Did you know you can cook FROZEN ground beef in the Instant Pot?

Ground beef has gotten a bit more expensive here lately but it can still be stretched to make many different filling meals on a budget. I like to throw some in a pot in the morning so that it can be cooked before dinner and quickly made into a yummy dish. I like to add some finely chopped mushrooms to ours while cooking to add a little extra nutrition… the kids never notice!

Frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot

Did you know you can cook FROZEN ground beef in the Instant Pot? Here’s how → sl290.isrefer.com/go/ipbeef/happy2bmyownboss/

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use precooked hamburger meat:

Mrs. B’s Good Easy Pizza (this is a great way to use meat and vegetable leftovers)

45-minute spaghetti sauce (a family favorite)

Crockpot Taco Soup

Daddy Can’t-Wait Casserole

Easy Burrito Casserole


Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Sloppy Joes

Taco Ring

Tater Tot Casserole

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad


What are your favorite ways to use hamburger?


Salisbury Steak w/Gravy

Salisbury Steak w/Gravy

Salisbury Steak with Gravy

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Upside-Down Meatloaf

This has got to be my number one favorite meatloaf recipe. We usually serve it with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. The whole family enjoys this one and even likes to have meatloaf sandwiches if there are leftovers. Sometimes I add a pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix to this. Continue reading “Upside-Down Meatloaf”

Daddy Can’t-Wait Casserole

I got this recipe from a church dinner. I just loved the name of the recipe and it is always a winner here. Serve with mashed potatoes and corn muffins. Continue reading “Daddy Can’t-Wait Casserole”


Casseroles are so easy to put together and usually feed a crowd. Below are links to some of our favorites.

BBQ Chicken and Pasta Bake

Briarpatch Casserole

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Casserole

Chicken Divine Casserole

Chicken Mexicana

Chicken Pot Pie

Chili Dog Casserole

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole

Easy Burrito Casserole

Easy Chicken Casserole

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice

Eggplant Parmesan

Hamburger Casserole (Serve with a salad and buttered bread)

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake

Meatball Sandwich Casserole

Another version of meatball sandwich casserole

Mom’s Oven Stew

Pizza Mac N Cheese

Popover Pizza

Poppy Seed Chicken

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Red & White Pasta

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

Tater Tot Casserole


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Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

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Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

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Briarpatch Casserole

I always made this for our church dinners and all of the kids would devour it within minutes… always a favorite! Continue reading “Briarpatch Casserole”

Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger Casserole


  • 1 lb box shells
  • 1 lb ground hamburger, cooked with garlic, onion, salt, and pepper to taste
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 375.

Grease a 9×13 baking dish

Cook noodles according to package directions.


After browning hamburger, add 2 cans tomato soup to the frying pan (with the hamburger).

Add ½ can water.

Stir and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.

Pour noodles into the baking dish.

Pour hamburger mixture over noodles and stir.

Sprinkle cheese over casserole and cover with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes longer.

Can bake under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to brown cheese, if desired.

Ground Steak

Ground Steak

Ground Steak


  • 2 lbs hamburger
  • 1cup flour
  • 3cup water, more or less depending on how thick you want this
  • salt and pepper to taste


Brown the hamburger while breaking it up so the meat takes on a “sloppy Joe” appearance.

Add in the flour, then the water and stir.

Season to taste.

Allow it to boil and thicken.

This can be served on buns with a slice of tomato and slaw or over mashed potatoes and rice.

Land Your Man Baked Beans

Land Your Man Baked Beans

Land Your Man Baked Beans

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Mexican Tortilla Skillet

This meal, along with many of the other meals that use hamburger, comes together really quickly if you brown your hamburger when you bring it home from the store. I usually buy several pounds and divide it up into 1lb sections, then brown it and freeze it for later.

This is super simple and comes together really quickly. Continue reading “Mexican Tortilla Skillet”