Southern food is a reflection of Southern hospitality and is often described as comfort food that’s perfect for any season. While the cuisine has enjoyed diverse food traditions, meat, particularly ground beef, has played a vital role in the culinary landscape of the South.
Experience some of the best comforting foods with these terrific Southern recipes with ground beef. They’re sure to appeal to your taste buds and health, making them a fine addition to any meal menu.
1. Award-Winning Southern Soul Chili
Perfect for feeding a crowd, this classic chili recipe is a must-try. It calls for cooking ground beef, sausage, and beans in a rich sauce flavored with condiments and spices. You can serve it with toppings to add extra nutrition and flavor. It’s easy to freeze, so you can make a big batch to enjoy later.
2. Beef Tater Tot Casserole
This five-ingredient dish will be a favorite among both kids and adults. Browned ground beef is cooked with sautéed onion and tater tots with a generous helping of cream of mushroom soup and milk. It produces a rich, creamy dish that is full of flavor. Serve it with a side of green salad to round up your meal.
3. Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe Sliders
These iconic sliders will be a hit at your next cookout. You can make it in just 35 minutes with a handful of ingredients, including ground beef, butter, minced garlic, cheese, and Hawaiian rolls. The appetizer is perfect for game nights, potluck parties, and family events. So, prepare a big batch because no one will want to stop at one!
4. Classic Patty Melt Sandwich
Patty melt sandwiches are an all-American classic! First, juicy hamburger patties are layered with indulgent cheese and aromatic caramelized onions between two slices of bread. Next, the sandwich is toasted until the cheese melts and the bread turns crisp, buttery, and golden brown. Slice immediately and serve!
5. Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Made in a crockpot, these Sloppy Joes are full of rich flavors and tender, juicy ground beef. Yum! You can make this popular meal by cooking ground beef with brown sugar, onion, ketchup, and spices, producing a crowd-pleasing dish you’ll want to make again, and again, and again. You can serve it with pickles or with a side salad.
6. Curry Beef & Garden Skillet
This garden skillet meal is a budget-friendly dinner that doesn’t compromise on flavor! The dish requires only a handful of ingredients, most of which are already available in your pantry. It produces a dish that’s convenient to make and steeped in health benefits and flavor. You can serve it over rice for a satisfying supper.
7. Ground Beef Casserole
This recipe combines three favorites — noodles, cheese, and ground beef — to produce a simple but delicious meal that’s super comforting. It calls for layering the hamburger mixture in a casserole dish, then adding cheese between the layers and baking until the cheese is golden brown and melted. The recipe also includes a variation (on the stovetop with taco seasoning!) you can try to expand your food palate.
8. Natchitoches Meat Pies
These cute little pies take a lot of prep time, but you can speed things up a bit by preparing the dough a day before. The filling for the meat pies includes two different types of ground meat and lots of good-for-you veggies. Flavor them with Cajun spices and aromatic garlic to enjoy a mouthwatering dish.
9. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
Here’s a classic comfort meal that combines mac and cheese with chili, producing a crowd-favorite dish in one pot and 30 minutes — perfect for hectic weeknights! Make it with ground beef, macaroni, and aromatics, and use Velveeta with other types of cheese to enhance the creaminess of the dish. You can also add various spices to alter it to your taste.
10. Loaded Pizza Pasta Casserole
This loaded pizza pasta casserole is the stuff of dreams. Make this hearty family meal with macaroni, ground beef, veggies, spices, and seasonings. It will produce a golden-brown, cheesy, hearty meal that’s best served with garlic bread and a green salad. It freezes well, so you can cook a big batch and freeze extras to enjoy on hectic weekdays.
11. Southern Ghoulash
A popular Southern meal, goulash is the perfect meal to make when you want something quick and delicious. Make this tasty meal by simmering pasta, ground beef, and tomato sauce with loads of seasonings. It produces a heartwarming treat that’s perfect for chilly days. Add some sour cream on top, and serve!
12. Southern Stuffed Bell Peppers
Made with just five ingredients, including ground beef, rice, bell peppers, salsa, and grated cheese, these southern stuffed bell peppers are loaded with flavor. Garnish with some sour cream or yogurt, or pair it with a side of salsa to serve. The recipe is highly adaptable, so you can use whatever you have on hand for a quick weeknight meal.
13. Southern-Style Hamburger Steaks with Onion and Mushroom Gravy
Hamburgers are wonderful on their own, but this Southern-style recipe takes the classic to the next level by serving it smothered in lip-smacking onion and mushroom gravy — a delicious spin on Salisbury steak! The key element here is the hamburger steaks made with ground beef, EVOO, and seasonings. You can serve them with a side of mashed potatoes or your favorite greens to round up your meal.
14. The Ultimate Southern Style Burger
This recipe is so good that you’ll reach for it every time you crave a burger! The bun holds well-seasoned patties made with protein-rich ground beef paired with melted pimento cheese, crispy onion rings, and fried green tomatoes. The buns are smothered in a sweet-savory tomato jam to delight your taste buds with complex flavors in every bite.