Ground Beef: History, Facts, and 4 Delicious Recipes to Try at Home

May 11, 2020

We get the feeling ground beef isn’t getting the full attention that it deserves. This may be because it has been in the game for a long time and is indisputably an economical option, especially when you buy in bulk, like with our Ground Beef bundles.

It is believed that ground beef came about in the 15th century, sometime between 1401 and 1500, although it was referred to as beef mince at that time. Many accept the idea that Mongolian and Turkic tribes were the first to create this treat, that now makes up roughly 42% of all beef eaten in the United States. Okay, so maybe 42% is not the stat you imagined would be tied to a style of meat that’s “starved for attention” but we’re still convinced it’s time to refresh the world’s love for ground beef and we believe these recipes are up for the challenge.

We bet they’ll change your thoughts on ground beef from “okay” to “gourmet”. Let us know how it goes!


You’ll need:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • yellow onion
  • garlic cloves
  • ground beef
  • dried oregano
  • cumin
  • fresh cilantro
  • tomato paste
  • Bone broth
  • green pitted olives
  • raisins
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Banh Mi Bowls

You’ll need:

  • tamari or soy sauce
  • ginger, finely grated
  • honey
  • sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • white mushrooms
  • garlic
  • Sesame seeds and green onions

For the pickled carrots (skip DIY and try DM’s Fermented Ginger Carrots):

  • apple cider vinegar
  • sugar
  • salt
  • Carrots

For the bowls:

  • rice
  • Pickled carrots
  • jalapeno peppers
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Lime wedges
  • Cucumber

Crispy Chickpeas with Ground Meat

You’ll need:

  • ground beef
  • cooked chickpeas
  • cumin
  • ancho or chipotle chili, or good chili powder
  • garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • cilantro or parsley

Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplant

You’ll need:

  • Eggplant
  • Salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • ground beef
  • ground allspice
  • ground cinnamon
  • Extra fine Bulgur
  • fresh parsley
  • pine nuts
  • tomato sauce (or paste)
  • water
  • red onion

As always, we wish you many blessings and good health!

Dave Stoltzfus

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