15 alternative beef mince recipes that aren’t bolognese

Beef mince is one of the most popular ingredients. It’s cheap, versatile, and can be used in a whole variety of cuisines, from Chinese, to Mexican to Greek.

Bolognese is the classic go-to, and we have plenty of those to choose from. Here though, we’ve collected 15 of our favourite other ways to cook up beef mince. Lasagnes and chillies get a look in. But so too do Sichuan noodles, burritos and larb. Keep on reading for inspiration on how to get the most out of that packet of mince.

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15 alternative beef mince recipes that aren’t bolognese

15 inventive ways with beef mince

Sichuan beef noodles

With a little help from Sichuan peppercorns and soy sauce, these beef noodles are the tingly sensation you need to wake you up after a long day at work.

sichuan noodles
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Beef ragu lasagne

Is there anything more alluring than a lasagne? Layers of beef ragu, béchamel and silky pasta are one of life’s most comforting culinary experiences.

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Bibimbap makes a healthy and satisfying meal. It has colour, texture and bold flavours and is ready in 15 minutes. Find us a quicker way to use minced beef – we’ll wait.

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Beef burrito bowls

These beef burrito bowls are something a little different. They’re a fun family favourite as each person can build their own ‘bowl’ with as many toppings and sauces as they like!

beef burrito bowls
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Beef meatballs in tomato sauce

Homemade meatballs cooked in a rich tomato sauce are a classic. Eaten with spaghetti or polenta, they are a winning choice at a dinner party or for an at-home date-night. Just add a bottle of red.

beef meatballs
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Lighter moussaka

This Greek classic is cleverly tweaked here for a lighter moussaka you can enjoy a big slice of.

lighter moussaka
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Easy cottage pie

Rich meaty sauce made with beef, carrots and red wine is topped with fluffy, cheesy mash to make this family favourite cottage pie. Classics are classics for a reason!

easy cottage pie
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The ultimate beef burger

Master the burger sauce, bread and butter pickles, and then let the meat speak for itself! There is no onion or breadcrumbs in these burgers: just straight up beef mince with a little bone marrow for extra flavour.

bbq burger
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Beef koftas

A kebab with bells on! The olives and raisins throughout the mince in these beef and olive koftas give a sweet and salty kick. Serve on a bed of warm flatbreads and drizzle with red cabbage, pickled chillies and cucumber for a next-level group meal.

beef kofta
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Italian baked meatballs with garlic baguettes

When all you want is comfort food, this meatball recipe is up to the task. A tangy tomato sauce, oodles of melted mozzarella and crusty garlic bread for dipping: it’s got it all.

italian baked meatballs
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Tex Mex enchilada bake

These enchiladas are filled with minced beef, chipotle and red peppers, and covered with a cheesy sour cream topping before being baked. It’s an easy weeknight meal, and can be served with any guacamole or salsa of your choosing.

enchilada bake
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Beef larb

When you’ve got a packet of mince but want something light: think larb! These spicy beef larb lettuce cups, made with fresh ginger, chilli, and coriander are healthy, filling and so tasty.

beef larb
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Chilli con carne

Chilli con carne is the original way to spice up a packet of mince. This one is a slow-cooked favourite, you can put it on in the morning and come back in time for tea to a wonderful-smelling kitchen.

chilli con carne
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Turkish spiced beef pide

Pide, or Turkish style pizza, is much easier to make than it looks. If you’ve not made one before, you simply must try it. A spicy combination of beef mince, spinach and feta, it’s full of flavour and perfect with a green salad for dinner.

turkish beef pide
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Swedish meatballs

When you are craving meatballs from a certain homeware store, this is the recipe you need. Our Swedish meatballs in a creamy sauce take only 20 minutes to make, and are perfect for when you need a dinner quick!

scandi meatballs
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