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You can do so much with ground beef—from meatballs to stews and casseroles. But we all know that grandma’s ground beef recipes were the best.

1. Ground Beef Spaghetti Skillet
I remember my grandma making this stovetop supper many times—we always loved granny’s spaghetti! My husband and I now enjoy making this for our supper. You can easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef if that’s what you have on hand. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana
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2. Grandma’s Swedish Meatballs
My mother made these hearty meatballs when we were growing up, and now my kids love them, too. My daughter likes to help shake the meatballs in flour. —Karin Ness, Big Lake, Minnesota
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3. Spaghetti Pie Casserole
My family adores this spaghetti casserole. It’s old-timey comfort food. This is how to make baked spaghetti with cream cheese. —Patricia Lavell, Islamorada, Florida
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4. Creamy Beef & Potatoes
One of my husband’s favorite childhood memories was eating his Grandma Barney’s Tater Tot Casserole. It’s just as much fun making with O’Brien potatoes, too. — Heather Matthews, Keller, Texas
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5. Phyllo-Layered Pastichio
My grandfather always made pastichio on special occasions or when we had guests coming for dinner. I cherish the happy memories I have of him teaching me how to cook one of his signature dishes. —Tina Waisman, Safety Harbor, Florida
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6. Danish Meatballs with Pan Gravy
My great-grandmother made these meatballs, and I’m sure her mother must have taught her. Six generations have enjoyed them, and one of my daughters even served them at her wedding. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California
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7. Mashed Potato Beef Casserole
This recipe came out of my mother’s cookbook. The smudges and splatters show that Mom used it extensively to feed our large family. The tarragon really comes through to make a flavorful main dish. Now I prepare this recipe for our four children and six grandchildren. —Helen McGeorge, Abbotsford, British Columbia
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8. Beef and Mushrooms with Smashed Potatoes
I was inspired to make this recipe after I couldn’t stop thinking of a similar dish served in my elementary school cafeteria more than 50 years ago! I like that it’s quick to make, and my husband, my grandchildren and everyone else love it. —Ronna Farley, Rockville, Maryland
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9. Big Batch Cheeseburger Soup
When my mother-in-law gave me her recipe for cheeseburger soup, I changed it a little to make it my own. You can use turkey meat instead of beef or add bell peppers or jalapenos for a little kick. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
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10. Slow-Cooked Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is to the British as meat loaf is to Americans, so when I was a young child living in the U.K., I had it almost once a week. This is my go-to recipe when I’m longing for the sights and smells of my mother’s kitchen. Turns out people here love it just as much! —Mari Sitkiewicz, Downers Grove, Illinois
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11. Slow-Cooker Golombki
I modified my mom’s classic Polish dish to fit my hectic life. Instead of boiling the cabbage and then filling it with beef, I just toss the ingredients in the slow cooker. It’s much easier and tastes just as good. —Mary Walker, Clermont, Florida
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12. Tourtieres
Some time ago, a co-worker brought a meat pie to lunch. The aroma was familiar—after one taste, I was amazed to discover it was the same pie my grandmother used to serve when I was a youngster! She shared the recipe, and I have been enjoying it ever since. —Rita Winterberger, Huson, Montana
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13. Sloppy Joe Stew
This old-fashioned stew has a slightly sweet taste from the addition of canned corn. You can make the stew ahead of time and reheat it for a quick meal later on. – Clair Long, Destrehan, Louisiana
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14. Church Supper Hot Dish
This recipe was in my mother’s church cookbook, and now it’s in my church cookbook! Apparently is was too good to miss a generation. I often make this dish to take along to potlucks…and it seems that if I don’t, someone else will! It’s hearty and so tasty! —Norma Turner, Haslett, Michigan
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15. French Meat and Vegetable Pie
Some time ago, a co-worker brought a meat pie to lunch. The aroma was familiar—after one taste, I was amazed to discover it was the same pie my grandmother used to serve when I was a youngster! She shared the recipe, and I have been enjoying it ever since. —Rita Winterberger, Huson, Montana
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16. Vegetable Beef Casserole
This easy one-dish recipe has been a family favorite ever since my husband’s aunt handed it down to me 35 years ago. Try adding whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple salad goes nicely with this dish. —Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia
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17. Skillet Beef and Macaroni
I found this simple skillet recipe years ago on a can label. I made some tweaks, and my family loved it. Because it’s so easy to put together, it’s a real timesaver for people with super busy schedules. —Maxine Neuhauser, Arcadia, California
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18. Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls
It was an abundance of dill in my garden that led me to try this. My family liked the taste so much that, from then on, I made my old fashioned cabbage rolls recipe with dill. This is how to make easy cabbage rolls. – Florence Krantz, Bismarck, North Dakota
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19. Porcupine Meatballs
These well-seasoned porcupine meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are one of my mom’s best main dishes. I used to love this meal when I was growing up. I made it at home for our children, and now my daughters make it for their families. —Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin
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20. Upper Peninsula Pasties
I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where many people are of English ancestry. Pasties—traditional meat pies often eaten by hand—are popular there. —Carole Lynn Derifield, Valdez, Alaska
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21. Beef ‘n’ Biscuit Bake
This recipe is quick, easy and satisfying. With its beef and corn combo, it’s cozy cuisine at its best! —Erin Schneider, St. Peters, Missouri
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22. Ground Beef Stroganoff
MY mother-in-law gave me this recipe 25 years ago. It’s been a staple in my meal planning ever since because it’s easy and takes little time to prepare. I usually serve it with green beans or another vegetable and a salad. -Marjorie Kriegh, Nampa, Idaho
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23. Sloppy Joe Under a Bun
I usually keep a can of sloppy joe sauce in the pantry, because our kids love sloppy joes. But sometimes I don’t have buns on hand. With this fun casserole, we can still enjoy the flavor that they love in a flash. The bun-like top crust is made with biscuit mix, sprinkled with sesame seeds and baked until golden. -Trish Bloom, Ray, Michigan
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24. Great-Grandma’s Italian Meatballs
My great-grandmother started this easy meatball recipe with our family. We use ground beef and turkey for these meatballs, and the flavor’s so good, you won’t miss the extra calories. —Audrey Colantino, Winchester, Massachusetts
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25. Italian Pasta Sauce
As a special part of their wedding buffet, my daughter Kris’ husband fixed a big batch of this thick flavorful pasta sauce. The recipe was brought by his grandmother from Italy more than 80 years ago. —Judy Braun, Juneau, Wisconsin
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26. Tangy Beef Turnovers
“My mom’s recipe for these flavorful pockets called for dough made from scratch, but I streamlined it by using crescent rolls,” informs Claudia Bodecker of Ash Flat, Arkansas. “My children love them plain or dipped in ketchup.”
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27. Vegetable Soup with Hamburger
“I work full time and have a family of four,” relates Theresa Jackson of Cicero, New York. “We sit down to a home-cooked meal just about every night, many times thanks to my slow cooker. This hearty soup is often on the menu.”
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28. Grandma’s Rice Dish
My grandmother often made rice dishes when I was young. I forgot about this casserole until I found myself one day adding the same ingredients to leftover rice. The memories came flooding back, and I’ve made this recipe regularly since then. —Lorna Moore, Glendora, California
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29. Hearty Rye Melts
When we moved from the Midwest to Kentucky, we were invited to a neighborhood gathering, where this appetizer was served. “Hanky panky”—as it’s often called around here—is traditionally served at Derby Day parties, but at our home it’s become a year-round favorite.
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30. Southwestern Beef Barley Stew
Hearty and easy to fix, this thick stew, from Lisa Kolenicn of Regina, Saskatchewan, has a comforting, chili-like flavor. “It’s my best barley recipe. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a tasty dish.”
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31. Beefy Swiss Bundles
Kids and adults alike will devour these comforting, yet special, pockets. With creamy mashed potatoes, gooey cheese and flavorful seasonings, what’s not to love? Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
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32. Makeover Traditional Lasagna
I’ve never been quick to pass along my special recipes, but this one is so good that it’s become our family’s Christmas Eve tradition! —Michelle Behan, Littleton, Colorado
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33. Italian Mushroom Meat Loaf
Healthful oats and flaxseed amp up the nutrition in this tasty meat loaf. —Kylie Werning, Candler, North Carolina
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34. Shepherd’s Pies
When you need a real meat-and-potatoes fix, try this hearty layered casserole that blends from-scratch mashed potatoes with cream cheese and a meat filling. Your favorite barbecue sauce gives the dish an extra tang. —Cindy Kliskey, Pepperell, Massachusetts
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35. Traditional Italian Wedding Soup
You don’t have to be Italian to love this easy-to-make soup with tiny round pasta! Add homemade meatballs but use ready-made stock and rotisserie chicken.—Mary Sheetz, Carmel, Indiana
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36. Stovetop Goulash
I created this recipe after trying goulash at a local restaurant. The blend of spices gives it great flavor, and it’s so easy to make on a weeknight! —Karen Schelert, Portland, Oregon
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37. One-Pot Spinach Beef Soup
My idea of a winning weeknight meal is this beefy soup that simmers in one big pot. Grate some Parmesan and pass the crackers. —Julie Davis, Jacksonville, Florida
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38. Pressure-Cooker Ground Beef Stroganoff
My mother gave me this recipe 40 years ago. It’s a wonderfully tasty dish to share around the dinner table. —Sue Mims, Macclenny, Florida
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39. Ground Beef Veggie Stew
This is a wonderful hearty stew to help use up all the late-summer veggies in your garden. I like that it’s filling enough to make a meal, and it’s good for you too! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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40. Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy
This hearty main dish is a favorite at our house. It really warms you up. —Kim Kidd, New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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Source- Taste of Home

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