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15 Easy AIP Ground Beef Recipes

By Sara Nelson on Apr 28, 2021

Tags: AIP

If you follow an autoimmune protocol diet, you may be looking for AIP ground beef recipes. This cut of beef is a budget-friendly and nutrient-dense source of protein that is highly versatile when incorporated into meals. It also fits perfectly into an AIP-compliant diet!

The autoimmune protocol diet, often referred to as the "AIP diet", is an elimination diet that does not include eggs, dairy, sugar, grains, gluten, legumes, industrial seed oils, nuts, seeds, nightshade vegetables, or thickening agents. It, instead, encourages the consumption of vegetables, fruit, humanely-raised meat, and healthy fats.

The diet is commonly followed by those diagnosed with autoimmune conditions. It can decrease symptoms related to those medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, vasculitis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

In the beginning, this diet can feel quite challenging to follow, and it can be a more significant challenge to find recipes compliant with this way of eating. To ease your efforts in finding autoimmune protocol recipes, we have compiled our 15 favorite easy AIP ground beef recipes that will be a great addition to your weekly meal plan.

The dishes included on this list range from breakfast hash to bacon cheeseburger casseroles to loaded burrito bowls, all of which are compliant with an AIP diet.

Let's get started!

1. Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowls

AIP Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowls Recipe

These Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice bowls are packed with vegetables, do not contain soy, and are a great meal prep option as you can make them in advance and store them in the refrigerator to eat later in the week.

Instead of grain-based rice, cauliflower rice is used, which sits alongside the Korean beef, which is made flavorful with ingredients like shallots, ginger, coconut aminos, and spices.

Get the recipe from Little Bites Of Beauty.

2. One-Pan Ground Beef Breakfast Hash

AIP One-Pan Ground Beef Breakfast Hash Recipe

This AIP breakfast recipe requires only four main ingredients: ground beef, sweet potato, garlic, and cabbage.

We especially like this dish as it stores well in the refrigerator so that you can make it in advance. Simply transfer the cooked hash to an airtight container and it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

In less than 30 minutes, you can prepare, cook, and serve this dish and start your day off with a nutrient-dense meal and a full stomach!

Get the recipe from Hurried Health Nut.

3. AIP Orange Garlic Meatballs

AIP Orange Garlic Meatballs Recipe

These oven-baked AIP meatballs are made with a combination of ingredients like ground beef, ground pork, coconut flour, dried orange peel, balsamic vinegar, and spices.

They can be made and served in just 35 minutes and pair perfectly alongside your favorite AIP salad or atop steamed or roasted vegetables.

The recipe yields 24 meatballs, which would be perfect for a family of 4 or 6, but if you want leftovers to eat for lunch or dinner tomorrow, we’d suggest doubling the original recipe.

Get the recipe from The Castaway Kitchen.

4. AIP Zucchini and Beef Casserole

AIP Zucchini and Beef Casserole Recipe

Sauces can be challenging to include in an AIP diet as many contain nightshades, like tomatoes, added sugar, or gluten. This zucchini and beef casserole recipe features an AIP-compliant sauce that is reminiscent of traditional marinara sauce. Instead of being tomato-based, it is made with a mixture of carrots, beets, and beef broth.

The recipe yields 2 servings and can be made in less than a half-hour. You’ll wrap thinly sliced zucchini around ground beef and add to a baking pan filled with the prepared sauce.

It’s a delicious and nutritious meal that you are sure to enjoy!

Get the recipe from Healing Autoimmune.

5. Beef and Broccoli Skillet Casserole

AIP Beef and Broccoli Skillet Casserole Recipe

Made in a cast-iron skillet, this AIP ground beef recipe is like a combination of Hamburger Helper and takeout beef and broccoli. The dish is creamy, protein-packed and, instead of cheese, a homemade and dairy-free alternative is used that includes nutritional yeast, an ingredient that naturally has the flavor of cheese, along with cashew butter, and olive oil.

It can be made and served in less than 1 hour and yields a total of 4 servings. Full of flavor and a satiating meal, this beef dinner recipe is a weeknight meal winner!

Get the recipe from The Castaway Kitchen.

6. Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

AIP Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

The gluten-free autoimmune protocol diet eliminates dairy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a cheesy burger and bacon casserole! The recipe includes making dairy-free and vegan-compliant cheese sauce that requires ingredients like nutritional yeast, sweet potatoes, and coconut cream.

To make the dish, you’ll only need 30 minutes set aside, and the skillet dish will serve 6 people. Make it for your family — or, if you have a smaller household, store leftovers in the fridge to eat for lunch tomorrow!

Get the recipe from Grass Fed Salsa.

7. Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers

AIP Mini Zucchini Avocado Burgers Recipe

These mini burgers are a fantastic appetizer to serve before family dinner or bring along as a dish-to-pass for a party or gathering. They are straightforward to make as you will only need to cut the zucchini into slices, form the ground beef into small patties, and then bake them all on the same baking tray for 15 minutes.

You even have the option of making these on the stovetop. Assemble the burgers by adding the cooked patties between two slices of zucchini, add some sliced avocado, and serve!

Get the recipe from Paleo Flourish.

8. AIP Crockpot Spaghetti and Pesto Meatballs

AIP Crockpot Spaghetti and Pesto Meatballs Recipe

If you’re missing noodles for spaghetti night, try these zucchini noodles with homemade AIP pesto meatballs.

The pesto is made without pine nuts and is compliant with an autoimmune protocol diet. You’ll take the pesto and combine it with ground beef before rolling the mixture into balls and cooking in a slow cooker. When that’s finished cooking, you’ll prepare the zucchini noodles by using spiralized zucchini and cooking until the moisture has evaporated.

This is such a delicious meal that fits perfectly into a paleo and AIP diet!

Get the recipe from Healing Autoimmune.

9. Roasted Squash, Beef, and Arugula Salad

AIP Roasted Squash, Beef, and Arugula Salad Recipe

If you’ve wanted to incorporate delicata squash into your menu, try it out in this delicious fall-inspired salad! Unlike other squash varieties, delicata squash is quite popular as it’s really “no-fuss” as you can eat the rind, which means no extra time spent peeling the skin off before cooking.

This particular salad comprises multiple levels of flavor, from the spicy arugula to the squash, to the Italian-spiced ground beef, and, finally, to the bright white wine vinegar.

This would make for a perfect main dish during the fall months of the year!

Get the full recipe from Bon Aippetit.

10. AIP Sweet Potato Sliders

AIP Sweet Potato Sliders Recipe

These sliders feature ground beef patties that can be baked, grilled, or fried. The burgers sit atop baked sweet potatoes and can either be served open-faced or as a sandwich.

You can serve them plain or choose to garnish them with AIP-friendly ingredients like greens, sliced and quick-pickled red onion, and avocado slices.

They’ll take you 45 minutes to make, and we think they’d be a great appetizer addition to a fall party or gathering!

Get the recipe from Unbound Wellness.

11. AIP Bibimbap

AIP Bibimbap Recipe

This Korean-inspired Bibimbap recipe is a one-pan meal that can easily be made low-FODMAP. To make the preparation as easy as possible, you can use pre-cut vegetables, so all you’ll need to do from that point is make the sauce, cook the ground beef, cook the vegetables, and then assemble your bowl!

Be sure to review the ingredients list to ensure you only include toppings compliant with an AIP diet, like omitting the egg, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

Get the full recipe from Hurried Health Nut.

12. Nomato Bolognese

AIP Nomato Bolognese Recipe

The tomato-less “nomato” sauce in this recipe is made with fresh vegetables mixed with ground beef. This combination of ingredients yields a resulting sauce that will remind you of Bolognese while still following the guidelines of an AIP and allergy-friendly diet.

If you don’t already have nomato sauce on-hand, you’ll want to start there before preparing that before cooking the ground beef. After, you can serve and then enjoy!

Get the recipe from Bon Aippetit.

13. AIP Sloppy Joe Skillet

AIP Sloppy Joe Skillet Recipe

These sloppy joes are going to be a fan-favorite for anyone who tries them! They feature ground beef and, instead of tomato sauce, you’ll use nomato sauce that is enhanced with ingredients like coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar.

You’ll make the sloppy joes on the stovetop in a skillet and then, once prepared, can serve it on its own or atop or alongside your favorite AIP vegetables.

Get the recipe from Unbound Wellness.

14. Bacon Guac Sliders

AIP Bacon Guac Sliders Recipe

Every serving of this recipe for bacon and guacamole sliders is packed with healthy fats and nutrients. The burger patties are made with ground beef and then put on top of sliced delicata squash and garnished with bacon, avocado, and fresh cilantro.

The slider recipe can be made in 40 minutes and will yield 6 total servings. It’s the perfect flavor profile for that timeframe of summer meeting fall!

Get the recipe from The Castaway Kitchen.

15. AIP Chili Con Carne

AIP Chili Con Carne Recipe

This stovetop chili con carne recipe is made without beans, which are a legume and are not a part of an AIP diet. In their place, mushrooms are used, which are similar in texture and add both volume and flavor to the resulting dish. The chili can be served on top of mashed potatoes or on its own.

No matter how you serve it, we’re confident it will be a recipe you make on-repeat going forward!

Get the recipe from Healing Autoimmune.

The bottom line

Autoimmune protocol meals can be made complete when adding ground beef. It’s an ingredient full of nutrients, protein, and healthy fat, which will leave you full and focused after enjoying a delicious meal.

Try the recipes in this list, and then try to get creative and add ground beef recipes to other menu items in your AIP-compliant diet. We think you’ll be delighted that you did!

About the author

Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is the food blogger behind realbalanced.com, a site dedicated to sharing low-carb, keto, paleo, and primal recipes. Since 2017, Sara has shared delicious, nutritious, and allergy-friendly recipes with her thousands of blog readers and social media followers. Sara lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Ryan, and their Boston Terrier, Rowsdower.

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