Cheeseburger Pizza – two favorites combined!

Cheeseburger Pizza,  it’s two of the world’s favorite comfort foods combined for a perfect weeknight meal!  A delicious crust loaded with lean beef, bacon and of course tons of yummy cheese! Top it with all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings for a family favorite meal!

Somehow I am always finding ways to incorporate that yummy cheeseburger flavor into other dishes like Bacon Cheeseburger Pie and of course our favorite Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs!

A close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

The Best Toppings

Once the pizza dough is baked, cover it in whatever toppings you like best on either cheeseburgers or pizza. Really anything can be added or substituted in this recipe.

  • Sauces: pizza sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, ketchup, or mayo
  • Meat: ground beef, bacon
  • Veggies: green or red bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, or lettuce
  • Herbs: Chili pepper or flakes, dried oregano, basil, or garlic
  • Others: Pickled habaneros, black olives, sweet sandwich pickles

A cheeseburger pizza sliced on a cutting board.

To Make Cheeseburger Pizza

Now that you have your tasty toppings picked out let’s turn these simple ingredients into a tasty, crowd-pleasing dinner!

  1. Pre-bake the pizza dough and brown the ground beef with onion, garlic, and barbecue sauce (per recipe below).
  2. Top the dough with pizza sauce, ground beef mixture, and cheeses.
  3. Sprinkle with cooked bacon bits and drizzle with barbecue sauce and bake in a hot oven until cheeses are bubbling.

Allow it to rest for several minutes before cutting and serving. If your crowd has a large appetite, portion it out into servings of double cheeseburger pizza to play up the burger angle.

Top with your favorite hamburger toppings; a slice of tomato, onion, shredded iceberg lettuce, a drizzle of ketchup.

Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

Other Delicious Sides

Cheeseburger pizza is perfect for casual entertaining or busy weeknights. You don’t need too many side dishes to complete the presentation. Think fresh, crunchy veggies to cut through the cheesy, meaty richness. Broccoli slaw, cucumber salad or arugula salad with berries will provide the welcome contrast you might be craving after a few bites of cheeseburger pizza.

If it’s a special occasion, delight your guests with a fancy beverage such as white sangria, or strawberry lemonade. Or, keep your presentation and preparation fresh and unfussy by offering a simple pitcher of lemon water.

How to Reheat It

Leftover cheeseburger pizza can be refrigerated for up to four days.

  • In the oven: Wrap in foil to prevent the crust from burning and pop in a pre-heated 350°F oven for about minutes.
  • In the microwave: The crust will be soggy, but the taste will still be sensational! If you want to crisp up the crust, then place it on a rack over a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes after reheating.

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Cheeseburger Pizza

Top it with all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings for a family favorite meal!

  • 1 roll refrigerated pizza dough ((or homemade dough for one 12" pizza))
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • mustard and pickles for garnish ((optional))
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unroll dough onto a parchment-lined pan and bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.

  2. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add in 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce and cook until thickened (about 3 minutes).

  3. Spread pizza sauce over dough. Top with ground beef mixture and mozzarella cheese.

  4. Add red onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Drizzle with remaining barbecue sauce.

  5. Turn the oven up to 450°F. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

  6. Cut into 8 slices and garnish with your favorite burger toppings (mustard, pickles, ketchup).

Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza
Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.
Top image - cheeseburger pizza sliced on a cutting board, bottom image - close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

Chili Mac Skillet (One Pan Meal)

Supper never fails to satisfy when you serve this Chili Mac Skillet. This cheesy, meaty meal combines ground beef, macaroni, and cheddar cheese in a thick tomato sauce enriched with beef broth.

Make this your go-to recipe when you need to stretch your food budget and still put a smile on everyone’s face! Serve this hearty meal with a light tomato cucumber salad and a slice of garlic bread to soak up every last drop!

Chli Mac in a skillet topped with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese

What is Chili Mac?

Chili Mac is a fresh take on an American Goulash recipe, with a flavorful Tex-Mex flair, thanks to the addition of chili powder and herbs. Make it on the stovetop in a pot for an easy meal that’s a breeze to prep!

Ingredients for Chili Mac

Not only is the shopping, prepping and cooking for this homemade one pot meal super easy, but cleanup is a breeze too. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  •  Base: ground beef, beef broth, elbow macaroni
  • Toppings: cheddar cheese
  • Veggies: crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, garlic cloves
  • Sugar & Spice: parsley, basil, oregano, chili powder, beef bouillon cube, sugar

Substitutions

If you prefer, substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef and use chicken broth and bouillon. Penne pasta, rotini or shells will also serve in place of the macaroni. Add canned black beans, bell peppers or corn to stretch this recipe even more.

For maximum flavor and bite, use extra sharp cheddar. Pepper jack or Colby also work well in this recipe. Consider giving chili mac more of a Mexican vibe by getting creative with cumin powder, jalapenos, or chopped cilantro.

Ingredients to make Chili Mac in a large skillet

To Make this One Pan Skillet Meal

Follow these simple steps and you’ll have dinner on the table in a flash:

  1. Brown the ground beef with onion and garlic and drain off any fat.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the same pan (per recipe below) expect the cheese.
  3. Cover and cook until the macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.

Once cooked, adjust seasoning, top with shredded cheddar, a sprinkle of green onion or cilantro and serve.

An overhead image of chili mac ready to serve

Don’t Forget the Sides!

The beauty of one pot meals like this is that you don’t have to fuss too much with sides. Serve chili mac with tortilla chips or tangy panzanella salad for a welcome crunch.

Baked corn on the cob or tomato avocado salad are also tasty and light sides that will complement the stick-to-your-ribs heartiness of chili mac.

How to Reheat It

This is a terrific meal to make in advance to allow the flavors to deepen and develop. Chili mac will keep in the fridge for up to four days, or in the freezer for up to four months.

To reheat, thaw and then pop into the microwave until steaming hot. Or you can take it straight from the freezer to the oven and bake until bubbling hot throughout.

Macaroni Madness

Chili Mac Skillet

Creamy tex-mex infused pasta skillet!

  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4 pound dry macaroni noodles
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried parsley, basil and oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  1. Finely dice the onion (or grate with a cheese grater). Add onion, beef and garlic to a pan over medium heat. Cook until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cover.

  3. Stirring occasionally, let cook 13-17 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through (add a little bit of water if needed).

  4. Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve warm topped with cheese.

 

Chili Mac Skillet served in a white bowl and garnished with shredded cheddar and fresh parsley.
Chili Mac Skillet served in a white bowl and garnished with shredded cheddar and fresh parsley.
Top photo - Chili Mac Skillet served in a white bowl and garnished with shredded cheddar and fresh parsley. Bottom photo - Chili Mac cooked and ready in the skillet.

Meatloaf Muffins (Quick Cooking)

Mini Meatloaf Muffins are a fun and fabulous twist on our favorite meatloaf recipe. They are the perfect for a weeknight dinner because they cook quickly and they’re great to pop into your lunch box.

Topped with an amazing sweet n’ zesty glaze, the meatloaf muffin recipe here is a cinch to make and perfect alongside your fave Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Plate full of meatloaf muffins.

Glaze for Meatloaf

I prefer a tomato based topping, a little sweet and a lot zesty. This recipe uses a bit of chili sauce which is not spicy. If you’ve never had it, it’s amazing… similar to a very zesty ketchup. It’s honestly my favorite part of meatloaf!

Favorite Meatloaf Toppings:

  • Zesty Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup chili sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Brown Sugar Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • BBQ Topping: combine equal parts bbq sauce and ketchup

Meatloaf muffin ingredients in a bowl.

How to Cook Meatloaf in Muffin Tins?

Cooking meatloaf in muffin tins is super simple. Substitute ground beef for ground turkey or chicken, and prepare the same way!

  1. Glaze: Prepare the glaze by whisking together ketchup, chili sauce and brown sugar and set aside.
  2. Prep: Dice the veggies and combine all ingredients well, with ½ the glaze mixture, reserving the other half for topping.
  3. Bake: Divide the mixture among the muffin wells, top with glaze, and bake!

Remove when done and allow to rest for several minutes before serving.

Two images showing meatloaf mixture being pressed into muffin tins and then topped with glaze.

How Long To Cook Mini Meatloaf

Another reason to love muffin tin meatloaf is that it cooks a lot faster than conventional meatloaf. It should take about 22 – 26 minutes in a preheated 425°F oven.

It’s a good idea to use a meat thermometer when cooking ground meat or poultry. Meatloaf muffins are done when the centers register 160°F for ground beef or 165°F for ground poultry.

Close up of meatloaf muffins on a plate with a bite out of one, garnished with parsley.

Can I Freeze Meatloaf Muffins?

This mini meatloaf recipe is practically tailor-made for the freezer, either as a make-ahead meal or for leftovers.

  • Freezing Cooked: After cooling, pack your cooked muffin tin meatloaf in freezer bags and remove as few or as many as you need anytime you want a convenient meal or snack.
  • Freezing Raw: You can also freeze muffin pan meatloaf raw for cooking later. Place the pan filled with the meatloaf in the freezer to harden. When hardened, transfer into freezer bags or containers.
  • Defrosting: For best results, defrost before reheating either in the refrigerator or by putting it in a sealed freezer bag in a cold water bath, changing the water every ½ hour until thawed through. Then, just pop them back into the muffin tins, cover with foil and reheat at 350°F for 20 minutes.

The best part about this easy freezer meals  – they’ll keep for up to three months! So make lots and save some for a busy day.

More Delicious Meatloaf Recipes

Meatloaf Muffins

These easy meatloaf muffins are the perfect snack or quick dinner idea. Especially when making these ahead and freezing!

  • 1/2 onion (finely diced)
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 green pepper (finely diced)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a muffin pan and set aside.
  2. Combine glaze ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Cook onion over medium heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 5 minutes or until tender (this step is optional but produces a milder onion flavor). Cool completely.

  4. Combine all ingredients plus 1/4 cup of the glaze mixture. Mix until well combined.
  5. Divide mixture over 10 muffin wells. Top each meatloaf with 1 tablespoon glaze mixture.
  6. Bake 22-26 minutes or until cooked through and beef is 160°F. Rest 5 minutes before serving.

Mini meatloaf muffins are a quick and easy alternative to a classic meatloaf! Using muffin tins, ground beef, chicken or turkey and a brown sugar glaze you can create the best make-ahead meal! Perfect as a snack, lunch or quick dinner with mashed potatoes, this recipe is always a hit with the family. And baking in half the time of a normal meatloaf, it will be a hit with the chef as well! #spendwithpennies #meatloafmuffins #meatloafrecipe #minimeatloaf #dinner #snack #freezermeal
Mini meatloaf muffins are a quick and easy alternative to a classic meatloaf! Using muffin tins, ground beef, chicken or turkey and a brown sugar glaze you can create the best make-ahead meal! Perfect as a snack, lunch or quick dinner with mashed potatoes, this recipe is always a hit with the family. And baking in half the time of a normal meatloaf, it will be a hit with the chef as well! #spendwithpennies #meatloafmuffins #meatloafrecipe #minimeatloaf #dinner #snack #freezermeal
Mini meatloaf muffins are a quick and easy alternative to a classic meatloaf! Using muffin tins, ground beef, chicken or turkey and a brown sugar glaze you can create the best make-ahead meal! Perfect as a snack, lunch or quick dinner with mashed potatoes, this recipe is always a hit with the family. And baking in half the time of a normal meatloaf, it will be a hit with the chef as well! #spendwithpennies #meatloafmuffins #meatloafrecipe #minimeatloaf #dinner #snack #freezermeal

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs (in Homemade Tomato Sauce)

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs make spaghetti and meatballs extra delicious. Ground beef meatballs are stuffed with mozzarella and are especially luscious smothered in a homemade spaghetti sauce with a side of garlic bread.

Close up of a mozzarella stuffed meatballs with homemade tomato sauce on top. A bite is taken out of it.

How to Make Stuffed Meatballs

While there is a little more prepping involved in this recipe than with regular Italian meatballs, it is still super easy!  The rave reviews these meatballs earn will be well worth the effort.

How to Prepare Stuffed Meatballs: For this recipe, the stuffed meatballs are prepared separately from the sauce.

SAUCE

  1. Sauté diced onion in olive oil, and when softened, add the minced garlic.
  2. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and seasonings.
  3. Simmer uncovered or partially covered to thicken.

Four images showing the steps to prepare stuffed meatballs.

MEATBALLS

While the sauce simmers, the meatballs can be prepared and baked.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients except the mozzarella.
  2. Cut the block of mozzarella into small cubes.
  3. Wrap each cube with the meat mixture. Compress a couple of tablespoons of meat in one hand, press a cube into the center and shape tightly into a ball ensuring the cheese is fully enclosed.
  4. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake.

Close up of mozzarella stuffed meatballs, garnished with parsley, and served with a homemade tomato sauce on the side.

How to Cook Cheese Stuffed Meatballs

You can bake mozzarella stuffed meatballs for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. They meatballs will cook in the sauce a bit as well.

You’ll want to make sure the cheese is sealed in as best as you can however, you can expect a little cheese to ooze out.

You can serve cheese stuffed meatballs over spaghetti noodles, zucchini noodles or inside a sandwich roll for a fabulous meatball sub. Stuffed meatballs also make terrific party appetizers. Bacon wrapped cheese stuffed meatballs are especially suited for such occasions, with or without a marinara dipping sauce.

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs topped with a homemade tomato sauce, garnished with parsley.

Can You Freeze Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

While the prep work may take time, this is one dish that’s practically made for cooking in advance, so make lots. You’ll love the convenience! You can either bake and freeze them, or shape them into meatballs and freeze them raw (provided the meat was not frozen initially).

Either raw or cooked, place the meatballs on a cookie sheet inside the freezer. When hardened, place in freezer bags and store for up to four months. Thaw inside the refrigerator before baking or broiling.

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs in Homemade Tomato Sauce

Juicy ground turkey is wrapped around a cube of mozzarella and baked until ooey-gooey!

Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ((if using turkey))
  • 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil ((or 1 teaspoon dried basil))
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella (cut into small cubes)

Sauce

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28 oz canned whole tomatoes with juice
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon ((for zest only))

Sauce

  1. Using a veggie peeler, peel off two very thin pieces of lemon zest making sure only to get the yellow part (not the white).

  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion & garlic and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add remaining sauce ingredients. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 1 hour.

Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. Cut mozzarella into 24 small squares, set aside.

  3. Mix together turkey or beef, olive oil (if using turkey) onion, egg, panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, and pepper. Mix just until combined (over mixing will create tough meatballs).

  4. Divide meat into 24 even pieces. Wrap each piece around a piece of cheese. Roll into a ball ensuring all of the cheese is completely covered by the turkey mixture.

  5. Place on a pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 30 minutes (a little of the cheese may leak out of some of the meatballs, that's ok, there will still be more inside!)

  6. Remove meatballs from the oven, stir into the sauce and let simmer an additional 20 minutes.

  7. Serve on pasta.

Nutrition information calculated using ground turkey. 

This recipe was inspired by Allrecipes.com.

This mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe is one of the best! It packs so much flavor into every bite. A ground turkey or beef mixture is wrapped around a cube of mozzarella cheese and baked until ooey-gooey! Then simmered in a homemade tomato sauce before being served over a bed of your favorite pasta.  #spendwithpennies #mozzarellastuffedmeatballs #homemadetomatosauce #pasta #Italian #appetizer
This mozzarella stuffed meatballs recipe is one of the best! It packs so much flavor into every bite. A ground turkey or beef mixture is wrapped around a cube of mozzarella cheese and baked until ooey-gooey! Then simmered in a homemade tomato sauce before being served over a bed of your favorite pasta.  #spendwithpennies #mozzarellastuffedmeatballs #homemadetomatosauce #pasta #Italian #appetizer

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (with a 2-ingredient glaze!)

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf says homemade comfort food like no other. This easy meal is a twist on a traditional meatloaf recipe, by wrapping it in bacon and brushing it with a delicious sticky meatloaf glaze!

Moist and flavorful, this is the ultimate comfort food!

Bacon wrapped meatloaf with a slice cut off

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Meatloaf is practically synonymous with American cuisine and belongs in every cook’s repertoire. A traditional meatloaf recipe is made with seasoned ground beef combined with egg and bread or cracker crumbs as a binder, then shaped into a loaf and baked.

And we all know that everything is better with bacon from bacon wrapped chicken to Bacon Wrapped Asparagus! In this case, a juicy meatloaf is wrapped in for enhanced flavor and to  keep the meat lusciously moist.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Easy bacon wrapped meatloaf comes together quickly, especially if you’re not afraid to mix it with your hands! This recipe comes together in 3 easy parts.

Start with the Glaze:

  1. Whisk together the ketchup and chili sauce glaze and set aside.

Meatloaf ingredients in a bowl.

Make the Meatloaf:

  1. Dice onion and green pepper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except bacon and glaze.
  3. Place the mixture in a pan and shape into a loaf (I like to use a rack with a little piece of parchment paper to allow fat to drip off).

Steps for making a bacon wrapped meatloaf including shaping the loaf on a wire rack and brushing with sauce

Wrap with Bacon and Bake:

  1. Brush with glaze, wrap the loaf with bacon, covering top and sides and tucking in the ends.
  2. Again brush with the glaze and bake.

Be sure to allow your meatloaf to rest at least 15 minutes after removing from the oven so it will slice neatly without falling apart.

Steps for making a bacon wrapped meatloaf including wrapping with bacon and brushing with sauce

Times & Temperatures

Meatloaf is made with raw ground beef and eggs so be sure to cook it well done. A 2lb bacon wrapped meatloaf will need about 60-70 minutes at 375°F (a 3lb meatloaf needs closer to 80-90 minutes).

For best results and safety, use a meat thermometer and check that the meatloaf, like all ground beef recipes, reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.

Two slices of bacon wrapped meatloaf on a plate with mashed potatoes and veggies.

Got leftovers?

I love to make extras any time I make a great meatloaf recipe. Leftovers make for a quick meal or a perfect sandwich.

Fridge: Bacon wrapped meatloaf will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. It can be reheated in the oven or even the microwave.

Freezer: You can safely freeze leftovers once cooled. I prefer to freeze in individual slices to make it easy to reheat and serve.

Stellar Sides

Meatloaf is the perfect main dish for hearty meat ‘n potatoes meal.  Serve it with:

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

This easy bacon wrapped meatloaf is brushed with a tangy ketchup and chili sauce glaze and is one of the best ways to prepare ground beef.

  • 1 small onion (finely diced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 green pepper (finely diced)
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 8-10 slices bacon

Meatloaf Glaze

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine glaze ingredients. Set aside.

  3. Cook onion over medium heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil 5 minutes or until tender (this step is optional but produces a milder onion flavor). Cool completely.

  4. Combine onions, eggs, milk, green pepper, cracker crumbs, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup of glaze and beef in a large bowl.

  5. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and top with metal rack. Add a piece of parchment paper just slightly larger than your meat loaf will be (or foion the rack.
  6. Form beef into a 9×5" loaf and place on the parchment. Brush with glaze.

  7. Wrap meatloaf with bacon tucking the ends under the bottom of the loaf. Brush the loaf with the glaze mixture and bake 45 minutes.

  8. Brush again with glaze and bake another 30 minutes or until meatloaf reaches 160°F.

  9. Rest 15 minutes before slicing.

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Meatloaf wrapped with bacon, with one piece sliced and garnished with fresh parsley

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Smoked bacon wrapped meatloaf is full of flavor and deliciously moist! A classic meatloaf is wrapped in bacon and brushed with a tangy ketchup & chili sauce glaze to create this tasty dish. #spendwithpennies #baconwrappedmeatloaf #meatloafrecipe #maindish #comfortfood

Taco Lasagna – a fun twist on a classic dish!

Taco Lasagna brings a south-of-the-border kinda’ twist to a classic lasagna recipe! All the best parts of a ground beef taco are layered with lasagna noodles to create one colorfully layered entrée!

Serve with your favorite toppings like sour cream, pico de gallo, or a dollop of the best guacamole.

A slice of taco lasagna on a plate, garnished with sliced jalapeños and tomatoes.

Surprise your friends and family with a Mexican twist on an Italian classic! Take this easy taco lasagna to a potluck or an office luncheon! Make it even easier by assembling and baking it earlier! Just reheat it when you reach your destination!

How to Layer Lasagna

For this taco lasagna (made with noodles), start with the tomato sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish. This keeps the noodles from sticking to the bottom of the pan and makes the portions come out easier!

The standard layering technique is sauce, noodles, sauce, noodles, cheese, noodles, sauce. Just remember to put a layer of noodles between each cheese and sauce layer to keep everything in place!

A four square image of the steps to prepare a taco lasagna.

How to Make Taco Lasagna

Once you have all the mixtures prepped, layering this taco lasagna dish is a breeze!

  1. Beef Mixture: Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet.
    • Drain the fat and stir in the taco seasoning (or use homemade taco seasoning) and water. Cook until is evaporated and sauce is thickened.
    • Add the beans and veggies and cook the sauce mixture until heated thoroughly set it aside.
  2. Cheese Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, sour cream and egg. Set aside.
  3. Layering: In a 9×13 inch pan, layer the ingredients ending with sauce!
  4. Bake: Cover the taco lasagna, bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Allow the casserole to rest about 10 to 15 minutes so it has a chance to set. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, sliced black olives, sliced green onions or jalapeños!

Taco Lasagna baked in a white casserole dish. Garnished with sliced jalapeños and tomatoes.

What to Serve with Lasagna

Just like a traditional Italian lasagna, this cheesy taco lasagna lends itself to simple sides like a crunchy tossed salad, a tray of fresh cut veggies with Buttermilk Ranch Dip, or even some tortilla chips for scooping!

More Mexican Inspired Dishes You’ll Love

Taco Lasagna

Seasoned beef, beans, and veggies layered between lasagna noodles and baked until bubbly.

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 9 lasagna noodles (cooked and cooled)

Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 onion (finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 packages taco seasoning (low sodium or homemade)
  • 1 green bell pepper (finely diced)
  • 28 oz low sodium diced canned tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 cup corn
  • 15 oz black beans (drained and rinsed)

Cheese Layer

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a large pan, brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Drain any fat. Stir in taco seasoning and 1 cup water. Cook until water is evaporated.

  3. Add green pepper, undrained tomatoes, corn, and black beans. Let simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

  4. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cumin and egg. Set aside.

  5. In a 9×13 pan, layer in the following order: 1 cup of sauce, 3 lasagna noodles, 1/2 of remaining sauce, 3 lasagna noodles, cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup of each cheddar and mozzarella, 3 lasagna noodles, remaining sauce.

  6. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil, add remaining cheeses and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese browned and bubbly.

  7. Let rest 10-15 minutes before cutting. Serve with desired toppings such as sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, green onions and cilantro.

Nutrition information does not include optional toppings.

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A slice of taco inspired lasagna served on a white plate and garnished with sliced cherry tomatoes

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Tasty Frito Taco Salad

Frito Taco Salad is quickly making a name for itself as a hearty, tasty, crunchy meal that’s easy to make and super fun to eat! Our go-to taco salad is paired with our fave corn chips for a delicious crunch!

Top with fresh veggies, sour cream and your choice of toppings like homemade salsa or the best guacamole

A fully prepared Frito taco salad topped with extra corn chips and shredded cheese.

Instead of making a batch of loaded nachos, load up on fresh veggies with this super easy salad recipe and get all the ooh’s and aah’s from family and friends!

Building a Frito Salad

Taco salad ingredients are the same as what you’d put in a regular ground beef taco, but served over a bed of lettuce instead of in a taco shell. Make individual salads or assemble and serve a Frito taco salad bar and let everyone build their own! Assemble the base and let people choose their favorite dressing and add-ins!

A prepared Frito Taco Salad with catalina dressing being poured on top.

How to Make Frito Taco Salad

You can make individual servings or like a Dorito Taco Salad, this is also a great dish to serve at a potluck or party! Just cook the meat mixture, assemble and serve!

  1. Brown beef until fully cooked and drain fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning) and water and simmer until thickened.
  3. Top shredded lettuce with meat mixture and remaining ingredients.

You can toss with your desired dressing or serve dry and let guests choose their own dressing! Once dressed, add extra corn chips and dive in!

What Goes with Frito Taco Salad

This salad definitely stands on its own, but a citrusy side like orange wedges or a bright, flavorful lemonade drink are crowd-pleasers for sure!

Frito Taco Salad prepared in a white bowl before dressing is added. Garnished with slices jalapeños and sour cream.

More Yummy Taco Inspired Recipes

Frito Taco Salad

Impress your family with this hearty, tasty, crunchy Frito Taco Salad that’s easy to make and super fun to eat!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or homemade)
  • 6 cups iceberg lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Frito corn chips
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup Catalina dressing (or to taste)
  • toppings as desired (peppers, onions, jalapenos, sour cream)
  1. Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with meat, tomatoes, cheese, 1 cup of Frito corn chips, salsa and desired toppings.
  4. Add dressing and toss well. Top with remaining corn chips. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information does not include desired toppings. 

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Taco Salad with Fritos served in a white bowl and garnished with sour cream, shredded cheddar and Fritos

This Frito taco salad is a fun twist on a classic taco salad. Just brown your meat mixture, top your lettuce with you favorite toppings, like salsa or guacamole, and dive in!  #spendwithpennies #fritotacosalad #tacotuesday #maindish #salad
This Frito taco salad is a fun twist on a classic taco salad. Just brown your meat mixture, top your lettuce with you favorite toppings, like salsa or guacamole, and dive in!  #spendwithpennies #fritotacosalad #tacotuesday #maindish #salad

The Best Juicy Burgers!

Hamburgers are perfect for summer celebrations or lazy afternoons! The best way to make a classic burger is with just 4 simple ingredients and a a few great tips!

Simply grill and serve with a generous side of dill pickle pasta salad or our favorite potato salad.

A classic beef burger assembled with tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and sauce.

Meat for Hamburgers

A great hamburger recipe has very few ingredients so we always make sure to have the best quality possible!

I start with ground chuck. This is a recipe I want to make sure I have a little bit of fat so I use an  80/20 mix. There is enough fat in the burger to keep it juicy yet not so much that it’ll just have flare ups. The fat adds great flavor and a great texture to this recipe!

A 90/10  mix can result in a dry hamburger. If it’s all you have on hand, add some finely chopped bacon or even a tablespoon or so of olive oil!

Ground chuck patties seasoned for making the best hamburgers

How to Make Hamburgers

If you have a great hamburger or cheeseburger recipe, you’ll be legendary at home and in the neighborhood for sure! This simple technique ensures burger success every single time, whether you use a grill or the stovetop!

  • MIX:
    • Mix beef, grated onion, and Worcestershire sauce together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • FORM PATTIES:
    • Shape into 4 patties, about ¾” thick.
    • Create an indent in the center of each one with your thumb, this will help keep the burger from bulging in the center.
    • Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cooking.
  • GRILL OR PAN FRY: Follow the directions below to either grill or cook on the stove.

The FoodSafety.gov recommends cooking ground beef to a temperature of 160°F (test your patties with a meat thermometer). Let them rest a few minutes before serving with condiments, toppings and a toasted bun!

Hamburger patties grilled and ready to serve with pickles and tomatoes

How Long to Grill Burgers

If you are using a gas grill, the thickness of the burger and the temperature of the grill makes all the difference in how long to cook it. Make sure your grill is preheated to medium and cook the burgers about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.  Let them rest about 5 minutes before serving. Just because the outside looks cooked, doesn’t mean the inside is fully cooked.

How to tell if it’s cooked: The best method to tell if beef burgers are cooked all the way is to use a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the patty and check for an internal temperature of 160°F (or just a few degrees before). Remember, meat continues to cook a little bit once it’s been removed from its heat source.

Close up of a juicy hamburger assembled with tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and sauce.

How to Cook a Burger on the Stove

Beef burgers are easy to cook on the stove!

  1. Using a cast iron or heavy skillet, form patties and place in the skillet over medium heat.
  2. Allow them to fry and form a crust on one side and then flip them and cook until they are cooked.
  3. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer and remove from pan.

What to Put on a Burger

The best burger recipe always has a selection of tasty toppings and condiments. Hamburger recipes are the ultimate ‘build-your-own’ meal because no two burgers have to be the same!

  • Standard Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles
  • Extra Toppings: chili, eggs, sauteed mushrooms, guacamole or jalapeños. For an extra kick, try making this spicy jalapeño cheddar burger!
  • Condiments:  mustard, mayo, and relish, why not a squirt of sriracha or wasabi or even barbecue sauce!

Whatever is in the fridge or pantry can go on a burger! Also, a great bun only complements a great burger, so be sure to use quality buns or rolls and toast them alongside the burger for a little extra yum!

Delicious Burger Side Dishes

Classic Hamburger Recipe

This classic hamburger is made with only 4 ingredients and can be grilled or cooked on the stove top!

  • 1 lb ground chuck (80/20)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (grated)
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 rolls
  1. Mix beef, onion and Worcestershire in a bowl just until combined.

  2. Gently shape into 4 patties, about 3/4″ thick. Using your thumb, create an indent in the centre of each burger.
  3. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cooking.

To Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Season the outside of the burgers with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Cook burgers about 4-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160°F.

  4. Rest 5 minutes. Serve on toasted sesame seed rolls.

To Cook on the Stove Top

  1. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the outside of the burgers with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the beef patties and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160°F.

This classic hamburger is made with 4 main ingredients: ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to taste! Whip these up and get them on the grill for your next summer celebration or lazy afternoon! #spendwithpennies #classichamburger #burger #grilling #barbecue #maindish
This classic hamburger is made with 4 main ingredients: ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings to taste! Whip these up and get them on the grill for your next summer celebration or lazy afternoon! #spendwithpennies #classichamburger #burger #grilling #barbecue #maindish

Ground Beef Stroganoff (Hamburger)

ground beef stroganoff with mushrooms on white dish with fork

This easy Ground Beef Stroganoff features lean hamburger and tender mushrooms cooked in a rich silky sauce.  Just like our favorite Chicken Stroganoff, this dish is served over tender egg noodles.

Loads of tender mushrooms add tons of flavor, while I most often use white mushrooms, portobello or cremini are a great addition as well.

Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff served on white dish

A Quick Comfort Meal

Ground beef stroganoff is one of those comforting meals that is quick and easy to make, plus it can feed your whole family with a short list of ingredients! How about a hearty meal of beef stroganoff in less than 25 minutes? Count me in, this is perfect for a busy weeknight!

This easy Ground beef stroganoff recipe is made from scratch with fresh ingredients (and without cream of mushroom soup). I love dishes that come together so quickly (like Cabbage and Noodles or 20 Minute Fajitas) and even more so when everyone at the table wants seconds!

Ground Beef Stroganoff in pot with clear ladle

How to Make Ground Beef Stroganoff

You truly will not believe how crazy easy this is!  You’re literally just  minutes away from getting this beef stroganoff on the table!

  1. Brown beef, onions and garlic.
  2. Add mushrooms, sauce & seasonings.  Simmer a few minutes.
  3. Start your egg noodles cooking!
  4. Stir in sour cream and serve over egg noodles.

Beef Stroganoff Tips

Beef: This recipe can be slightly tweaked based on the ingredients you have on hand. I find ground beef gives the best flavor but you can certainly substitute another type of ground meat such as ground turkey or pork.  If using something other than beef, you’ll likely want to add some extra beef bouillon for a richer flavor! I highly suggest using the condensed beef broth in a can (instead of the box) for the best flavor!

Mushrooms:  Of course fresh mushrooms are best and while this recipe calls for white mushrooms, I’ve used a combination of white, cremini or portobello all with great results. In a pinch, you can use canned mushrooms as well.

Sauce:

  • Keep in mind that sour cream may curdle if it boils so the sauce is thickened and removed from the heat before it is added.
  • No sour cream? Greek yogurt is a good substitute (or if you just prefer it).
  • To Thicken Sauce: You can add a little bit of extra cornstarch slurry to reach desired consistency. Mix equal parts cornstarch and cold water and pour a little bit at a time while stirring sauce.

Flavor Boosters: We love this stroganoff exactly as written but if you’d like to spice it up a bit, add one of the following:

  • Stir in a teaspoon or so of dijon mustard
  • Add a sprig or two of fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon of dried)
  • Add a couple of slices of chopped raw bacon along with the onion & beef
  • Add a small dash of smoked paprika and a dash of hot sauce

 

Ground Beef Stroganoff over noodles on white dish

We typically serve this over egg noodles but it’s great over mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or even spooned into a roll sloppy joe style!  Add a side salad and a loaf of crusty bread (to sop up any sauce left on your plate) for a great meal in under 30 minutes!

Got Leftovers?

Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container 3-4 days.

Freeze: If freezing this ground stroganoff, leave out the noodles or potatoes and freeze just the stroganoff itself.

Reheat: If frozen, defrost leftovers in the fridge overnight. Drain off any liquid that has separated from the sauce (the cornstarch can sometimes  cause separation). Heat in the microwave or on the stove top on low heat until warm.

Ground Beef Stroganoff

This easy Ground Beef Stroganoff features lean hamburger and tender mushrooms cooked in a rich silky sauce. It’s quick and delicious, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 lb fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  1. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic (trying not to break it up too much) in a pan until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 more minute.
  3. Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low 10 minutes. Cook egg noodles according to package directions.
  4. Remove beef mixture from the heat, stir in sour cream and parsley.
  5. Serve over egg noodles.

This easy Ground Beef Stroganoff features lean hamburger and tender mushrooms cooked in a rich silky sauce.  It's quick and delicious, making it the perfect weeknight meal!
This easy Ground Beef Stroganoff features lean hamburger and tender mushrooms cooked in a rich silky sauce.  It's quick and delicious, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

Everyone loves this easy and delicious Taco Salad!

Taco Salad is crispy, crunchy and colorful! Crisp lettuce is topped with a zesty seasoned ground beef, crunchy tortilla chips and all of our favorite taco toppings. Scope out your pantry and fridge for topping ideas and create a salad masterpiece!

Nothing beats a tasty taco salad for an easy weeknight meal or even a build-your-own taco salad bar when feeding a crowd!

A top view of a taco salad in a brown bowl with toppings like salsa, avocado, tomatoes and diced jalapenos on the side.

How to Make Taco Salad

On the days we’re in a rush or I don’t know what to put on the table, taco salad is my staple! This simple salad recipe is one everyone enjoys and a favorite variation of Easy Ground Beef Tacos!

    1. Brown and season ground beef. Stir in beans.
    2. Wash lettuce and top with beef mixture and your favorite toppings.
    3. Scoop into bowls or plates and top with tortilla chips, sour cream, and salsa.

Planning a party? A taco bar with a taco salad option is a great way to please everyone on your guest list, at every age and at any time of the year!

A Taco Salad assembled in a brown bowl. Each fresh topping is shown on top of a bed of lettuce.

Taco Salad Ingredients

The beauty of this tex-mex inspired salad is the fact that you can customize it to what you have on hand or whatever your taste buds desire!

 1. Beef:

    • I use lean beef but ground turkey or chicken will work too, or even juicy shrimp.
    • I prefer spicing this dish up with my Homemade Taco Seasoning but store bought will do in a pinch!
    • Black beans or pinto beans are great additions too.

2. Lettuce:

    • Romaine lettuce is a great healthy choice.
    • Try Iceberg lettuce for a refreshing crunch.
    • Make sure to chop or tear it into pieces that are big enough to hold the meat and beans!

All the ingredients to make a taco salad assembled on a wooden board.

3. Toppings:

    • Cheese – I love using cheddar cheese but shredded marble, mozzarella or Monterey Jack would be delicious choices.
    • Tortilla Chips – Pick your favorite flour or corn tortilla chip but be sure to add just before serving to retain that crunchy texture! Try using your favorite dorito chips instead to make this delicious Dorito Taco Salad version.
    • Veggies – Add a delicious assortment of veggies like olives, bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, avocado or green chiles on top.

4. Dressing:

    • Classic – Sour cream and salsa is our go-to dressing for this salad.
    • Creamy – Try a Ranch Dressing or Avocado Dressing. These will compliment the ground beef and spicy jalapenos perfectly.
    • Zesty – Or you can use Thousand Island Dressing or store bought Catalina for a yummy alternative.

 

Avocado, jalapenos, tomatoes, beans, red onion, cheese, ground beef, cheese and tortilla chips all on top of a bed of lettuce in a brown bowl.

What to Serve with Taco Salad

This Taco Salad is definitely a full meal in itself, simply pair it with a cold beverage like horchata, lemonade, or even a fruity Sangria or Margarita!

Feeding a larger crowd? Add Spanish Rice or this zesty Cilantro Lime Rice to your menu! In keeping with the Mexican theme and to finish off the evening, try some dulce de leche, Mexican chocolate mousse or Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake for dessert!

If you want to keep your menu super simple, serve warmed soft tortillas on the side to create a quick taco or burrito at the ready.

More Delicious Taco Inspired Recipes

Taco Salad

This easy taco salad is crispy, crunchy and colorful! It is so much fun to put together because you can customize the toppings, making everyone at the dinner table happy!

Beef

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or homemade)
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)

Salad

  • 6 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1 cup tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • toppings as desired (olives, bell peppers, jalapenos, red or green onion)
  1. Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat. 

  2. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in beans.

  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with meat, tomatoes, cheese, avocado and desired toppings.
  4. Top each serving with tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream.

While we use sour cream and salsa as dressing, catalina or Thousand Island are also great tossed with this salad.

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Taco Salad overflowing with ground beef, beans, tortilla chips and cheese along with fresh toppings like avocado, tomatoes, red onion and diced jalapenos.

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Crispy, crunchy and colorful, who doesn’t love a Taco Salad? This easy taco salad recipe is so much fun to put together because there are so many different toppings you can add! #spendwithpennies #tacosalad #tacosaladrecipe #easytacosalad #doritotacosalad #beefrecipe #weeknight #easyrecipe #mexicaninspired #tacosaladbowls #southwest #besttacosalad