Tag Archives: Ground beef

Sloppy Joes

16 Jan

Not as simple as a can of Manwich but way better.  A little spicy, a little sweet, a lot of good.  We served it with my mom’s famous (at least within our family) Andy’s Potatoes for a completely yummy meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 whole-wheat burger buns

Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

Recipe from foodnetwork.com

Photo by mylittlefoodspot

French Burgers

4 Nov

This is a Grandma Young signature dish.  We make it often, and while they’re never quite like hers, I have gotten Derek hooked on them as well.  It’s kind of like a barbecue-y, cheesy meatloaf, minus the dried, crumbled french roll, on a fresh buttery, garlic french roll.  I know which one I’d choose :0)

I tried for the first time today, to prepare the meat mixture in my food processor and it worked like a charm.  I shredded the cheese first then put the metal blade in, added the other ingredients and vroom vroom.  My 7-cup processor was borderline too small, so make sure yours is at least that big before trying it.

So as not to be wasteful, I also take the torn out middles of the rolls, brush them with butter, sprinkle with garlic salt and bake alongside the burgers for 15 minutes or so for some tasty homemade croutons.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1 can chopped black olives
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 T barbecue sauce
  • 6 french rolls
  • butter
  • garlic salt

Mix ground beef, green onion, olives, 1 cup cheese and barbecue sauce.

Cut french rolls in half and scoop out soft center. Butter outside edge and bottom of each half. Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt.

Place on foil covered cookie sheet and fill with meat mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake @325F for 45 minutes.

Recipe by my grandma, Barbara Young
Photo by knorrbuzz

Runza casserole

2 Nov

If you’re not from the midwest, you may not be familiar with runzas.  They are dough pockets that are stuffed and baked with ground beef, cabbage, onion and your choice of other ingredients, including cheese, mushrooms, you name it.  Well, I am not blessed with the gift of pastry making nor endowed with the time to prepare each individual pocket, so I rely on the casserole equivalent.  Mmm, yum.  This is definitely one of Derek’s favorite meals and I try to surprise him with it every now and again.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tubes crescent rolls
  • 1 lb. mozzarella cheese, shredded or thinly sliced

Brown beef and onion.  Drain.  Put cabbage on meat and steam until tender, approximately 20 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Spread one tube rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan.  Spread meat mixture on rolls, layer cheese slices and put the second tube of rolls on top of cheese.  Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cover the last 10 minutes to soften the crust.

Recipe from Zipcode Cooking, Ainsworth, NE, 2001

Photo by knorrbuzz

Tex-Mex Beef Tacos

14 Apr

Derek has been wanting to add more muscle-building protein into his diet so I’ve been looking for recipes that contain both meat(s) and beans.  We topped these with sour cream and tomatoes and they were very tasty.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1  cup  chopped onion
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  pound  ground sirloin
  • 1  cup  frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1  to 3 drained canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 10  (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas

Preparation

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, and beef; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble beef. Stir in corn and next 6 ingredients (corn through chiles). Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon 1/2 cup beef mixture into each tortilla.

Recipe from Southern Living

Tortilla de Godzilla

14 Apr

Ay chiwawa!  I can normally handle dishes with jalapenos but we must have gotten
some HOT ones.  I always say spicy foods keep me hydrated…I must have gone
through three glasses of milk.  They were very good, though, and really you
can’t go wrong with something that has Godzilla in its name.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and mashed
  • 2 green chile peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 large whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2/3 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated low-fat Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the beef, onion, and garlic until the beef is browned. Drain the fat.

2. Stir in the beans, chile pepper, and chili powder, and cook until hot. Remove from the heat.

3. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 20 seconds, then fill each tortilla with half the mixture. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese, and roll each tortilla tightly into a tube.

Recipe from MensHealth.com