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Ground beef stroganoff is a delicious and comforting dish that is a variation of the classic beef stroganoff. It’s a budget friendly, easy-to-make family favorite that includes ground beef, mushrooms, onions, sour cream, and seasonings.
Step-by-step photos and instructions are below!
This easy dinner is a one pot meal that combines juicy ground beef and fresh mushrooms in a creamy sauce over tender egg noodles. A filling and comforting meal, this will make your entire family run to the table on busy weeknights!
This is a the ground beef version of a classic recipe (authentic Beef Stroganoff uses sautéed pieces of beef) to make it quicker, easier and more budget friendly. I’m all for cheating if it saves on those things!
Change it up to your tastes and make it your own by switching out some of the ingredients for your favorites, or to use up what you have on hand.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Budget Friendly. Using ground beef cuts the cost! If you are on a super budget, skip the fresh mushrooms and grab a can of cream of mushroom soup. See the notes box for details.
- Quick and Easy. This is a 30 minute meal, obviously depending on how long it takes you to dice an onion, mince garlic and prep mushrooms.
- Easy to find ingredients. All ingredients ca be found in your local grocery store.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ground turkey, chicken, or pork can be used as alternatives to beef. However, the flavor profile may change slightly.
Greek yogurt, crème fraîche, cream cheese or heavy cream.
Yes, mushrooms are the traditional addition, but you can also add bell peppers or peas for extra flavor and texture.
Beef Stroganoff is a Russian dish that traditionally consists of sautéed beef chunks in a sour cream sauce. Its name is derived from the Stroganov family, a notable Russian family from the 19th century.
Yes, both appliances can be used to make this dish. For slow cookers, brown the beef separately and then combine ingredients, letting them simmer slowly all day. In the Instant Pot, you can use the sauté function to brown the beef and then pressure cook the mixture. In both cases, wait until the dish is fully cooked before adding sour cream.
A cornstarch or flour slurry (mixed with cold water) can be added to the simmering sauce to thicken it. Allow it to cook for a few minutes after adding to ensure the raw taste cooks out.
What to serve with Beef Stroganoff
I have included step-by-step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat until it is piping hot!
While I prefer fresh ingredients, You could use cream of mushroom soup if you are in a pinch. Just reduce the amount of stock to 1 cup, and add it at that same step. You also won’t need sour cream.
Ground turkey would work in place of ground beef if that is what you have on hand.
You can freeze Beef Stroganoff. However, the sour cream sauce may separate or become grainy once thawed. When reheating, do it gently on the stovetop and try adding a splash of cream or broth to restore the consistency.
Recipe Ingredients and Possible Substitutes
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Butter. Used to sauté the vegetable, olive oil can be used as well.
- Onion, white button mushrooms, garlic. You could use any kind of mushroom that you like, cremini and brown mushrooms also work in this. Garlic powder can also be used in place of fresh garlic.
- Lean Ground beef. I use lean beef. If you use one with higher fat content, be sure to drain any excess grease.
- Stock, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard. Beef broth or stock gives this dish a ton of flavor, when combined with the sauce and mustard. You can also use beef bouillon with water.
- Sour cream. Greek yogurt, cream cheese, crème fraîche, or a little bit of heavy cream can be used as substitutes for sour cream.
- OPTIONAL: Fresh parsley for garnish and Egg noodles for serving.
- Chopping Board
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Skillet, large pan or Dutch oven
- Wooden spoon
How to make Beef Stroganoff
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Dice the onion, slice the mushrooms, mince the garlic. Prepare to cook egg noodles (if using).
In a large skillet, Dutch oven or frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook, breaking it apart with a spatula, until it’s browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat if necessary.
Stir in the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms soften.
Pour in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. If there is not enough liquid, add a little more. Too much liquid? Try a slurry of cornstarch and water (see the FAQs for details)
Remove from heat, stir in the sour cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
More delicious one pot meals:
- Smothered Chicken Casserole. This smothered chicken casserole is pure comfort food. Full of flavor, and done in about 45 minutes, this is a family friendly weeknight favorite.
- Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe. A delicious lasagna that is made in a cast-iron skillet. This comfort food classic is perfect for weeknights and pleases the whole family!
- Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie (in a Skillet). Comfort food at its finest – this super yummy Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie hits all the right spots. Creamy, tasty and comforting, the addition of biscuits to the top makes this a popular dinner with the whole family!
Ground Beef Stroganoff
- Dice the onion, slice the mushrooms, mince the garlic
- In a large skillet or frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook, breaking it apart with a spatula, until it’s browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat if necessary.
- Stir in the sliced mushrooms and minced garlic. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms soften.
- Pour in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
- Remove from heat, stir in the sour cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve the ground beef stroganoff over cooked egg noodles or rice.
Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.