Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Easy Recipes for Ground Beef

Ground meats, including beef, chicken and turkey are great to keep on hand to make quick and nutritious meals. There are so many easy recipes using ground beef, but you can substitute the lighter turkey or chicken if you like. Best yet, ground meats are lower cost than other cuts of meat.

Some of our favorite easy recipes for ground beef include tacos or taco salad; chili with beans; sloppy joes; and shepherds pie (if you don't have leftover roast you can use ground meat).

My own chili with beans recipe is a great favorite with my family, and I hope your family will like it too:

Chili with Beans
serves 4

½ large onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 envelope McCormick chili mix (spicy or medium blend)
1 T Mexican Chili powder
1 t Garlic powder
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce minced fine
1 can chopped tomatoes in juice (14 oz)
1 can spicy chili beans
Veggie broth

Saute chopped onion in olive oil until translucent. Add ground beef. Stir and cook until browned. Add about one tablespoon Mexican chili powder, one teaspoon or more garlic powder and McCormick chili mix. Stir in minced chipotle, tomatoes and beans. Add enough veggie broth or beef broth to make a nice consistency. Bring to a boil and simmer at least 10 minutes.

Serve with chopped red or green onion, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

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