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How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet

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author image Shelley Frost
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.
How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Cooking ground beef in a skillet on the stove top works well. This method is relatively quick and allows you to control how browned you want the meat. The ground beef is done when all the pieces are browned, but you can continue browning the meat to get a crispy outside if desired. Ground beef cooked in a skillet is suitable for using in meat sandwiches, tacos, casseroles and other recipes that call for it.

Step 1

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Heat a large skillet on the stove top over medium-high heat.

Step 2

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Scoop clumps of the ground beef into the hot skillet. Use the spatula to break apart the clumps into smaller pieces.

Step 3

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in additional seasonings as desired, such as garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper or oregano.

Step 4

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Stir the ground beef every three to five minutes as it cooks in the skillet. Break apart the cooking meat with the spatula to get the chunks smaller if desired. Cook the ground beef for eight to 10 minutes or until no pink remains in the middle of the pieces. The USDA recommends cooking ground beef until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Tip the skillet slightly so the grease runs to one side of the pan. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the ground beef from the other side of the pan, allowing the grease to drain off as you scoop.

Step 6

How to Cook Ground Beef in a Skillet
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Lay the cooked ground beef onto paper towels to soak up the remaining fat. Pat the beef gently with another paper towel to squeeze out more grease. Continue using the ground beef as the recipe instructs.

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