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How to cook Ground Beef from frozen, from scratch, homemade, in a crockpot, in a skillet, in an instapot, in a pressure cooker, in the microwave. Great for spaghetti, nachos, tacos, sloppy joes and more! Be your own Paula Deen or Pioneer Woman! #groundbeef #recipes
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How to Cook Ground Beef

Ground beef cooked to perfection is basically impossible not to enjoy and  is the basis for many great recipes. This ultimate guide of how to cook ground beef will have your kitchen smelling heavenly and your recipes tasting perfect. You'll be cooking glistening, perfect ground beef in no time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, how to cook ground beef
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 1 TBSP Vegetable oil
  • 1 lb 70/30 or 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Add vegetable oil to a skillet set on the stovetop over medium heat.  Allow the oil to heat until ripples form on the surface and the pan is well heated throughout
  • Pinch off pieces of the ground beef and place in pan.  Do this as quickly as possible. 
  • Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the ground beef into as small of pieces as you will need for your recipe.
  • Add the salt and pepper by sprinkling over the ground beef.
  • Continue to cook until the ground beef has just turned brown from pink.  Then remove from the heat and drain off the grease. Use in your recipe calling for browned ground beef.



  • There are many other seasonings that you can add to ground beef, this is just the basic recipe.  Depending on your final use for the ground beef, you will want to taste and add more salt and pepper.  If your final preparation has a lot of cheese, leave off adding extra salt until the final dish is prepared and you can taste the ground beef added to it. 
  • For more flavor, chop an onion and mince a garlic clove to add to the ground beef.  Add these BEFORE you start cooking the ground beef and allow them to cook until softened, then add the ground beef. 
  • You can add dried onion and garlic powders instead.  Add 1 tsp per pound of ground beef for flavor.
  • Feel free to experiment with adding a pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes, Cumin, herbs like thyme or oregano.  Lots of great spices mix well with ground beef.  


Calories: 200kcal