We've all been there. Dinner time looms and you don't know what to make. You can do try the same old things you make every week. But are you willing to sit and watch your kids push their plates away in defiance once more? Or, maybe you just don't have that much to cook with or any spare time for an evening grocery run.
Either way, you're faced with the prospect of take out, which can be kind of expensive. Or you're faced with dialing up delivery on a less-than nutritious pizza. Why not change it up a bit?
Here are 10 inspired ground beef recipes to try for any and every occasion.
Super Easy Enchiladas
These are, without a doubt, the easiest enchiladas you will ever make. With pre-made salsa and queso, and pre-shredded cheese, basically, if you can brown ground beef, then you can make these enchiladas. The full recipe is available from our kitchen gurus over at All Recipes. [Get the recipe here]
Slow Cooker Chili
The great thing about this slow cooker chili recipe is that you can do all the prep the night before (browning the meat, dicing the veggies) and then mix it all in a crock pot before you leave for work in the morning, when you get home, boom, dinner is served. Check out All Recipes for the full ingredient list and instructions. [Get the recipe here]
This one is great, because it's basically a real food version of Hamberger Helper. It uses actual sour cream instead of some weird dehydrated powder mix, and it's much less complicated than classic beef stroganoff. You can visit Julie's Eats & Treats for the full recipe. [Get the recipe here]
Lettuce Leaf Tacos
This is a tasty and healthy alternative to regular tacos. The ingredient list is pretty standard for tacos, but by replacing the taco shells with lettuce leaves you cut carbs and calories. To enjoy this healthy alternative, head on over to All Recipes [Get the recipe here].
Bombay Sloppy Joes
Sure, we've all had sloppy joes, but this awesome recipe from the Food Network mixes flavors from Indian cuisine to make the spicy sloppy joe just a little exotic. The Garam Masala mixes well with the ginger that is in every standard sloppy joe recipe and makes it the perfect combination of unique and familiar. [Get the recipe here]
Ground Beef Vegetable Soup
This ground beef vegetable soup is amazing, and it's perfect for these cold winter months when you need something healthy and filling that's also nice and warm. Get the full ingredient list and instructions from All Recipes. [Get the recipe here]
Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf
This delicious twist on family meatloaf is anything but boring! Cheese and bacon, yes please? It makes what used to be just a giant chunk of meat into a great meal. The addition of parmesan and oregano can also give it an interesting twist. Find the complete recipe on All Recipes. [Get the recipe here]
Porcupines in a Skillet
Talk about easy, Mique at Thirty Handmade Days says of this recipe, "I bet my seven year old could make it with a little bit of help!" Now, that's a recommendation this busy mom can get behind. Not the kid making it, the simplicity of it. Although, maybe it would be nice if the kids pitched in. [Get the recipe here]
You've probably never put pickles in Pasta before, but today is the day you give that a try, because this cheeseburger casserole from Skinny Taste is the bomb. The pickles are actually a garnish, not baked into the pasta. It's still delicious. [Get the recipe here]
Glazed Bacon and Cheese Filled Burgers
Just when you think bacon cheese burgers can't get any better. This recipe from Country Living puts the bacon and cheddar inside the burger itself and tops it off with a brown sugar glaze. It's pure burger heaven. [Get the recipe here]