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Easy Stovetop Ground Beef Recipe

I’ve been eating out way more than my wallet likes. The cold, gloomy winter weather coupled with being cooped up at home has literally zapped all my energy to get going in the kitchen on most days. When I do cook, I whip up stuff that requires minimal cooking time.

My go-to usually involves something with ground beef. Whether it’s sautéed, baked or stewed, ground beef is my tried and true ingredient. Coupled with the right side, it’s comfort food at its best: chili, tacos, burgers, and sloppy Joes.

This post will show you how I often like to cook ground beef. Honestly, I didn’t know what to call this recipe because stir-fry doesn’t fit as there are not many vegetables in the dish (there’s onion and garlic though, ha-ha), yet it’s not a stew. Therefore, I’ll just call it…

how to cook stovetop ground beef

P.S. There are no sexy food pictures here with the perfect lighting and filters. I used my handy phone and did my best to capture the cooking stages.


  • 1 lb. Ground beef (I like to use extra lean to cut down on the fat)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ medium onion sliced or diced
  • ¾ tbsp. Cool Runnings all-purpose seasoning (you can use salt if preferred)
  • ½ tbsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 4 tbsp. Diana Gourmet Spicy sauce
  • ½ tbsp. Cool Runnings Jerk Seasoning (you can use pepper if preferred)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil – I don’t add any oil to the pan at the start of cooking


step 1 – Remove the meat from the fridge. Before cooking, give it a wash with water. I also add a little bit of vinegar (1 tsp) to the water and then rinse it out in a strainer which I use only for meat washing. Depending on your preference, you may skip this step. If you don’t, avoid letting the meat sit too long in the water mixture. Else things will crumble apart. ***Remember to wash your hands with soap afterwards and disinfect countertop surfaces.

step 2 – season the meat with all-purpose seasoning, thyme, paprika, jerking seasoning, garlic and onion (use the powders instead if you don’t like bits and pieces of onion and garlic in your food).

step 3 – allow the seasoned meat to sit in the fridge for 15 – 20 minutes.

step 4 –  heat a large frying pan or a skillet on high for 1 minute until hot.

Step 5 – add the ground beef and use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the meat into large pieces in the pan. Since I washed the ground beef, there was some extra water. Things will reduce quickly as you let the meat brown for several minutes (mine took about 7 mins).

step 6 – continue to break the meat into smaller and smaller pieces. Once browned, add four tablespoons of the Diana Gourmet Spicy BBQ sauce and 1 cup of water to the pan. Reduce the heat to low.

step 7 – allow to simmer and cook down for 20 -30 minutes until everything is reduced. Then enjoy!

the final product

With the ground beef ready to go, plate it up with your favs. Rice, pasta, potatoes or bread. In my case, I pulled out some Kraft Mac & Cheese, which is a childhood favourite and seems to work with anything. Pair it with sliced cucumber and tomatoes and light raspberry dressing. And voila! UberEATS, you have nothing on me.

With love!

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