How To Cook Ground Beef

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Learn how to cook ground beef properly to create a delicious dinner. Whether you’re making tacos, chips n salsa, or even burgers, you can use this versatile meat. Most people cook ground beef in a frying pan coated with oil. Learn the steps you need to take to ensure the meat is not greasy. Cooking methods vary with what you plan on creating as entrees. 

For tacos, we recommend cooking ground beef on a stove-top pan and filling it with enough water to cover the meat barely. Improve your dinner by incorporating classic appetizers like nacho dips. We’ll also provide tips for browning ground beef to add extra flavor. Learn more about how to cook ground beef in our article below. 

Ground beef with seasonings

Steps To Cook Ground Beef

Learning the steps to cook ground beef is essential when feeding large families. Perfect your technique by trying different methods or simply following our instructions. Pair your beef with roasted vegetables or other food items! 


  1. Heat a pan and add oil for better browning.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan and break it into large pieces. 
  3. Add seasonings and other minor ingredients like cilantro and onion.
  4. After several minutes, break the beef into smaller pieces. Avoid over stirring. 
raw ground beef with olive oil

How To Season Ground Beef

Find the best way to season ground beef by reading our specialized article. The key to a great-tasting meat dish is ingredients like garlic, onion, and salt. For seasoning ground beef, we recommend using olive oil for heat. Then, add chopped onions and cook until tender. Next, add ground beef, garlic, and seasonings like cumin. Continue to cook and occasionally stir for 10-15 minutes, and you’re done! 

How Long To Cook Ground Beef?

If you’re wondering how long it takes to cook ground beef, you’ll be glad to hear it’s not long. On most stove tops, the meat should be cooked thoroughly within 15 minutes. Cooks love to season their ground beef with garlic, onions, and more, adding more time. 

Ground beef in a cast iron pan

How To Brown Ground Beef

It’s not hard to brown ground beef the right way for dinner guests. The key concept to making the perfect color is lightly oiling a cast-iron pan and smashing the meat into an even layer. Browning ground beef also requires the cook not to touch the food. This process will allow the meat to gain texture. 

How Much Ground Beef Per Person?

Generally, people at a cookout usually have around three burgers each. There are roughly 4 ounces per burger which would amount to 12 ounces of ground beef per person. Personally, my family has more than three sandwiches and sometimes eats double patties. 

Ground Beef Tacos

A great dish that does not require much work is ground beef tacos. Simply season the meat and fill a large bowl with Tostitos and enjoy. You can also get nachos with delicious salsa dip to pair with ground beef. Check out our recipes page for homemade instructions on different kinds of meat. 

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