In the hierarchy of red meat, ground beef has definitely carved out a place in our hearts.
Ground beef sounds like a simple ingredient, but it can shift into a variety of different dishes. And while burgers are no doubt a delicious Paleo meal—soups, appetizers, sauces, and casseroles are a great way to expand your culinary horizons when it comes to cooking with ground beef.
Add it to a hash for a balanced breakfast, crumble it into a fresh salad, or bake it into a hearty hot meal you serve at dinner. You can spice ground beef up with curry, sweeten its style with pineapple, or even pair it with bacon for an especially indulgent meal.
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1. Mexican Stuffed Peppers
It’s an edible, meal-sized bowl with perfectly seasoned yumminess inside! By the way, did you notice that this Mexican dish doesn’t include beans or rice? I’ll bet you didn’t because it’s too delicious to want anything else.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Mexican Stuffed Peppers
2. Taco Soup
Tacos don’t have to come in a shell. They can come in the form of a warm, comfortable soup too. The spices in this recipe will be sure to warm you up on a cool day! Add in some Paleo hot sauce for an extra kick.
Recipe: Fast Paleo | Taco Soup
3. Spaghetti Squash with Grass-Fed Beef and Mushrooms
Spaghetti squash is always a fun and healthy dish. Put it on the oven, and it transforms into spaghetti-like noodles all on its own—like magic! Adding mushrooms and ground beef add some heartiness, flavor, and depth.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Spaghetti Squash with Grass-Fed Beef and Mushrooms
4. Beef and Bacon Wonton Soup
A Paleo-friendly wonton soup can put a smile on anyone’s face. The ground beef mixed in with the chicken broth adds a variety of meaty flavors to this overall light soup. By the way, bacon also makes an appearance.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Beef and Bacon Wonton Soup
5. Taco Salad
Another variation on traditional tacos. This veggie-packed taco salad boasts romaine lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, green onions, taco seasoning, and a homemade dressing. Talk about fresh!
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Taco Salad
6. Emergency Meatballs
When you want meatballs quickly, this is the recipe you have been searching for. These juicy meatballs can be added to vegetable noodles with a good tomato sauce—or eaten by the handful.
Recipe: Stupid Easy Paleo | Emergency Meatballs
7. Sweet and Sour Pineapple Paleo Meatballs
If you are heading to a potluck, or are in need of some appetizers for a gathering you are hosting—this is a great go-to. Made in a homemade sweet chili sauce and pineapple chunks, this dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser. They also go well with cauliflower rice.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet and Sour Pineapple Paleo Meatballs
8. Paleo Mexican Tacos
Fresh lettuce makes for the perfect vehicle in this Paleo, grain-free recipe. Add ground beef, avocado and a medley of spices for a quick, fresh lunch.
Recipe: Thank You Honey | Lettuce Wrap Tacos
9. Paleo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Noodles and meat sauce don’t have to be non-Paleo. Spaghetti squash noodles and a homemade meat sauce brings this home-style dish—back into your home.
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Paleo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
10. Paleo Chili
Ah yes, chili isn’t really chili without some juicy ground beef. Add sweet potato if you are looking to beef up (haha) the heartiness in this dish. Side note: this Paleo cornbread recipe is to die for.
Recipe: Laura Fuentes | Paleo Chili
11. Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie
Heavenly comfort food that swaps white potatoes with cauliflower for a healthier-for-you take on a classic dish.
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie
12. Paleo Enchiladas
Gluten and cheese are the main ingredients in enchiladas—except these. Use a Paleo tortilla recipe to wrap them in, and you are set. You won’t even miss the cheese because of the creamy avocado.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Enchiladas
13. Sautéed Kale Stuffed Mushrooms
Whether you eat them as an appetizer, a main dish, or a snack, these hearty, stuffed mushrooms are sure to fill your belly quicker than you might think. They also offer a great serving of greens, as both spinach and kale are part of the mix.
Recipe: Rubies and Radishes | Sautéed Kale Stuffed Mushrooms
14. Tex Mex Sweet Potato Hash
Of course ground beef can be eaten for breakfast! Add some sweet potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and spinach for the perfect way to start the day.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Tex Mex Sweet Potato Hash
15. Sloppy Joe Boats
Sloppy Joes bring you right back to your childhood. This Paleo version is housed in a delicious spaghetti squash, which allows you to eat more of the yumminess.
Recipe: My Heart Beats | Sloppy Joe Boats
16. Pakistani Kima Beef Curry
Ground beef and spice makes everything nice—especially when it comes to this dish. There are definitely a ton of spices to go around here. Curry, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric really make this meal sing!
Recipe: Whole New Mom | Pakistani Kima Beef Curry
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