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Stretch That High Priced Ground Beef With This Easy Tip

A pound of ground beef sits on a wooden cutting board.
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Groceries are expensive, but you didn’t us to tell you that. Arguably, ground beef is one of the priciest items, but there is a way to get the most bang for your buck.

Using filler ingredients is a great way to make your beef stretch. They won’t affect the flavor of your dish and might, in fact, bolster it.

What are filler ingredients exactly? The name doesn’t exactly sound appetizing. Essentially, they’re foods that pair well with your ground beef recipe that can bulk up the dish and cut down on the amount of meat you use.

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For example, if you’re making tacos or burritos, reducing the amount of meat you’re using but adding black beans can keep your dish just as filling and delicious. For meatloaf and burgers, breadcrumbs and vegetables like onions and bell peppers are good options.

Since many of these filler ingredients are less expensive than ground beef, you can save money on your grocery bill by freezing any meat you don’t use and rolling it over into your next meal.

If you’ve been on the hunt for a way to save money on groceries, you might want to consider grabbing a few black beans.

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