Ground beef has to be one of the most versatile kinds of meat that you can use in your cooking.
After all, virtually every cuisine has some way of preparing beef or ground beef in their style, making it useful for pretty much any kind of flavor you are looking to eat tonight.
Depending on your location and the price of beef around you, it is very easy to get a hold of a large quantity for relatively little money.
Plus, it can also be cooked in a massive variety of ways. It can be baked, it can be pan-fried, it can be grilled, or it can be put in a pot or slow cooker.
This last style of cooking however often turns people away from the method of cooking.
After all, it can take up to 10 hours sometimes to prepare these recipes, and plenty of people have got busy lives that they need to manage, even if the results are delicious.
However, that does not mean that pot-prepared ground beef recipes (see also ‘40 Easy And Delicious Ground Beef Recipes‘) are to be reserved for those few occasions where you can watch your beef stew for a few hours (especially if you have a pressure cooker handy).
There are plenty of recipes out there where potted ground beef can be prepared in far less time?
This is where this list comes in!
In this guide, we are going to show you the best recipes for instantly preparing (well, almost instantly preparing) ground beef for a delicious meal for you, your friends, or your family.
Starting this list with a classic recipe that is loved across the world, beef stroganoff is a pot recipe that is a signature dish across many central and Eastern European countries.
A beautiful blend of mushrooms, and beef, slathered on a bed of either pasta or rice depending on your personal preference.
So, the fact that there is an instant version of this recipe is a great way of enjoying these flavors when there isn’t a lot of time to make it!
Beef is a popular ingredient that is used in many South East Asian countries, including across the Korean Peninsula (see also ‘25 Delicious Korean Barbecue Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water‘).
This Korean beef pot benefits from all the traditional flavors and spices that you have come to expect from Korean cooking, all with the convenience of being prepared in less than an hour!
Don’t forget to add the cornstarch, otherwise, you may find that your recipe is a little wetter than you might like!
Ziti pasta is an absolute favorite for many Italian-American dishes, and it is easy to see why.
Packed to the top of the pot with vegetables, ground beef, pasta, and cheese, it’s not hard to see why so many people love cooking these types of recipes in slow cookers.
It is a recipe that, as this particular one shows, is only improved by cranking that cooking speed up to 11!
Made in less than 45 minutes, this is a recipe that can be made from a handful of core ingredients that you probably have around your home, making a great slap-dash meal to cook for yourself or your family.
This may seem like a crazy combination at first but stick with us for just a little while.
Mexican and Italian recipes both often use lots of tomatoes, giving them a shared ground in terms of ingredients, it is a similarity that extends well beyond just tomatoes, however, with meats, cheeses, and plenty of seasonings to boot.
It’s almost surprising that someone hasn’t tried to combine these cuisines already!
So, not only is this instant pot recipe a novelty, but it is a tasty dish that can be prepared in no time at all!
With it being such a popular dish, is it any surprise that there is more than one stroganoff recipe out there?
This particular version of this classic European dish is just as easy to make as the last one that we covered, as well as is packed full of flavors and ingredients that are good for you too!
Of course, many of these recipes do somewhat prioritize flavors of low-calorie intake, meaning that they are pretty hearty meals.
If you’re looking for a recipe that is both easy to whip up and also great for keeping your carb intake low, then this is the recipe for you!
Mac and Chili is an underrated combo that was practically tailor-made to be thrown in a pot.
And with such simple ingredients thrown together, making a quick recipe out of these should be a breeze to make too!
Whilst French cuisine has plenty of amazing flavors that can rival almost anything Italians can prepare, it never seems to get quite as popular as its southern European counterpart.
We wonder if it’s because there don’t seem to be as many instant versions of their most iconic recipes.
So, let’s see if this amazing instant bourguignon changes that!
Coming in with a surprise entry from Hungary on this list, Goulash is probably THE Hungarian recipe that almost everyone has at least heard of.
However, it is in that awkward position where few people, either due to the normal complexity or cooking time, opt to not try making it for themselves.
Change that with this recipe!
Who doesn’t love a good meatball, slathered in amazing tomato sauce?
Whilst we can’t guarantee that this meatball recipe can be made with porcupine meat (this is a list of the best BEEF recipe ideas, after all), we can say with some confidence that the meatball that it does create are stunningly juicy, and ready to be eaten within the hour!
Enjoy your 12 juicy meatballs with pasta, in a sub sandwich, or anything else you can think of!
11. Beef Burgundy
It is that time again to promote french cuisine (see also ‘33 Traditional French Recipes‘) to the masses with this amazing pot beef recipe.
Stewed in red wine to give the beef an aromatic flavor and smell, this recipe usually takes several hours to prepare and cook, at least.
The fact that some genius on the internet managed to accomplish a similar result in a little over one, is mind-blowing to us.
Now, granted, that is a pretty hectic hour of preparation and cooking to be done.
But once you’re finished, you’ll have a taste of French cuisine that would blow anyone away with its quality!
Sloppy Joes are a staple dinner sandwich for houses across the country. Anyone that claims otherwise is easy lying to you, or secretly jealous (… probably. We aren’t mind readers, after all).
So, making a sloppy joe ground beef mix to be served straight into a bread bun of some kind, or over a bed of pasta or rice, is an easy sell for us.
Get those buns ready for serving!
Whilst the image of a bunch of mini burger patties floating in a soup bowl is funny to us, we’d much rather tuck into this ground hamburger beef recipe than be disappointed a the lack of burger shapes involved.
Time for another entry of our favorite comfort food!
We aren’t the only ones that think that beans and macaroni go together perfectly if the number of recipes on this list is any indication!
In the same way that you can never have too many mac and bean recipes, we also are full supporters of the idea that no amount of meatball recipes is enough meatball recipes!
Add a little BBQ into the mix, and you have the perfect meatball sub with just the right amount of heat!
Casseroles are probably some of the most popular family dishes in the country, behind pizza and maybe meatloaf, at a push.
So, we’re happy to see that someone made this already convenient recipe even more convenient for even more people to make!
17. Mongolian Beef
Now, this is a pleasant surprise recipe to add to your repertoire!
Mongolian recipes have started becoming a little more popular in recent years, and it is thanks to recipes like this that make it incredibly easy to follow and make them for yourself.
It certainly beats spending a ton of money on expensive restaurants, that’s for sure!
If you are as much Philly cheese steak lovers as we are, then you’re going to love the pasta variety that this recipe has whipped up for your viewing pleasure!
Using nice wide rigatoni pasta to capture plenty of ground beef and cheese, this is glorious comfort food to make on a cold day or evening in.
Back to the ground beef and ground macaroni recipes we go!
We can’t guarantee that you won’t fall in love with this comforting recipe that can be made in less than half an hour as we did.
… However, we’d be very surprised if you didn’t!
Again, you can never have too many meatball recipes.
Like the last porcupine meatball recipe (see also ‘25 Delicious Meatball Recipe Appetizers‘) we covered, this recipe gets its prickly name not by being made with porcupine meat (thank goodness), but from the grains of rice that poke out from underneath meatball’s surface.
Beef and potatoes go together like… well, meat and potatoes.
However, to get the right consistency for both of these key ingredients, plenty of time is often taken to get them just right.
Or, if you’re in a rush, just try this recipe instead!
Again, we want to make it very clear that being on a low-carb diet is no excuse to starve yourself of tasty recipes.
So, count your lucky stars that we’ve found a few recipes for people on keto diets (see also ‘53 Easy Keto Recipes Perfect For Dinner‘), such as this beef chili recipe.
So, that’s great flavors, low carbs, and done in a flash. What more could you ask from a recipe?
If you’re in the mood for a Mexican-style meal this evening, then you’re going to need to prepare some chicken well in advance with some seasoning, which can make more planning and time than you’d probably like.
Alternatively, you can prepare this instant pot of ground beef instead!
This recipe is perfect for tacos, burritos, and plenty of other Mexican-themed recipes that you can think of.
Speaking of recipes that are perfect for burritos, we’re coming in fast with another amazing receipt at is perfect for filling your burritos with.
With plenty of cheese topping this ground beef mix, plus plenty of Mexican vegetable salad to go with it, it’s already primed for being wrapped in a tortilla.
Add a little rice to the mix, and you’re set for a tasty mouthful of Mexican flavors.
Lasagna is another favorite recipe or ours to make. But sometimes, it can feel like such as drag to prepare, especially on a day when we’d rather relax and sit back.
Fortunately, this lazy man’s version of a lasagna still tastes phenomenal! Just combine the ingredients in with your pasta mix, rather than worrying about layering the food out.
And finally, for the last recipe on this list, we have another sloppy joes dish to show you all.
As sloppy and quick to make as it is easy to throw and eat in a bun, we love how sloppy joes are effectively just minced and wetter burger dishes.
Don’t be frugal with this recipe. It’s just begging to be eaten!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Beef Get More Tender The Longer You Cook It?
Generally speaking, beef will get softer the longer you cook it.
This is often why slow cookers will take anywhere from 3 to 10 hours to fully prepare a meal in a slow cooker, as the ingredients, especially whatever meat you have chosen, have a chance to soak up plenty of juices.
However, the result can also be achieved in much less time if you have access to a pressure cooker, reducing the amount of time it takes to cook your meat to a fraction of the total time.
However, unless the recipes in this list specify otherwise, you should try and stick to simple pots to make these recipes.
How Do I Tell If My Minced Beef Has Gone Bad?
This can be a little trickier than with a beef steak, as things such as texture aren’t as clear in ground beef. After all, it has had most of its original shape and consistency… well, ground down!
However, color is a very good indicator of whether ground beef has gone bad.
Good ground beef should a bright pink or light red when it is raw.
If you have noticed that your beef has started to turn a faded brown or light gray color, this is a clear indication that your beef has expired, and needs to be thrown away.
So, there you have it.
Whilst there’s a decent chance that not everyone will have the exact equipment for everything we’ve mentioned, we know for a fact that you’ll enjoy eating pretty much any of them!