A lover of flavor, I never interpreted the phrase “meat and potatoes” as a compliment. WELL, for neither the first (nor I am sure, last) time, my assumptions have been proven dead wrong. This easy recipe for Ground Beef and Potatoes is all the things I never imagined something as seemingly simple as fried potatoes and hamburger could be.

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It’s flavorful enough to hold my attention, satisfying enough to keep me full, and nutritious enough to be a worthy addition to our healthy dinner rotation.

A mixture of potatoes, lean ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and spices, this beef and potatoes skillet will appeal to picky eaters and discerning palates alike.

Most often, the phrase “meat and potatoes” means a lack of eating adventure. A “meat and potatoes” person shies away from green vegetables, plant-based proteins like tofu, and spices.

As someone who embraces a diverse diet and certainly doesn’t want to waste her time on bland food, I am biased in the opposite direction. How could meat and potatoes possibly be anything but boooorrrrring?

Well my meat and potatoes friends, I hereby admit the fault of my prejudice. It turns out that you’ve been onto something all along.

A bowl with ground beef, potatoes, and cauliflower rice

Lean ground beef is a versatile protein. It’s healthy in moderation (beef is packed with protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12) and when used in recipes that incorporate other important food groups, especially vegetables.

Most often, my healthy ground beef recipes are inspired by world cuisines, like this Taco Skillet and this Korean Beef Bowl.

Until this simple skillet recipe came along, it didn’t occur to me to cook beef with something as basic as white potatoes, because I assumed the results would be ho-hum.

Ummmmm, this assumption is from the same girl who easily demolished an entire sheet pan of these Oven Roasted Potatoes by herself and who happily eats a Potato Frittata three days in a row for lunch.

Nice logic, Erin. (Ben I am sure would be happy to give you endless examples of my contradictory behaviors, but we’ll save that for a different post. Or never.)

While the ingredient list here looks basic, the results are anything but dull.

This ground beef and potatoes skillet is homey and classic to be certain—so yes, the “meat and potatoes” persons in your life will approve—but it’s also interesting enough to appease those seeking more from their meal.

Ground beef and potatoes being stirred in a pot

How to Make Ground Beef and Potatoes

Not only is this ground beef skillet sure to be embraced by everyone at your table, but it’s also easy to make and quick to clean up.

You can cook ground beef and vegetables together in the same skillet, leaving you just one pan to wash in the end.


The Ingredients

  • Lean Ground Beef. The flavorful and scrumptious meat for this dish. I don’t typically use oil with ground beef (the fat in the beef is sufficient enough for it to cook without sticking), but if your beef is ultra lean and your pan seems dry at any point, you can drizzle in a bit of oil to prevent sticking.
  • Potatoes. Tender cubed potatoes are a slam dunk pairing with the ground beef. They’re nutritious, crowd-pleasing, and pair beautifully with the spices in this dish.
  • Red Bell Pepper. Adds a touch of color, freshness, and sweetness.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. Gives the dish depth and umami flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard. Its tanginess pairs wonderfully with the potatoes.
  • Spices. A blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and oregano elevates this dish from bland to something truly craveable.
  • Hot Sauce. For a delicious kick! Use a lot or use a little to fit your taste preferences.

The Directions

Cubed potatoes in a pot
  1. Sauté the potatoes in oil.
Raw meat being added to vegetables
  1. Brown the beef with the vegetables, Worcestershire, mustard, spices, and hot sauce.
Ground beef with potatoes and peppers in a Dutch oven
  1. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the meat is cooked through. Add the green onions. Serve as desired and ENJOY!

Wine Pairing

Serve ground beef and potatoes with a Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Chardonnay.

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Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days. 
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm beef and potatoes in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  • To Freeze. I do not recommend freezing this dish, as potatoes can have a mealy texture when thawed. 

Leftover Ideas

  • I love to serve leftovers as a hash by re-crisping the ingredients in a skillet, then topping them with a fried egg. You could also turn leftovers into a scramble by mixing in scrambled eggs instead.
  • Turn your leftovers into a portable meal by wrapping them into a whole wheat tortilla. Make sure to warm the filling up first. (Adding some cheese to the wrap would be scrumptious.)
A pot with peppers, potatoes, and ground beef

What to Serve with Ground Beef and Potatoes

Healthy ground beef and potatoes with rice

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Ground beef and potatoes with red peppers in a pot

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Ground beef and potatoes with red peppers in a pot

Ground Beef and Potatoes

4.94 from 15 votes
This easy ground beef and potatoes will be an instant family favorite! Cooks in just ONE pan. Top with cheese or eggs for quick, healthy dinners.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and diced into ¼-inch cubes (I used Yukon golds)
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce plus additional for serving (I used sriracha)
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • FOR SERVING: non-fat plain Greek yogurt or sour cream shredded cheddar cheese, cooked brown rice or cauliflower rice (or just more hot sauce!)

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a skillet large enough to hold all of the ingredients over high heat. Once the oil is hot and shiny, reduce the heat to medium, then add the potatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the potatoes are turning golden and becoming tender (they should still be too firm to eat), about 6 minutes.
  • Add the beef, onion, and bell pepper. Cook, breaking apart the meat.
  • Add the Worcestershire, mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and hot sauce (add 1 teaspoon if you prefer only subtle heat, more if you would like it spicier).
  • Continue cooking and breaking up the beef, until the potatoes and onions are tender and the meat is fully cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes more.
  • Stir in the green onions. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot, topped with Greek yogurt, cheese, over rice, or enjoy it all on its own with a dash of extra hot sauce if you like.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days. 
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm beef and potatoes in a skillet over medium-low heat. (I love to serve leftovers as a hash by re-crisping the ingredients in a skillet, then topping them with a fried egg.)
  • TO FREEZE: I do not recommend freezing this dish, as potatoes can have a mealy texture when thawed. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 26gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 74mgPotassium: 1045mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1484IUVitamin C: 66mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 4mg

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  1. I made this recipe and there were no leftovers. I even doubled the ingredients. I added my own twist but still kept all the elements of your version. This will go on my regular rotation meal recipe list. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  2. I have been eating it like this for years, we call it Picadillo. I put green bell peppers along with the meat and potatoes, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Sometimes I put tomato sauce and water to make it soupy.

  3. This is even better than the ground beef I used to make for my son. Just yummy and can add egg noodles or rice as a side to make a hearty meal, easy on the wallet! Thanks ?5 stars

  4. This recipe was so yummy. Very quick and easy to make. I used regular paprika because I didn’t have any smoked also I used only a few dots of hot sauce and it was perfect. My husband gave it a 7.5 out of 10 and I agreed. I will definitely be make this again.4 stars

  5. I will try it one day this week. I am a Celiac and will replace recipes with gluten-free and low or no sodium items. Let you know after I try it one evening this week, not sure when. I will keep you posted.

    Can you send me simple gluten free meal/recipes please…something like prepare for 30 minutes or less?5 stars

  6. I made this tonight for dinner. I followed the recipe as written. It was very good. I loved the spices. Hubby liked it too and he’s picky. This is a keeper. Thank you!5 stars

  7. This is delicious! Love the spices in this recipe. I did add some beef broth that I had left over in the fridge and it was perfect.5 stars

    1. Hi Bob! You can find all the ingredient amounts listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. If you click the “Jump To Recipe” button at the top of the page, it will take you directly there. I hope this helps!

  8. Made this dish using a rough approximation of the ingredients. Served with basmati rice, Carolina Reaper sauce and a garlic dip. Just the ticket after a 6 mile walk on a damp winter’s day. I’ll definitely be making it again but with a few tweaks to suit our tastes. Cheers Erin!5 stars

  9. I was planning to make meatloaf tonight but got a late start and remembered this recent post. So glad I did! This was so delicious! I made with ground turkey because that’s what I had on hand. It came together quickly and turn out great both kids and husband gobbled it up and said “make it again”!!!5 stars

  10. This recipe was great for a dinner for two and then we had the leftovers for lunch! The combinations of seasonings were so delicious and really made the dish shine. Not to mention, I loved that this was a one pot dish which makes for easy cleanup. We loved it and will definitely be keeping this as a staple in our house!5 stars

  11. Yummy! Everyone loved this. We had a hard time not going back for thirds! I’m going to add it to my regular rotation. Thank you.5 stars

  12. This was simple and delicious. I threw in 3 sliced carrots because I had them. Topped with sour cream and hot sauce- Everyone loved it!5 stars

  13. This looks good. Do you think it would work with frozen hashbrowns? Although I raised my family using very frugal cooking habits, (I made my own shake’n bake, for instance) now that I’m alone most of my meals come from the freezer.

    1. Hi Jackie! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so it would be a complete experiment. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!