Ground Beef Stroganoff
Featuring flavorful ground beef and sautéed mushrooms in a creamy sauce, this Ground Beef Stroganoff makes for an easy and classic comfort food meal!
What are the iconic recipes of your childhood? For me, chili mac, powdered sugar donuts and buttermilk biscuits all come to mind. Oh, and this Ground Beef Stroganoff. As a kid, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one due to the mushrooms. I dutifully ate it although I probably complained about it (sorry, Mom!). As an adult? I can’t get enough of this recipe!
Originally of Russian origin, Beef Stroganoff has become a comfort food favorite around the world. What’s not to love? It’s easy. It’s delicious. And, for me, it reminds me of childhood. Win-win-win! This from-scratch version uses lean ground beef instead of strips of beef. While the more traditional version with strips of beef is mighty tasty, I actually prefer this version instead.
Ground Beef Stroganoff
This Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe is cooked from scratch, but don’t let that deter you. I know a bunch of those “dinner in a box” kits include beef stroganoff as an option. You don’t need that! Those versions are often bland and boring. This version will have you licking the bowl clean!
Ground Beef Stroganoff calls for basic ingredients, and it’s a great option for weeknight meals. Plus, it’s all cooked in the same pan (well, two pans if you consider the one used for boiling the noodles).
For this recipe, put the following ingredients on your shopping list for next week:
- Ground Beef – This is a great place to use lean ground beef. I use 93/7 whenever I make this recipe. For burgers that won’t work too well, but for Ground Beef Stroganoff? Lean beef is the way to go!
- Onion – You might already keep onions on hand. I typically just pick up a couple of onions each week at the store so that we always have one around.
- Mushrooms – I used sliced portabella mushrooms, but any variety (or a combination of varieties) would work in this recipe. The recipe calls for 8 oz., but we often double that amount.
- Pantry Ingredients – You probably already have these basic ingredients on hand, but if not put ’em on your list. Butter, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, pepper, flour, beef broth (I always keep a container of broth concentrate in the fridge), Worcestershire sauce and sour cream.
- Egg Noodles – I’m partial to egg noodles in this recipe, but rice would also be a great option here.
- Parsley– It’s definitely optional, but I like to sprinkle some chopped Italian parsley on top of this dish before serving.
If you’re looking for some classic comfort food, then put this Ground Beef Stroganoff on the list. We love this recipe, and it makes regular appearances around here. Enjoy!
Did you make this Ground Beef Stroganoff at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Ground Beef Stroganoff
- 16 oz. lean ground beef
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ cup diced yellow onions
- 8 oz. sliced button mushrooms
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1¾ cups beef broth
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 12- oz. package egg noodles
- fresh parsley chopped
- Using a large, deep skillet, add ground beef and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
- Add butter, onions and mushrooms; stir until well combined. Continue cooking for 5-7 more minutes, stirring occasionally, or until beef is fully cooked. (Note: This would be a good time to bring a pot of water to a boil for the egg noodles.)
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper; stir until well combined. Continue cooking for 1 minute.
- Sprinkle flour on top of mixture; stir until well combined. Continue cooking for 1-2 more minutes.
- Add broth and Worcestershire sauce; stir until well combined. Bring mixture to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes.
- Cook egg noodles for 7-9 minutes, or according to package instructions.
- Stir sour cream into beef mixture and cook for 1-2 more minutes, or until heated through.
- Garnish with chopped parsley and serve over cooked egg noodles.
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Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use vegan beef / butter / vegetable broth/ coconut aminos and cream i never had beef stroganoff before i love mushrooms sooooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work
Hey Ramya! I think you could use vegan beef here, but I actually would recommend just using more mushrooms instead. This is a delicious comfort food meal – pasta and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Yum! I hope you get a chance to try this recipe soon!
David, this one brings back childhood memories as we had it often. But, of a more common variety. The ground beef was 20% fat and never drained and the mushrooms came from a little can. I’m making this just per your recipe as I think it will put this dish back on my yummy list.
This dish is a classic for a reason, Ron! While you could certainly use ground chuck in this recipe, it doesn’t need the extra fat – the cream sauce means you can totally get away with lean ground beef here and not notice a difference in flavor. And fresh mushrooms are the way to roll if possible! I do hope you get a chance to try this and return it to your list of comfort food favorites! 🙂 Hope you are doing well, my friend!
Totally forgot about this dish, although I used to make it often! Great reminder, especially since my eldest loves mushrooms — will have to introduce this one to him!
Ah, so glad this post reminded you of this classic comfort food dish, Michelle! I know there are boxed versions out there, but the homemade version wins every time! 🙂
Interesting – this post made me realize Beef Stroganoff wasn’t a common dish when I was a kid, at least in my family. But instead we had Stroganoff with liver and chicken (Yes, such variations do exist!) Anyway, as a grown-up, I don’t make Beef Stroganoff often enough (few years ago last time), and I think I’m missing out a lot. Yeah I definitely need to catch up on all those times we should have had Beef Stroganoff, right? 🙂
Interesting! So traditional Stroganoff was with chicken and liver? Here in the States, it’s always been beef…at least as far as I know. I’m not a liver fan, but I would be willing to give this one a try with chicken. I do think you should catch up on lost time, Ben. Perhaps put Beef Stroganoff on the menu this week? (Just don’t add any lavender, ok? Haha!)
I hate that this is Russian!!! But it looks yummy. I really like the look of he mushrooms in that sauce.
I definitely had that same Russian thought, Mimi. Oh well. Based on Ben’s comment above, it sounds like the Russian version might have originated as chicken and liver? I think the lean ground beef works much better…at least in my humble opinion! 🙂
Such a comfort meal, definietly a heartwarming dish.
It’s a classic comfort food dish for a reason, Raymund! We love this one around our house. 🙂
We never ate stroganoff when I was growing up, but I do love it now. Making it with ground beef is a great idea! I need to try this with ground wild game, like venison or elk burger since we have a freezer full of it!
Ohhh…this would indeed be a great recipe with ground venison or elk! I’m thinking you should make a batch of this one ASAP, Kathy. It’s perfect comfort food for cold nights!
Beef Stroganoff is an iconic childhood recipe for me too, David (along with tuna and noodles – you too?) It was one of my favorites. I’ve never had it with ground beef, but what a great way to make it weeknight quick and easy. Can’t wait to try this!
Oh, tuna and noodles was a staple in our house growing up. I feel like I can still remember the taste…haha. This beef stroganoff with ground beef is absolutely fantastic. It has earned a spot on our dinner rotation here now!
i like to use beef mince, and it is great with mushrooms. this looks great david. but not a dish our mum would ever have cooked. My dad had very plain meat and 3 veg type tastes :=) He probably never had a mushie in his life…
Hah! I totally know what you mean there, Sherry. My dad is very much the same way. If he had his way, I think it would be a steak and baked potato every night. 🙂
Yum! Stroganoff is one of my personal favourites. Your recipe reminds me that I haven’t had this in ages David, thanks. We need hearty comforting meals like this and I love how yours is made with lean ground beef!
It is definitely rolling into hearty, comfort food meal season! This version is particularly tasty with the lean ground beef. I hope you make this one again soon, Neil. Have a great weekend, my friend!
David, I just found your blog and you have some great recipes, I was originally looking for a good Brunswick Stew recipe, yours seemed to sound like something I’d like so I’m trying that soon but also took a look at your Stroganoff and it looks yummy also so I’m going to save your site for go-to recipes.
Also since you are from our great south that helps since I’m a lifelong southerner from east Tennessee.
Keep up the good work I’m watching.
Hey Laura! So glad you stumbled across my blog – it’s great to “meet” you. 🙂 I do love that Brunswick Stew recipe – it’s perfect for chilly days. That reminds me that we should make a batch of that soon! Although I do need to wait for it to cool off a bit more…I’m guessing you’re having the same crazy warm weather over there in eastern TN right now?? We’re just across the border from you in Asheville. Definitely don’t be a stranger if you have thoughts/comments/questions about other recipes!
I’m also a big fan of Beef Stroganoff and really liked it as a kid, mushrooms notwithstanding. I was actually one of those rare kids who wasn’t in the least picky about food. Except for beets. Never liked ’em. Still don’t!
Anway I’ve never tried Beef Stroganoff with ground beef, but I like the idea! It can be a tricky dish, since the beef strips can come out a bit tough or dry if you’re not careful. I imagine using ground beef gets around that very nicely. Will be giving this a go soon!
Haha – you and me both, Frank. I still don’t like beets either! Laura will eat ’em like they’re going out of style, but I just can’t get on board with them. Definitely give this Beef Stroganoff a try with lean ground beef. We find it much easier than using strips of beef – which is a win-win since we always keep ground beef in the freezer. This one is comfort food at its best!!
I’m so happy you have brought Beef Stroganoff back to the table David. I remember making it a lot in the late 70s and 80s but was always worried the steak wouldn’t be tender unless I used fillet steak, using mince solves that problem. In those days though, canned mushrooms were often used in our part of the world. I’m going to make this one night soon for an absolute treat. Yum, it’s lunchtime and I would love some right now.:)
Why thank you so much, Pauline! You know, some recipes deserve to be left behind…but Beef Stroganoff is not one of them. It’s comfort food at its best! I actually love using ground beef in this recipe – it’s easy, and we always keep packs of ground beef in the freezer for weeknight cooking. You should totally make this sometime – maybe in a few months when it starts to get cooler there? (I always associate comfort food like this with cooler weather…)