Easy Ground Beef Recipes (Just 3 to 5 Ingredients)

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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). The entire family will love these easy meals! 

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With food costs rising higher every day, MANY of us are choosing to make cheap dinners at home. How about easy 2 ingredient recipes, we have that covered too!

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!

NOTEAll of these easy ground beef recipes use few ingredients; they are either 3, 4 or 5 ingredient ground beef recipes. 

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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 also 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!

dipping tortilla chip into cheesy mexican dip

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! 

two sloppy joe sandwiches on a plate

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! 

plate of sweet and sour meatballs

Hawaiian Meatballs

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. 

pull apart bread in basket

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. 

5 ingredient chili in white bowl

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. 


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!

What simple ingredients pair well with lean ground beef?

You can feed the whole family an easy dinner by pairing basic ingredients with juicy ground beef.

No matter if you want to make skillet meals or are just looking for an easy weeknight dinner for the family, you can create a family favorite in no time at all. 

You can make a simple recipe out of ingredients like tomato sauce, bell peppers, cheddar cheese, and grass-fed beef.

You can also pair beef with refried beans, tortilla chips, diced green peppers, and taco meat to create the easiest recipe ever. 

White rice and diced sweet potatoes are two other great ingredients to make an easy weeknight meal.

And if you’re in the mood for easy casserole recipes or are looking for new ways to put a spin on an original recipe, you can grab some tater tots to mix with the ground beef to make a casserole in the easiest way.   

Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings to any of the delicious recipes listed above so that picky eaters can create their own favorite ground beef recipes taste how they want.

You’ll have a big list of new favorite dinners in no time at all! This is why beef is such a versatile protein! 

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.

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Originally published April 2022, updated and republished May 2024

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