Cooking Without Mom: How to Cook Ground Beef

For the first time last night I cooked ground beef. Let me tell you, it was a lot less scary than I expected! Over my very brief stint of cooking on my own, I’ve discovered I like to get very creative! For example, please see my How to Make Tacos or Salsa Beef Pasta posts to see how to use your cooked ground beef in easy  recipes!

How to Cook Ground Beef


Ground beef

1/2 Spanish Onion (chopped into small squares)

1/4 Green Pepper (chopped into small pieces)

3 tablespoons (or small amount) of water as needed


  1. Place a medium sized pot your stovepot, on medium-high heat. On my electric stove, I have it set at 4 out of 8 possible heat settings.
  2. Add three tablespoons of water to pot – as it starts to evaporate, you will be able to verify the pot is hot enough to cook the beef.
  3. Unpack the thawed beef, and stick it straight into the pot. Don’t worry if there is water in the pot, that will stop the beef from sticking.
  4. As the meat is in the pot, the heated parts will start to turn brown. Use a spatula to break up the meat to exposed the uncooked parts.
  5. After the meat starts to brown (5 min in or so), add in the chopped veggies – they will add a little flavour as they cook with the meat.
  6. Continue to break the meat up, so all the pink, uncooked meat turns brown.


  • Its important you meat is fully cooked, or you can get E. Coli. Don’t be afraid of overcooking, if you want to make sure the meat is fully cooked, lower the heat to ensure you don’t burn the food, and leave the meat in the pot, stirring occasionally. Look for the meat to go from reddish-pink to grey to brown. If in doubt take a piece out and cut it open – make sure in inside has browned well.
  • Beef doesn’t need any oil or water to cook. You literally need to take the thawed beef and stick it in the pot. Depending on what type of beef you are using, the fat from the beef will generate enough oil to cook. I used Lean Ground Beef in my cooking, and still found it way too oily. Next time I will try Extra Lean Ground Beef, and I suspect I still won’t need oil or water. I would recommend starting without any base like oil or water, and if the meat starts to stick, add a little water.

As an Ingredient for Other Recipes

  • I bought a “Stand and Stuff” taco kit by Old El Paso, and they had a powdered seasoning to add to the beef. After the beef was fully cooked with the onions and green peppers, I drained any excess water/oil and then did the following:
  • Add 1 cup of water
  • Add seasoning packet
  • Bring water to a boil and stir often until liquid is almost evaporated and the seasoning is fully stirred in. Takes about another 7-10 min to cook

Please see my How to Make Tacos or Salsa Beef Pasta Recipe for more ideas on how to use your ground beef!


2 thoughts on “Cooking Without Mom: How to Cook Ground Beef

  1. Reblogged this on Surviving Studenthood and commented:

    One area of studenthood that we haven’t addressed much is living on your own…and that includes cooking. In an effort to address this experience in studenthood, we are going to reblog these excellent student cooking tips that are popping up on a blog created by our founder. Enjoy!

  2. Pingback: Cooking Without Mom: How to Make Ground Beef Tacos « Travelling Through Twenty

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