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10 Ground Beef Recipes You Ate Growing Up That Are Still Awesome - Recipes from The Kitchn

10 Ground Beef Recipes You Ate Growing Up That Are Still Awesome - Recipes from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - October 11, 2017

Pick up a humble pack of ground beef on your next grocery shopping trip, and let dinner take you on a trip down memory lane. This budget-friendly meat is the beginning of so many childhood favorites, like beef tacos, pasta skillets, and sloppy Joesall of which are just as irresistibly satisfying today. Here are 10 of our favorites that are sure to spark some nostalgia.

1. Sheet Pan Burgers and Fries

Inspired by the tiny White Castle sliders and crinkle fries of your youth, this version treats you to a slightly thicker burger. Do not worryit's still packed with all those soft onions you remember. Best of all, the whole meal comes together on a sheet pan for easy prep and easy cleanup.

2. How To Make Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Spaghetti and meatballs is a timeless childhood classic. This easy slow cooker version simmers in sauce for hours while you go about your day.

3. One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni

Because it's a proven fact that cheese makes everything better, this grown-up version of Hamburger Helper gets a big handful of cheddar melted over the top. This is a dinner guaranteed to be a hit all around the table.

4. Weeknight Cabbage Rolls

Just like the classic you remember, this version fills tender cabbage leaves with a savory meat-and-rice filling, all blanketed with a sweet-and-sour tomato sauce. And to make this dish more weeknight-friendly, we make these on the stovetop in just one skillet, from start to finish.

5. Southwest Skillet Ragu

This might make you nostalgic for Hamburger Helper or remind you of the goulash your mom used to make. Either way, it's a recipe that deserves a place in your meal plan. It's wonderfully saucy, loaded with a warm blend of spices, and best of all comes together in a single skillet.

6. Sloppy Joes

7. Freezer Taco Kits

8. How To Make Meatloaf from Scratch

9. How To Make Burgers on the Stovetop

10. Cheesy Beefaroni

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