Catering to the ever-changing palates of children can be exhausting. One week they love pasta the next week they hate it! Stop the never-ending battles and create a dinner they won’t say no to!

We’ve created a list of delicious kid-approved meals that all utilize a simple budget-friendly ingredient. This ingredient is ground beef! Let’s dig into delicious casseroles, pizza, and 10 other delicious dinners this week!

1. Tater Tot Casserole

Kids love tater tots. I mean, who doesn’t! They’re like delicious little fry nuggets! So why not throw in a few other enticing ingredients and create a whole meal starring their favorite food!

This tater tot casserole will not disappoint. Ground beef is combined with loads of cheese, sour cream and cream of mushroom or chicken soup. These ingredients create a creamy base layer and you’ll be happy to know that there a few secret veggies added in too!

2. Taco Stuffed Shells

Bundle up the delicious flavors of tacos and stuff it into jumbo pasta shells! This lovely casserole is bound to intrigue every member of your family!

The ground beef mixture is seasoned with taco seasoning and combined with cream cheese to create an irresistible creamy filling. Then that mixture is stuffed into the shells, topped with enchilada sauce and finished with a generous sprinkling of shredded cheese!

3. Big Mac Pizza

The next time your kids are begging to go to Mc Donalds tell them you have a special dinner surprise and whip together this recipe! Kids love pizza and big macs are one of Mc Donald’s most popular menu items so why not combine the two to create one epic dinner!

This pizza starts with a simple store-bought pizza crust. To create the authentic Big Mac flavor you’ll need tangy dill pickles, Thousand Island salad dressing, mayo, and a few other ingredients. Finally, serve the pizza with shredded lettuce and watch this meal get devoured!

4. Easy Weeknight Hamburger Helper

Want a quick and easy weeknight meal that won’t displease your children? This hamburger helper is here to the rescue!

This budget-friendly meal is so easy to prepare thanks to the Instant Pot! This handy kitchen gadget has amazing features like a sautee mode to cook the ground beef and a pressure cook mode to cook the entire meal quickly.

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5. BBQ Beef Stuffed Peppers

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat more veggies? Serve them these delicious bbq beef stuffed peppers and watch them gobble up every last bite.

What sets this recipe over the top is the homemade bbq sauce! In addition to the lovely sauce, these peppers are stuffed with a filling of ground beef, rice, and a little sprinkle of cheese to make them ooey-gooey delicious.

6. Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Casserole

Throw in a little protein to a kid-favorite meal. This delicious sloppy joe grilled cheese casserole is two insanely delicious meals in one!

Your family will go crazy for this casserole. I mean, how can they say no to serious comfort food! Plus those savory flavors will have them begging for more.

7. Muffin Tin Cheeseburger Cups

These mini burgers are made in a muffin tin and because of that, you can whip up a large batch quickly! They would be great for any family dinner, potluck or birthday party and they certainly get the stamp of approval from the kiddos!

Stuff one half of a burger bun into the muffin tin and top it with ground beef, ketchup, cheese, and bacon! Because you’ll be using pre-cooked ground beef, these delicious cheeseburger cups only require about 5 minutes in the oven! Serve with a pickle slice and a side of fries!

8. Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Growing up, Shepherd’s pie was my favorite! No one could make this delicious meal better than my mother. If you’re not used to preparing it yourself it can feel like a lot of work but this recipe proves it’s actually quite easy!

Your family will go crazy for the incredibly savory ground beef filling and buttery mashed potato topping. Further, this recipe provides instructions on how to prepare it ahead of time and how to freeze it for later too.

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9. Cheesy Ground Beef Empanadas

Empanadas are the more sophisticated and healthier option to store-bought pizza pockets. Instead of pizza ingredients, these empanadas are filled with cheesy ground beef!

Your kids will love them and you’ll feel good feeding it to them. These taste lovely on their own but serve well with a side of salsa and sour cream!

10. Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas have your busy weeknights covered. This kid-friendly meal comes together in 30 minutes or less!

Before assembling the quesadillas, you’ll need to cook the ground beef in a skillet. The ground beef mixture is made with ground beef, spinach, tomato paste, and delicious seasonings. Once cooked, assemble the quesadillas and finish cooking in the skillet.

11. Dorito Taco Salad

If you tell your kids they’re having a salad for dinner they’re probably going to run away from the dinner table. However, tell them this “salad” has Doritos in it and watch them come running back.

This insanely delicious taco salad is loaded with delicious flavors and exciting texture. They’re bound to request this type of salad again!

12. Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

It is true, kids love mac and cheese! I mean what is not to love? It’s cheesy, comforting and most importantly, simple! However, surprise your kids with a cheeseburger mac and cheese and watch them fall in love with this food all over again.

This cheesy mac and cheese is made with seasoned ground beef, macaroni pasta and loads of ooey-gooey cheese! As a bonus, this is another excellent quick and easy dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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