Ground pork is often overlooked as an ingredient as most recipes tend to favor ground beef. However, ground pork is richer, healthier, and arguably more delicious!
Whether you’re looking to incorporate more pork into your weeknight meals or want to put a new spin on a classic appetizer for an upcoming dinner party, we’ve got you covered! Below, we’ve created a list of the 35 best ground pork recipes.
There is something for everyone, so check them out now!
We just had to kick this list off with a ragu recipe. This one is belly-warming and made with love, what could be better?
This recipe is perfect for weekend family dinners. The sauce is wonderfully rich and flavorful, and it is actually quite simple to make! You don’t need any fancy ingredients or crazy cooking skills and you can freeze any leftovers. It’s an all-around winner.
If you’re anything like us, there is nothing better than indulging in a bowl of fresh ramen in the colder months. If this is the case, you have to check out this recipe!
Jamie Oliver has truly outdone himself with this one. This pork ramen has the perfect balance of spicy, salty, rich, and sweet flavors, and is sure to give you life in the cold, dark winter. For some extra nutrition, feel free to throw in any green veggies that you fancy.
Whether you’re looking for a side dish to go with your noodles or ramen, or simply fancy a warm snack, you need to take a look at this potsticker recipe.
These potstickers are full of ground pork, mushrooms, cabbage, and a whole lot of seasoning! They have a crispy exterior and wonderfully tender interior which works beautifully with a sesame soy dipping sauce.
You simply can’t have a list of the 35 best ground pork recipes without including some Swedish meatballs.
This meatball recipe is just wonderful. The 50-50 combination of minced pork and beef makes them incredibly juicy and flavorful, and the super-rich sauce is mouth-wateringly delicious. Make sure to serve with some crust bread!
If you’re planning on having a few people over for casual food and drinks, you should consider making these pork sliders. They are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
These BBQ pork burger sliders are just so moreish. The combination of the pork and the sweet and sticky BBQ sauce will keep you coming back for more… and more! Be sure to purchase some high-quality bread buns for the best flavor and texture.
If you fancy a bolognese but only have ground pork to hand, not to worry! In fact, this ground pork bolognese is maybe even more delicious than the traditional beef version.
The combination of ground pork, carrots, celery, garlic, onion, and tomatoes is really something special. The pork stays wonderfully moist and tender and works to soak up the rich flavor of the sauce. Be sure to serve some garlic bread as a side dish!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy minced pork dish that still manages to be full of flavor, you have come to the right place.
This Pork Fried Rice Recipe is one of the easiest, most satisfying wase to use up any leftover rice or veggies. You simply need to combine minced pork, rice, egg, and any veggies you fancy, in one pan with a few simple seasonings. It’s the most perfect quick dish!
If you’re getting a little tired of your stir-fried beef recipes, and fancy trying something a little different, you should check out this minced pork Dan Dan Noodles recipe.
If you don’t have much experience cooking Chinese cuisine, this recipe is a fantastic place to start. It includes all of the information you need to make the perfect noodles every single time. If you’re not a fan of spice, make sure to use fewer chili flakes in the oil.
Long summer days are wonderful, but often make you too tired to cook. This crispy noodle salad is the perfect quick, easy, and delicious dish for hot summer evenings!
In fact, this dish takes minimal time to prepare, and roughly just 20 minutes to cook. However, don’t let the simple and quick nature of this recipe fool you, it produces the most flavorful and moreish salad that we’ve ever tried!
Whether you need a super-quick weeknight meal or a speedy side dish for a party, you have to try these ground pork tacos.
This recipe is ideal if you prefer to prepare your meals in advance. The pork filling can be cooked and marinated a day or two before you plan on enjoying these tacos, you just need to keep it refrigerated! As a bonus, they are absolutely bursting with flavor.
11. Pork Noodle Soup
Soup dishes are a winter staple. However, they can get a little boring. If you want to spice up your heart-warming winter meals, you should check out this pork noodle soup recipe!
This recipe is super simple but the most satisfying soup dish we’ve ever tried. The combination of ground pork, fresh ginger, and heaps of garlic, is just so delicious and works as an incredible soup base.
If you’re looking to make some tasty finger food for a party, or you just want a super delicious snack, you need to give this pork picadillo empanadas a try!
These empanadas have a southern spin that is sure to keep you coming back for more. The combination of the biscuit dough and the savory ground pork filling with golden raisins and slivered almosts is oh-so-good! You can also add more chili powder if you like your food spicy.
In our opinion, lasagna is the perfect meal. It works on weeknights, weekends, at dinner parties, and the leftovers make for an excellent lunch! What more could you ask for?
This three-cheese lasagna recipe is particularly great. With two different types of meat, three kinds of cheese, and tons of seasoning, this dish is decadent, indulgent, and just tastes so good! As a bonus, it is also incredibly easy to make.
If you’re planning on throwing a party any time soon, you simply have to have these sausage and cream cheese stuffed jalapenos on the table.
This recipe makes for the perfect appetizer or finger food. They are delicious, super easy to make, bursting with flavor, and look very fun on the table. If you’re not a fan of spice, don’t worry! The jalapenos are deseeded before they are stuffed, so they aren’t very spicy at all.
Don’t let the name fool you, this dish doesn’t need to be saved for special occasions. Rather, it is the most perfect one-pot, weeknight recipe!
If you’re looking for an easy and hearty meal that comes together in just 30 minutes and makes very little mess, this recipe is for you. Make sure to buy (or make, if you’re feeling adventurous) a good-quality crusty loaf of bread to soak up the goodness!
When it comes to easy, weeknight meals, you can never go wrong with a stir fry. This recipe, in particular, is sure to win the hearts of the whole family.
This dish is an easy alternative to the traditional sweet and sour dishes. The sauce is made from a simple combination of rice vinegar, ketchup, sugar, and soy sauce, and it only takes 30 minutes to make from start to finish!
If you’re looking for a recipe that will replicate your favorite takeout dish, look no further than this Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowl recipe.
In fact, we think that this dish is far better than any takeout that we’ve ever had. It is absolutely bursting with flavor, and comes together quicker than it would take for takeout to arrive at your door. You’ll never be able to justify ordering takeout again!
There is nothing more hearty than a meat and potato casserole. If you’re looking for a homely recipe that is sure to satisfy every member of the family, check this one out!
This recipe is just so tasty, and it is also incredibly simple to make! It might take a little bit more time than some others on this list, but with only six necessary ingredients, it is super economical. We love eating this dish with some veggies and crusty bread.
Meat dishes can often feel a little too indulgent. If you’re looking to put a healthy spin on your weeknight meals, take a look at this spiced minced pork lettuce cup recipe!
This is a quick, simple, healthy, and most importantly, super tasty Thai-inspired dish. The combination of juicy, tender, and well-seasoned pork with the fresh and crunchy lettuce leaf is just so wonderful.
There is a huge range of iterations when it comes to chili recipes. However, this one has to be one of our favorites. In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s the best chili ever!
This ground pork chili really does stand above the rest. The pork gives the dish an extra-special flavor which works beautifully with the spicy, rich tomato-based sauce. We love serving this dish with rice, but it goes with pretty much everything!
If you’re looking for a restaurant-quality dish that doesn’t take a huge amount of time, effort, or money, you need this Thai Basil Minced Pork recipe in your life!
This recipe is absolutely packed with bright and bold flavors. The combination of richness from the pork, saltiness from the soy sauce, and freshness from the Thai basil is so moreish. It can also be prepped and made in less than 20 minutes – what could be better?
Jambalaya is a wonderfully flavorful dish. However, it can feel a little heavy. If you want to put a healthier spin on this favorite, check out this recipe!
This one-pot, low-fat pork and prawn jambalaya is full of nutrition but also manages to be packed with the same deliciously smokey flavors you’d expect from a full-fat version. We love serving this with white rice, though you can opt for brown if you’d prefer!
We just had to include a sausage roll recipe in this list. Homemade sausage rolls are wonderfully flakey and can be filled with your favorite ingredients!
This recipe is absolutely perfect for casual get-togethers or even a lazy Sunday afternoon treat. These sausage rolls are quick to prepare and are bursting with a wonderfully balanced, rich, and sweet flavor. We love eating these hot, but they can be enjoyed cold also!
If you haven’t tried orzo pasta, take this as a sign to give it a go! This spicy pork ragu with orzo recipe is just divine.
The combination of orzo and pork makes for an incredibly rich and indulgent dish. This recipe takes an hour to prepare and make, which is surprising considering the real depth of its flavor. We cannot recommend it enough!
Sometimes, making your own little feast is far more satisfying than ordering one from a takeaway restaurant. This recipe works perfectly as a Chinese-inspired side dish.
In fact, this side dish really works to fill out the table and bring a meal to life. The combination of bok choy, minced pork, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and spring onions really is so delicious! Everyone is sure to keep coming back for more!
Meatball dishes are always a crowd-pleaser. However, they can get a little bit samey. If you fancy putting a fun spin on a classic dish, give this teriyaki pork meatball recipe a try!
These meatballs are wonderfully juicy, full of teriyaki flavor, and are quite easy to make! We recommend always making extra meatballs so that you can enjoy the leftovers in a sandwich (a great workday lunch). Just refrigerate them in an air-tight container after cooking.
If you’re having a few friends or family members around, and you’re a little tired of store-bought appetizers, you need to take a look at this homemade egg roll recipe.
These egg rolls are sure to be a favorite amongst any group of guests. They are perfectly crispy on the outside and full of flavor on the inside. As a bonus, they can also be assembled up to a day in advance and fried just before you plan to serve them!
Yes, beef is usually the meat of choice when it comes to nachos. However, we actually think that pork works better. Don’t believe us? Check out this recipe!
This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a sharing dish that is not only delicious and quick but quite healthy! These nachos are loaded with veggies and are bursting with flavor. If you have some extra time, we recommend making guacamole as a dip for this dish.
Pork pies have a little bit of a bad rep. They are often considered to be cheap and plain party food. However, this pistachio and cranberry pork pie is anything but.
This recipe really is extra special. The combination of pistachios, cranberries, pork, and bacon is just so indulgent and delicious. This recipe is also perfect if you’re fairly new to the world of baking, as it’ll help you make perfect pastry every time!
If you’re a fan of eggplant and pork, why not put the two together? If you’re looking for a super saucy and hearty dish, you need to check out this recipe!
The prep time of this dish is 25 minutes, and the cooking time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. As such, this is a dish that requires a bit of extra time and effort than others on this list. However, we can assure you that it is 100% worth it!
Ok, so we’ve included a few meatball recipes in this list. However, this New York-style meatball sub recipe might be better than all of them!
We love this recipe because it is just so versatile! Whether you’re looking for an extravagant lunch, a fun dinner, or a dish to serve at a casual party, these meatball subs are perfect! They are juicy, full of flavor, and really are very easy to make!
Sometimes, after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. If this is the case, you need to give this recipe a go! It was made with super busy folk in mind.
In fact, this delicious skillet should come together in around half an hour! Further, if you’re a fan of Mediterranean flavors, you are in for a treat with this dish. It is full of Mediterranean vegetables and has a richness that is to die for.
Making Chinese-style buns can be quite intimidating. However, this recipe makes it so easy! If you want to try something new, you have to give these homemade pork buns a try!
In fact, this recipe is ideal for beginners! It is super easy to follow and will give you all the information necessary to make perfect buns every time! You’ll be surprised by just how easy making the dough is.
Arguably, making Taiwanese minced pork is the best way to use ground pork. Don’t believe us? This recipe will convince you in no time.
This recipe is packed with flavor but is incredibly well-balanced. It is savory, lightly sweet, and wonderfully fragrant. As a bonus, it is also very versatile! We love pairing it with rice, but it works with just about everything!
35. Pork Picadillo
Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without a Pork Picadillo recipe. This Latin-American favorite is sure to become a staple in your house!
This dish is full of smokey, sweet, and tangy flavors that are addictively good! We love making this dish for impromptu get-togethers, as it’s also incredibly easy to create. Simply combine the ingredients in a pot and let it cook for around 40 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which part is best for ground pork?
Generally, the best ground pork is made from the pork shoulder. This is also known as pork butt or Boston butt.
Is ground pork the same as ground sausage?
No. Ground pork is simply plain pork meat that has been ground, whereas ground sausage includes salt, preservatives, and an array of spices and herbs.
Can you use ground pork like hamburger meat?
Yes! In fact, ground pork tends to have a smoother texture and will likely hold its shape better than ground beef. It is also a great option if you’re looking for a more rich flavor, as it produces more fat when cooking.
Ground pork is a super versatile, wonderful ingredient. We hope that this list of the 35 best ground pork recipes inspires you to try something new in the kitchen.