this post to see how I meal prep ground meats ahead of time by cooking the ground meat in the slower cooker!

Easy Ground Beef Dinner Ideas for Families + Bell Pepper Nachos

The best meals to make with ground beef! From soup to tacos and even a recipe for healthier nachos there’s ground meat ideas here that the whole family will love. 

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup salsa, divided
  • 3 large bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning


  • 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounce can black olives 
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oven rack in the middle position and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the bell pepper slices onto the pan.
  2. In a pan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add in ground beef and taco seasoning, and using a spatula, break up the ground beef as it cooks, until no longer pink, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Place the bell pepper slices in the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven onto the counter and top with meat mixture and salsa. Add the cheese on top, if using, black olives, and any other toppings you want to be heated.
  4. Place back into the oven and bake until the cheese is melted about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving (6-8 nachos)
  • Calories: 416
  • Sugar: 6.2g
  • Sodium: 658.1mg
  • Fat: 24.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.5g
  • Fiber: 5.5g
  • Protein: 34.5g
  • Cholesterol: 100.8mg

If you’re looking for more dinner inspiration, be sure to check out my post on the best shrimp dinner ideas for families!

Which of these ground beef dinner recipes will your family try first?

2 thoughts on “Easy Ground Beef Dinner Ideas for Families”

  1. Kimberly says:

    These ground beef dinners look so good. I want to try the soups with ground meat asap!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:


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