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Menu Plan: Ground Beef Frugal Recipes

By on June 21, 2009
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Our menu plan this week features frugal recipes using one of our favorite cheap grocery staples: ground beef.  Our ground beef frugal recipes will help to stretch your grocery budget and feed your family for less.

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between the kinds of ground beef at the grocery store and which you should choose, read our Definitive Guide to Ground Beef and Ground Meats.  You’ll probably also like the recipes in our Frugal Ground Meat Recipes menu plan, so be sure to check those out as well.

Print out the free printable Take and Make Menu Plans each Sunday, which include:

  • A printable grocery shopping list of ingredients.  Print out the list, check off what you already have on hand, then take your shopping list to the store.
  • A dinner meal for each day. Click the name of the meal to print the recipe and directions.

Take And Make Menu Plan:

Ground Beef Frugal Recipes

Printable Grocery Shopping List:

Click the button below to view, download or print the shopping list. Grocery shopping checklist is divided into sections by type of food to make your shopping trip faster.

Meals with Recipes:


Dinner: Porcupines recipe.  Porcupines are kind of like meatballs, only with a lot of “spikes” (rice), a perfect fun meal for the kids!



Dinner: Easy Tater Tot Hot Dish.  This is very similar to the recipe I use to make tater tot casserole.


Dinner: 15-Minute Dinner Nachos Supreme.  This frugal ground beef recipe was created by Campbell’s and looks scrumptious!


Dinner: Amish Casserole.  This rich creamy casserole frugal recipe is a grocery-budget saver with basic frugal cooking ingredients to make up a traditional “comfort food” dish.



Dinner: Bacon Cheeseburger Rice. 


Dinner: 2-Step Beefy Taco Joes.  Another Campbell’s Kitchen creation, this ground beef frugal recipe is an interesting twist on a delicious classic.



Dinner: Leftover Love. Spread out a buffet table of all the leftovers from the week’s meals.  This means a day-off for the chef!

Print out our other Take and Make Menu Plans or check out other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.If you’d like to suggest your recipes to be featured, email tips(at)

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  1. Dddiva

    June 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    The Amish Casserole looks interesting- might try that one day when we’re out of ideas. Love that you have a printable grocery list.

  2. Lisa

    June 22, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Thanks for all the ground beef recipes. I have 29 lbs of it in my freezer from when I bought a 1/2 a cow!

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  5. Christy

    June 23, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I love tater tot casserole! I will have to try out the Amish Casserole…maybe next week!

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  8. TheRoosterChick

    October 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    We use ground meat at least weekly here, so thanks for the recipes.

  9. Melissa Say What?

    September 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’m always looking for ways to change things up!

  10. Home Ever After

    June 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

    @Lisa: You know, my friends buy a hog each year at the state fair and have it butchered for their pork for the year. I had never heard of people doing that before, but I guess it’s pretty common. Good luck using up all that beef!

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