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International Ground Beef Dishes - Simple and Fun

Updated on September 11, 2013
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Four Regional Recipes

The following recipes all use ground beef in a regional dish, including Creole, Indian Curry, Asian, and Mexican. Ground chuck or ground (or chunk) chicken or turkey could be used in place of ground beef in each of the recipes.

Creole Chili

Serves 6 at about 330 calories per serving.

If you wish, reduce fat and calories by substituting 2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil for the bacon.


  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 pound of ground chuck or ground beef
  • *NOTE: The next three ingredients are called "The Three Sisters" or "Cajun Trinity" and are a foundation in much Creole and Cajun cooking. 1 Cup chopped celery, 1 Cup chopped yellow onion, and 1 Cup chopped green bell pepper. See Note below.
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp each of oregano and thyme
  • 1/2 tsp each of basil and salt
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and the juice
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can black eye peas, drained and rinsed - use the juice for gravy
  • 2 Cups diced fresh sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 Cups frozen sliced okra
  • 1 Cup beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of nutmeg


  • In a large pan or deep skillet, brown the bacon dice to render fat.
  • Add the The Three Sisters and garlic and sauté until vegetables are tender-crisp.
  • Add the oregano, thyme, basil and salt quickly and crumble in the ground chuck; stir and lightly brown the meat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes until the sweet potato is tender.

*[NOTE: Among Eastern Native Americans, The Three Sisters are corn, beans, and squash and are used differently.]

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Curried Beef Bowl

Serves 6 with 260 calories per bowlful.


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chuck or ground beef
  • 1 Cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 Cups tomato juice
  • 1 can chick peas, drained - use the juice for gravy in another dish
  • 1 1/2 Cups (12 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Indian chili paste
  • 8 oz plain yogurt
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Over medium heat, heat a frying pan, pour in the oil and heat the oil. Brown the meat in the oil until just brown. Drain if necessary.
  • Add garlic and curry powder to the pan and heat until very fragrant, abuot 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the flour to the pan and mix well.
  • While constantly stirring the pan, pour stock slowly into the pan.
  • Continue to stir and add in chickpeas and tomato juice; stir until boiling just above simmer, then boil for 15 minutes with an occasional stir.
  • When thick, add frozen peas, diced tomatoes, salt to taste, and chili paste.
  • Cook 5 minutes more, stir in yogurt and serve with garnish.

Chinese Bleu Dumplings

Makes 30-40 Dumplings at about 70 calories each


  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1 large scallion or green onion, finely chopped - use white and half of the green
  • 1 tsp basil - fresh chopped or dried
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • Vegetable or peanut oil for deep frying
  • Dumplings wrappers (round, but square are fine) for 30-40 dumplings.


  • In a large bowl, place 1 large egg and slightly beat it, then add the bleu cheese, copped scallion, basil and pepper and mix well.
  • Add the ground beef or chuck and mix entire contents of bowl well.
  • Break the second egg into a small dish and beat well with a fork.
  • Place 2 tsp of the meat mixture into each round of a dumpling wrapper.
  • Brush the edges of dumpling with egg wash, pinch-seal dumplings and set aside on waxed paper or non-stick cookie sheet.
  • Heat oil in a deep pot to fry dumplings, to the temperature of 375 F or 190 C.
  • Fry dumplings a few at a time until golden brown and internal temperature of filling is 160 F or 70 C.
  • Drain dumplings on paper towels on a cookie sheet and serve. You can store the cookie sheet and dumplings in a slow oven )or Low setting) to remain warm while you are cooking the rest of the dumplings.
  • Serve with a Hot Asian Slaw with sweet and sour dressing.

Hot Asian Slaw

  • Empty a one-pound bag of pre-cut slaw mix (cabbage, carrots, red cabbage) into a large frying pan.
  • Sprinkle with sesame oil and raise heat under pan to medium.
  • Stir fry until slaw mix wilts, stirring constantly.
  • Remove slaw to plates and douse with sweet and sour salad dressing and serve with the dumplings above. This slaw is also good on sandwiches.

Mexicali Meatballs & Nacho Cheese

Serves 6 at about 320 calories per serving.



  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 Cup yellow or white nacho chips, crushed
  • ¼ Cup medium-heat salsa – bottled or from your own recipe
  • 1 envelope pre-made Taco Seasoning
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Pound ground beef

Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp margarine
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk – or substitute 2%
  • 1 Cup shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese – substitute lo-cal cheese of desired.


  • 1 large scallion or green onion sliced thin – all of white and most of green parts.
  • Jalapeno slices (optional)



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F or 175 C.
  • In a mixing bowl, place the egg and beat slightly with a fork.
  • Add crushed nacho chips, salsa, and taco seasoning and mix well.
  • Add the ground beef and mix well with clean fingers.
  • Make meatballs about 1 inch in diameter and place on a cooking-sprayed baking sheet.
  • Bake meatballs for 15 minutes until brown and fully done.

Cheese Sauce:

  • Melt margarine over medium heat, add the rest of the sauce ingredient, mix well and remove from heat. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Return to heat, raise temperature to a boil and continue to stir until thick. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until it is well melted.
  • On each serving plate, place a serving of meatballs and cover with cheese sauce. Garnish with sliced scallion and serve. You can also place meat balls in a large bowl, sauce in a gravy boat, and garnish in a small bowl for table serving. Add sliced jalapenos as an additional  garnish if desired.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope you all are able to try these and have a delicious feast. Thanks for commenting!

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      mulberry1 8 years ago

      Interesting recipes. I'll have to come back next weekend. I do my shopping on Saturdays, so I'll need to get my list together!

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      debnet 8 years ago

      That creole recipe sounds fantastic... gotta try that one!

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      Hovalis 8 years ago from Australia

      Great hub, Patty. I'm going to bookmark this one for later. I especially like the chinese dumpling recipe. Now you have me wanting to go to Yum Cha.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hawkesdream - they're like wanton wrapper only round and a little lighter and doughier. Filo would be delicious though, but I'm clumsy with it! Sometimes I just mix some flour and water to the consistency of almost-biscuit dough and that works. RVDaniels - I love the dumplings and the hot slaw. I am getting hungry now.

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      RVDaniels 8 years ago from Athens, GA

      A good hub.I love asian food and want totry the bleu dumplings.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      Gonna bookmark this one, Is a dumpling wrapper , like filo pastry?

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Triplet and Mighty Moms - I hope you like all the recipes - I get tired of the same things all the time, too. But these are fun!

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      It' so easy to get stuck in a rut with the basics (ground beef and chicken). Thanks for broadening my horizons. All of these sound delish and definitely like things my guys would eat! Yum! MM

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Yummy recipes. I am going to have to give at least one of them a try.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      "Wonton" - that's the name I could not remember. Thanks, Kitchen_Witch.

      Gypsy - hope you like them all. :)

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      Kitchen_Witch 8 years ago from The Green Studio of Musings

      Good recipes. Dumpling wrappers are found in most grocery stores here by the mushrooms and tofu areas of the veggie area of the stores.

      Wonton wrappers make an easy dumpling wrapper.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Great recipes, thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      froggycookingfriend - You can cut up flour tortillas or make some wrappers from flour and water and a bit of salt. Should be somewhat like pie dough

      I love the Asian slaw - I discovered it when I accidentally put sesame oil on slaw mix one day and decided to stir fry it. Works in the microwave, too.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Patty - being a lover of beef this was (for me) utterly mouthwatering. I fancy the Curried Beef of the group - though the Chinese Bleu Dumplings appear to be not only easy to make but a different way of eating beef. My problem with that one is finding dumpling wrappings. Or maybe you can make them?

      Thankyou for making my mouth water. A great weekend to you :)