Ground beef and potatoes is a classic combination. It is rich, indulgent, comforting, works for so many different occasions, and is always a crowd-pleaser.
Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner that is sure to satisfy everyone around the table, or you want to learn how to put a fun spin on an old classic, we’ve got you covered! Check out our 15 favorite ground beef and potato recipes that are easy to make below.
1. Shepherd’s Pie With Beef
We had to kick this list off with a Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Even though it is traditionally made with lamb, this beef version is just as delicious (if not more!). This recipe is filling, heart-warming, and is an all-around winner on a cold, winter weekend.
This recipe is particularly great if you have leftover ingredients you need to use up. For instance, leftover beef, lamb, and mashed potato can be used in this dish. Using leftovers in this way would also save you a considerable amount of time and effort!
2. Moussaka With Potatoes
Moussaka is to Greece what Lasagna is to Italy. It is a wonderfully rich dish that traditionally uses eggplant instead of pasta sheets. However, if you’re not a fan of eggplant, or it isn’t in season, this moussaka with potatoes recipe is an excellent variation.
This recipe is comfort food at its finest. It is a layered dish, consisting of sliced potatoes, a meat sauce, cheese, and a creamy bechamel. It is a traditionally heavy dish that is served with crusty bread and a dry red wine – perfect for an indulgent weekend dinner!
3. Irish Beef Stew
If you’re looking for a hearty, fulfilling, and warming dish for a cold winter evening, you need to give this Irish beef stew a try! Made with beef, garlic, stock, Irish Guinness beer, red wine, potatoes, carrots, and onions, it is the perfect dish to give you a boost when you need it.
In this recipe, it is suggested that you use well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1.5-inch chunks. However, feel free to use any beef that you have to hand – including ground beef! We love serving this dish with a homemade crusty bread roll.
4. Hamburger Potato Casserole
This Hamburger Potato Casserole is the perfect recipe if you need something to satisfy the whole family. This dish is super delicious, requires few ingredients, is simple to make, and goes down well with kids and adults alike! What more could you want?
In total, this dish takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to make, from start to finish. This might sound like a long time, but for the majority of that time, it is simply baking in the oven. To make this dish super indulgent, be sure to add extra Cheddar cheese at the end!
5. Cottage Pie
If you would love to enjoy a hearty cottage pie with your family, but find pies rather intimidating, you need to take a look at this recipe! This simple pie is made in a skillet and is just so simple to put together.
We cannot recommend this recipe enough, especially if you’re a beginner. The steps are clear and will help you produce a perfect pie every time. For the best results, we recommend using good-quality beef bouillon and Yukon gold potatoes.
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6. Ground Beef And Potatoes Skillet
If you’re looking for a healthy weeknight dinner recipe, look no further than this ground beef and potatoes skillet. The combination of ground beef, potatoes, and an array of colorful veggies such as kale, tomato, and peppers, makes for a delicious and nutritious meal!
This recipe is also ideal for people with dietary requirements or intolerances as it is dairy-free, eff-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. However, don’t let these labels fool you, it is definitely bursting with flavor!
7. Easy Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves
Meatloaf is a staple in most households, and it’s not hard to see why! It is hearty, delicious, and the perfect way to end a long day. If you’re a fan of meatloaf, but fancy putting a spin on the classic dish, you should give these topped mini meatloaves a try!
This recipe is perfect if you’re looking to make appetizers or fun finger foods for a dinner party. They are affordable, easy to make, surprisingly quick, and absolutely delicious! The creamy mashed potato topping is genius – we wish we’d have thought of it before.
8. Tater Tot And Ground Beef Casserole
This recipe is a comfort food classic and is sure to please even the pickiest of family members. It is full of flavor, feels wonderfully indulgent, and works for pretty much any occasion. What’s not to love?
This recipe is also perfect if you’re a fan of meal prepping. Once cooked, you can freeze the casserole in serving-size portions for up to three months. When you want to enjoy the dish again, simply throw a portion in the oven! It really is that easy.
9. Sloppy Joe Cheese Fries
If you’re having a movie night with some friends, or are inviting a few people around for a casual get-together, it’s always a good idea to have some French fries on the menu. These sloppy joe cheese fries are always a crowd-pleaser!
This recipe is perfect for when you fancy some fast food. In fact, we think that these fries are better than any you’ll ever get from a takeaway restaurant. The homemade sauce is rich and moreish, and you can throw in all of your favorite ingredients!
10. Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef And Potato Stir Fry)
If you’ve never heard of Lomo Saltado, here is your sign to give this recipe a try! It is a Chinese-Peruvian fusion recipe that breaks a few rules. Specifically, it includes both French fries and rice! We know, it sounds a bit mad, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
In fact, this recipe is one of the most popular dishes in Peruvian cuisine, and it’s not hard to see why! It is absolutely packed full of flavor, and it is particularly fulfilling. The recipe suggests using beef tenderloin, but ground beef works just as well.
11. One Pot Mexican Beef And Potatoes
Meat and potatoes is a classic combination, but it can sometimes feel a little bland or boring. If you want to spice up this traditional union, you should definitely give this one-pot Mexican beef and potatoes recipe a try!
This dish manages to be bursting with flavor and super simple to make. The recipe is just 3 steps long and can be made in just one pot. We love adding a bit of extra heat to this dish by throwing in a few extra diced jalapenos.
12. Easy Ground Beef And Sweet Potato Rice Breakfast Skillet
If you’re looking to change up your breakfast or brunch routine, you need to take a look at this easy ground beef and sweet potato rice breakfast skillet recipe. It is easy to make, ready in 15 minutes, and is gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly.
Most importantly, however, this recipe is super tasty. The combination of sweet potato and ground beef is hearty, delicious, and works well with most other breakfast foods! We love serving this dish with a fried egg and some homemade baked beans.
13. Slow Cooker Ground Beef And Sweet Potato Chili
Slow Cooker dishes are an absolute Godsend. If you’re in need of a low-maintenance dish that is also full of flavor, you should check out this slow cooker ground beef and sweet potato chili recipe. It is one of our weeknight favorites!
This chili recipe is soothing, filling, healthy, and a veritable explosion of flavor. One of the best things about this dish is how customizable it is. Feel free to throw in your favorite veggies, and make it as spicy as you please!
14. Mashed Potato Burger Stacks
When you think of burgers, it is unlikely that mashed potato comes to mind. However, it is a combination made in comfort-food heaven. If you’re in need of a mid-week pick-me-up, you have to give this recipe a try.
This recipe can come together particularly quickly with a little bit of preparation. We recommend making a load of burger patties in advance and freezing them. That way, when the craving hits, you can quickly throw a stack together.
15. Savory Mince And Potato Wedges
Finally, we had to include this savory mince and potato wedges recipe. This dish is perfect for when you fancy a change from the classic meat sauce and spaghetti and is sure to be a winner for both adults and kids alike!
The ground beef sauce in this recipe is particularly delicious. It requires quite a few ingredients, and a fair amount of time, but we can promise you that it is 100% worth the extra effort. We recommend making up extra and using the leftovers as a pasta sauce.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Make Beef More Flavorful?
To make beef delicious, it is necessary to season it very well. Some of our favorite seasonings for beef are:
- 1. Garlic
- 2. Mustard
- 3. Onion
- 4. Cayenne Pepper
- 5. Black Pepper
- 6. Bay Leaves
- 7. Basil
- 8. Chili Powder
- 9. Cumin
- 10. Curry Powder
Should You Season Ground Beef Before Or After Cooking?
It is important to season beef before cooking. However, it is important not to do this too soon. If you season the meat with salt too early before cooking, the beef will lose moisture.
In turn, this will make the final product less juicy. For the best results, you should season just before cooking the beef. This will help to impart the most flavor possible.
Is Ground Beef Processed?
Processed meat is meat that has been preserved in some way. For instance, smoked, cured, and salted meat is considered processed. Likewise, meat that has been combined with chemical preservatives is also considered processed.
If ground beef has undergone any of these processes, then it is processed.
However, the act of grinding beef doesn’t make it processed. As such, if you purchase your ground beef from the butchers, it is likely to be unprocessed.
Ground beef and potatoes is a classic combination that acts as a basis for many delicious meals. We hope that this list has inspired you to get cooking and learn some new dishes!
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