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Sometimes, we want food that’s healthy. Other times, we are looking for comfort food that takes us back to our childhood. Thanks to the surprising versatility of the main ingredient, these ground beef meal prep ideas are recipes that you will come back to over and over again.
Whether you’ve mastered the art of meal prep or are still trying to figure out how to meal prep, these ground beef meal prep ideas are perfect. They’re simple, delicious meals that you, your friends, and your family will love. Pick one out today and get ready to dig in. We also have a huge list of ground turkey meal prep ideas to check out after!
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32 Ground Beef Meal Prep Ideas
These ground beef meal prep ideas are here to put more time back in your day and money back into your budget. Perhaps you’re ready to plan dinners for the month or maybe you simply need to spice up your breakfast repertoire. No matter what, this list has something for you.
Breakfast Ground Beef Meal Prep Recipes
Get a head start on any of these breakfast options by meal prepping your ground beef over the weekend or using leftover ground beef from dinner the night before. You’ll be rising and shining even faster.
This is one of those breakfast dishes that tastes too good to be true. A blend of taco meat, cilantro rice, and scrambled eggs comes together for a delicious meal that’s great for on-the-go mornings. The best part? Thanks to the cauliflower rice, the dish fits any low carb or keto diet.
These egg cups are the copycat version of Starbucks Egg Bites. Not only are you about to devour a tasty and portable breakfast, you’ll keep some extra money in your budget by cooking at home. The recipe packs over 20 grams of protein, mostly thanks to the lean ground beef. Though it does get some help from the cottage cheese, shredded cheese, and eggs that make up the egg cups.
This skillet casserole breakfast is a people pleaser. Maybe you’re looking to send the kids off to school in style or perhaps you want a quick and easy weekend brunch idea. As long as there’s a slot for breakfast in your meal plan, there’s a reason to make this dish! Did we mention you can actually store and reheat the meal for 2-3 days?
Plus, you can adjust the heat in the dish. If you want a real morning wake up call, look for tomatoes with green chiles and add Pepper Jack cheese. If you want to keep things calm, use regular tomatoes and cheddar cheese.
If you have leftover ground beef from a dinnertime meal, consider yourself in luck! You can easily whip together this eggs in tomato sauce dish. The dish is topped with poached eggs. The flavor combination of the savory tomato sauce mixed with the yolk is truly unique.
For comfort food, it clocks in at only 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points. Serve it sans flatbread, and you’ve got a low carb meal in a matter of minutes.
If you need a hearty morning meal, look no further than this frittata. The recipe rounds up everything from ground beef and potatoes to veggies and rice to make a filling dish you can serve for breakfast, brunch, and beyond. Save yourself some time by using leftover ground beef (meal prep for the win!).
Use up your leftover taco meat to make a paleo breakfast in a snap. Cumin, paprika, garlic power, onion powder, and red onion make for a fantastic flavor combination. You’ll look forward to any morning when you know this meal is on the menu. As a pro tip, use a high heat silicone spatula to spread the coconut oil. That gives your pan a nice even coating.
You could go out to breakfast. Or you could sleep in a little longer and stay in your pajamas as late as you want by serving breakfast at home. This skillet is made with a mouthwatering ground beef base, seasoned with everything from marjoram to cayenne pepper. Mix in some veggies and potatoes, and serve it with fried eggs on top.
Do you have picky eaters in your house? Maybe you are the picky eater! With a name like Cheeseburger Frittata, even the most skeptical eaters are going to line up for this ground beef dish. It’s like your favorite burger without the bun — keep the taste, ditch the carbs.
While you might think frittatas need to start on the stove before hitting the oven, the perfect pie pan means you can cook this in the oven from start to finish.
A breakfast dish that keeps for three or four days in the fridge? Sign us up! If you start your day with this dish, you’ll be loading up on protein, plus a healthy dose of veggies. That’s right. Veggies for breakfast in the form of green and yellow peppers.
There are also eggs, black beans, onion, and a heaping of spices. Top it with some cherry tomatoes and avocado slices for a real treat.
Honestly, with a name like this, do you really even need a description to convince you to try the recipe? Just when you thought breakfast tacos couldn’t get any more convenient, they get turned into muffins. Eggs are packed with nutrients.
These little powerhouses are protein rich and perfectly customizable. Fresh and simple ingredients will have everyone reaching for these gluten-free treats.
Dinnertime Ground Beef Meal Prep Ideas
We’ve already got breakfast covered. Ground beef is also a surprisingly versatile and healthy option for dinners. Whether it’s an update on a favorite dish from your childhood or something totally new, there’s a ground beef meal prep idea here for everyone.
Whether you’re cooking for your own family or for guests this is an easy one pot meal that is sure to impress. It stores well in the fridge, developing favour overnight and is a breeze to reheat. That means it’s perfect for meal prep, hectic weekdays or a nice recipe to file away for meal trains for family, friends, and neighbors in need.
Beef and broccoli is a takeout staple. But what if you could get dinner on the table faster than you can drive to your favorite restaurant? Thanks to shortcut from the ground beef in this dish, you can! The whole meal comes together in fifteen minutes flat and you can prep multiple meals with a single recipe.
This stir fry is a cinch to pull together any weeknight. To keep things moving even faster for you during a busy week, you can chop your veggies during your weekend meal prep. As you cook, adjust the heat by adding a little or a lot of red pepper flakes.
If you’re watching carbs, consider swapping out the rice in favor of cauliflower rice. As a garnish, add chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
If you’re worried about needing to add more to the meal, know that it’s already a very filling dish. Between the ground beef and the rice (not to mention the pepper itself!), you’ve got dinner covered. If you want to serve something extra, consider pairing it with a soup or a salad.
Get ready to make your Taco Tuesday dreams come true. This skillet is the perfect meal prep recipe. Cook it up quickly and portion it out into airtight containers. They’ll stay fresh for up to four days. The festive color combination and flavor is guaranteed to bring a smile to your mealtime for lunch or dinner!
If Sloppy Joes leave you feeling a little nostalgic, you’re in good company. They’re a kid favorite for a reason! These Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls get a grown-up twist served atop baked potatoes. Serve up this healthy and fun comfort food for family mealtime or as a new game-day favorite.
If you think diets are boring, think again. Even if you’re not following a keto diet, you won’t want to miss this dish. The lemon, paprika, cumin, thyme, and mint mingle together for a Mediterranean flare.
Serve it with a side of veggie pilaf, and you’ve got a meal prep recipe that will shake up your meal plans. As an added bonus, it clocks in at about $4 a serving.
The ingredients aren’t unusual. Brown rice, ground beef, sweet corn, and black beans. It’s standard fare when it comes to burritos. However, the avocado cream sauce sets this Beef Burrito Meal Prep Bowl apart from the rest. If you’re looking to put an even healthier twist on this dish, use quinoa instead of rice or serve it on top of a plate of greens instead.
We’re not sure that there is box that this recipe leaves unchecked. Low carb? Yes. Gluten free? Sure is. Paleo-friendly? You got it. Ready fast? 30 minutes or less! Of course, it’s also really tasty. You prep it all on a sheet pan, so that means there’s next to no clean up either.
What are you waiting for? Add this to your meal plans ASAP!
We talk a lot about special diets. To follow any diet, you have to know your stuff. But if you follow a low FODMAP diet, you know how difficult it is to find a meal that meets your needs and delights your tastebuds. This skillet is for you! It’s also for anyone who wants a quick and colorful meal on their table in half an hour.
There’s only six ingredients in this fuss-free dish (and one of them is bacon!). You can also use frozen broccoli florets as another meal prep shortcut. After you cook up the meat and veggies, serve it with rice, cauliflower rice, roasted potatoes, or even stuffed baked potatoes.
Your schedule is jam-packed, so you already know meal prepping is your secret weapon. Think of this as meal prep made even easier. Why? This hearty meal is made with just five ingredients, and it’ll be on your table faster than you can end your phone call with your mom (it’s OK, we multitask, too!).
Not only are the zucchini boats a fun twist on dinner, they’re also a delicious way to cut carbs.
A filling meal topped with a layer of gooey cheese. If that doesn’t get your whole family looking forward to dinnertime, what will? When you get ready to cook, don’t be afraid to get creative with what’s in your pantry. If you don’t have rice, use a small pasta, like an orzo.
Use green beans instead of peas. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. The recipe is flexible to accommodate your tastes and to save you from making another trip to the grocery store.
These easy pasta dish will be your new weeknight go-to. It’s creamy and comforting courtesy of ingredients like cream and Italian seasoning. If you happen to find yourself with leftovers, it also reheats beautifully. It looks like you now have dinner and lunch covered.
This Rigatoni Pasta Bake is another dish that’s perfect for sharing. If you can bring yourself to part with it, this dish is a mouth-watering way to welcome home moms from the hospital or to show a sick coworker you care.
It’s essentially a ground beef casserole that gets punched up a few notches thanks to the tomato sauce and all that cheese. Should you find yourself on a meal prep roll, this dish freezes really well.
Culinary dreams really do come true. This dish is a fusion of your favorite Mexican flavors mixed with pasta, It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, and flavor-packed. Top your taco pasta with salsa, avocado, cilantro, or anything else that you have a taste for.
Meal prepping is all about working smarter, not harder. That’s why we had to include this slow cooker recipe in our ground beef meal prep roundup. The slow cooker does most of the heavy lifting here. If you want to cut a huge corner, you can also skip the homemade sauce and serve it up with a can of your favorite store bought sauce.
FYI: Meatballs freeze surprisingly well. That is, if you happen to have any left over.
It’s just as easy to make as the original (shout out to slow cookers everywhere!). This hamburger helper recipe has gotten its act cleaned up, though, so it is a healthier take on the dish you might remember. It’s actually loaded with vegetables. We dare you to try to taste them!
If you’re looking for a fast mealtime idea that is also unique, these Asian Beef Bowls are for you. As an added bonus, you can also find the gluten-free version of every ingredient on this list. Once they’re plated, top the bowls with whatever you like; try out shredded veggies, slivered almonds, chopped cashews or anything else.
OK, so this isn’t ground beef. It’s ground turkey. You can substitute ground beef if you want, but we love this dish so much, we had to share it here. It’s low carb thanks to the lemon cauliflower rice. Not only does the rice give it a zesty kick, the Greek salad and tzatziki will wake your tastebuds up. As a bonus, the dish is also gluten free.
It’s true that this is another dish where the original recipe calls for ground turkey instead of ground beef. But for a meal that’s this simple and this filling and clocks in at only 400 calories, it’s worth adding to the list. This Korean Turkey Meal Prep is low calorie and protein packed.
You can serve this us as a weeknight meal or make it ahead of time on weekends as part of your meal prep for weekday lunches.
No other recipe on this list even comes close to this dish. The fresh cabbage and carrots contrast wonderfully with the bed of rice. But you might miss it thanks to all the flavor from the ginger, chili sauce, and garlic. And if you really want to be a stickler about list titles (or only have ground beef on hand!), ground beef is the perfect substitute for the ground turkey.
Richmond Howard started Meal Prepify in 2019 and has helped over a million people learn how to meal prep, get better at meal planning, and create a kitchen they love to use. He’s an avid home chef and loves to bbq, grill out, and make awesome food for family and friends. He’s been featured on MSN, Renaissance Periodization, and Good Financial Cents.