You might be surprised how many great Mexican recipes you can make with a single pound of ground beef! The key is to season it with chipotles, so no more seasoning packs! Once you get hooked on a chipotle-infused ground beef you'll find all sorts of ways to use it. Here are 12 awesome Mexican recipes you can make with ground beef...
Easy Ground Beef Tostadas: This is a great recipe to get familiar with the chipotle-infused ground beef. The smoky heat of the chipotles pairs effortlessly with the ground beef and will have you eating it right out of the pan!
Ground Beef Hardshell Tacos: Feel free to get creative with the fixings on these Ground Beef Hardshell Tacos. Once you've got some cheese melting on the chipotle-infused ground beef then everything else is just a bonus!
Beef Picadillo: Most cultures have a classic meat-and-potatoes dish that makes regular appearances in the home kitchen and this Beef Picadillo fits that bill quite well! It's a delicious comfort food and is surprisingly easy to make. You can serve it up over plain ol' white rice or use it as a filling for burritos, enchiladas, etc.
Beef and Cheese Empanadas: If you put some of the chipotle-infused ground beef in a fresh batch of empanadas you are in for a treat! We are building the pastry dough from scratch here, and when they are fresh out of the oven they are absolutely delicious.
Ground Beef Chili con Carne: If you grew up with Chili then consider giving this authentic Ground Beef Chili con Carne a go! Using dried chiles gives you a massive upgrade in flavor compared to powdered versions.
Albondigas (Mexican Meatballs): Have you made Albondigas before? It's a traditional meatball recipe using fresh mint inside the meatballs, simmered in a light tomato sauce. You can serve them as is or make a killer sandwich out of them!
Spicy Beef Taquitos: It’s such a treat to remember you’ve got some of these Spicy Beef Taquitos tucked away in the fridge! You’ll get 24 scrumptious taquitos from this recipe — which means you’ve got plenty of free meals coming your way over the next couple weeks.
Spicy Ground Beef Nachos: Want some more weight to your Nachos?! Using some of the chipotle-infused ground beef will turn your Nachos into a meal and that will give you permission to make them again, and again, and again 🙂
Picadillo Stuffed Poblano Peppers: What a treat to put these Picadillo Stuffed Poblano Peppers on the kitchen table in front of friends and family! I stuffed these with the hearty beef mixture and then topped with Queso Fresco, cilantro stems, and a squeeze of lime.
Easy Ground Beef Burritos: Pairing your chipotle-infused ground beef with some freshly chopped Pico de Gallo is the key to these Easy Ground Beef Burritos! It's a great combo and one I come back to on a regular basis.
Albondigas Soup: You can easily use your Albondigas (Mexican Meatballs) to make a heart-warming batch of Albondigas Soup. Be sure to add lots of veggies to the soup as this will turn it into a meal! I added rice, potatoes, and carrots -- and it was yummers!
Easy Taco Salad: I used to be skeptical of using ground beef in salads, but not any more! I really, really like this Easy Taco Salad — the cool, creamy Avocado Dressing is the perfect complement to the spicy ground beef mixture. This one was a pleasant surprise for my kitchen and I still make it on a regular basis.
Chipotle Burgers with Creamy Avocado Sauce: And what ground beef list would be complete without burgers?! These Chipotle Burgers are another great example of the enduring partnership between chipotles and ground beef. Mince up some chipotles and combine them with seasoned ground beef and you’ll have some incredible burgers on your hands.
Okay, got some new ideas? My kitchen gets so much mileage from ground beef and I hope this list has you craving some new dishes. Let me know if you have questions about any of these recipes. Click the 'Get the recipe!' button below to print out instructions for each of these recipes. Enjoy!!