Friday, April 8, 2022

3 to 5 Ingredient Ground Beef Recipes

If you love easy ground beef recipes with few ingredients, you’re gonna flip for our collection!! All of these ground beef meals require just 3, 4, or 5 ingredients (not including basic pantry spices).

With food costs rising higher every day, MANY of us are choosing to make cheap dinners at home.

But even the cost for a pound of ground beef is outrageously high - the average is $4.67 per pound, and in some parts of the United States, it’s close to $6 per pound!! (source)

So, what’s the simplest solution when you love ground beef but can’t really afford many other ingredients to use with it? Well, one solution is to use as few ingredients as possible, and that’s why these 3 ingredient ground beef recipes are so perfect.

NOTE: All of these easy ground beef recipes require few ingredients; they are either 3, 4 or 5 ingredient ground beef recipes. 

3 ingredient ground beef recipes

Easy Ground Beef Recipes with Few Ingredients

For this roundup, our definition of “ingredients” does not include basic dried spices like salt, pepper, oregano, etc. It only doesn’t include optional garnishes… We figure many people keep spices and basic condiments like Worcestershire on hand all year long.

How to save and print these recipes

Accessing the recipes couldn’t be simpler! Just browse through the descriptions below and when you find something you want to make, click the title above the recipe’s description.

Easy, right? Have fun browsing and cooking!

5 ingredient ground beef recipes

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Dip

This is one of the cheesiest and easiest 3 ingredient ground beef recipes ever, and it bursts with mouthwatering Mexican flavors!!

Dips are the perfect game day food, but if you serve this one with some steamed veggies, it’s a scrumptious and satisfying dinner, too!


Frozen veggies are just as nutritious as fresh, but typically much cheaper. And, as long as you don’t overcook them, they’re just as delicious!

easy ground beef recipes with few ingredients

Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

This easy sloppy joe recipe is miles away from ordinary, with a special ingredient added to really kick the flavor up a notch. This hearty 5 ingredient ground beef recipe is ready in just 15 minutes!

3 ingredient ground beef recipes - sweet and sour meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatball Recipe

These scrumptious 5 ingredient ground beef meatballs have a homemade sauce that is bursting with flavor. Not only is the sticky sauce soaked into every bite, but it creates a sweet and sour glaze that you’ll want to pour over everything.

5 ingredient ground beef recipes - pull apart bread

Bacon Cheeseburger Pull Apart Bread

Everyone loves cheeseburger stuffed bread!! A loaf of sourdough bread overflowing with perfectly seasoned beef, bacon and ooey gooey cheese. A simple ground beef recipe that you are sure to make again and again.

easy ground beef recipes with few ingredients - chili

5 Ingredient Chili

Simple, lick-smacking, and hearty perfectly describe this mouthwatering ground beef chili! I love to whip this up with ground beef I have precooked in my slow cooker. You can also make it with leftover burgers - Just break them up and add them in.

3 ingredient ground beef recipes - cheeseburger macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni

This easy ground beef recipe creates a meal with a ton of flavor, and it can be made in one pan from start to finish. It is very much like the boxed Hamburger Helper that my mom used to make, but my homemade version is so much better!!

What can I make with a small amount of ground beef?

A pound of ground beef will stretch a lot further if you pack it with veggies, rice, or pasta. You can use it to make mini meatloaves or a half batch of Big Mac bites.

If you have less than a pound of ground beef to use, consider browning it to serve with scrambled eggs, salsa, cheese and flour tortillas for a scrumptious Mexican breakfast!


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Originally published April 2022

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