06/27/2013 08:58 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2015

Ground Beef Recipes That Go Beyond Burgers

Foodie Crush

We know that people don't typically get excited when ground beef is what's for dinner -- unless it means hamburgers, of course. But listen guys, ground beef is the workhorse of many great recipes. Lasagna wouldn't be as hearty. Chili would lack its heartiness. And meatballs would cease to exist. Ground beef makes some of our favorite dishes great. And it holds up on its own too.

The nice thing about ground beef recipes is that they're not only affordable, but they're usually pretty quick and easy to make too. We're not talking about Hamburger Helper, either. Check out the ground beef recipes below and you'll see what we mean.

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