There is so much you can make with ground pork. It is one of those ingredients that can be used in almost any cuisine, whether it be Asian or Italian, and just about everything in-between.
Not only is ground pork wonderfully versatile, but it is so flavorful as well (and not to mention affordable!) It features the perfect balance of fat to help it stay juicy and moist, no matter the recipe.
To help you make the most of ground pork, we have rounded up 35 of the easiest ground pork recipes, covering a whole host of different cuisines, for you to cook some of your favorites or learn to cook a few new meals!
Let’s get cookin!
These Mexican ground pork tacos are so simple to make, and can be cooked in under 30 minutes – perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
The ground pork is fried up with some onion, garlic, taco seasoning, brown sugar, tomato paste, and some orange juice for a kick, and is then placed inside charred soft corn tortillas.
To finish off the ground pork tacos, you can top them with some pico de gallo, salsa verde, pickled onions, and lettuce.
This is ideal to cook for the family after a long day of work, and you can use up different toppings you have sitting in your fridge!
This pork stir fry with broccoli is a meal that just about anyone can cook! It only takes 30 minutes to make, from prep to serving, and uses under 10 ingredients.
The ground pork is tossed around in some corn starch to help it thicken the sauce a bit and then seared on a hot pan along with the broccoli, leaving it juicy and tender.
The sauce for the stir fry is super easy to make, being a mix of minced garlic, soy sauce, and a sweetener of your choice. You can eat the broccoli and ground pork stir fry as-is for a keto diet, or spoon it over some noodles or fried rice.
Swedish meatballs are a traditional dish that not many people realize is so easy to make! The meatballs are made using ground pork, ground beef, some bread, an egg, and some seasoning.
The ground pork gives the meatballs some moisture and flavor, while the ground beef helps to bulk them up.
Once the meatballs have been shaped and baked, the meatball sauce is made using beef broth, heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings, before they are added together and served atop some mash or pasta.
You can even make the meatballs ahead of time, or freeze a few, to make weeknight dinners much simpler!
Quick and easy to make, this recipe for Vietnamese caramelized pork bowls is soon to become a favorite in your household. The caramelized pork has a beautiful blend of sweet and savory, and this is all achieved in under 30 minutes!
Forget spending your money on takeout, and instead make this delicious caramelized sauce at home, with the perfect blend of sweet, salty, tangy, and some heat!
Cook the pork mince in the sauce, add some chopped chilis and spring onion, and top it over some freshly steamed rice for the ideal midweek dinner.
Who doesn’t love a bowl of tasty ramen? If you are a ramen fan, then you absolutely have to try this gingery pork ramen recipe!
The broth holds some bright flavors from the ginger, and the Sriracha sauce gives it the perfect amount of heat.
To make the ramen a hearty meal, ground pork is fried up and added in. You could also add in some bok choy to add greenery to the meal!
Soy sauce, garlic, scallions, and the two main flavors – ginger and Sriracha, help to make the ideal broth to hold the ramen and the crispy fried ground pork. Simple, easy, and a super wholesome meal.
The family will absolutely love this parmesan baked meatball dish when you serve it for dinner during the week, and it will undoubtedly become one of your go-to easy bake dinners.
It is a simple meal, featuring homemade ground pork and ground beef meatballs baked in a rich marinara sauce, topped with parmesan and mozzarella, but it is as delicious as can be.
The baked meatballs can be topped over pasta, rice, or mash, or can be eaten as-is for a keto diet.
Whether you prepare these Asian lettuce wraps as an appetizer or a main meal, you will definitely be coming back for more.
Flavorful ground pork is wrapped around fresh and crunchy lettuce leaves, and boy do they make the perfect duo (not to mention perfect for many different diets!)
The ground pork is fried with some onions, garlic, shitake mushrooms, and water chestnuts, and cooked in a sauce made from soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, sugar, and ginger.
These Asian lettuce wraps are a guilt-free meal and are still incredibly quick and easy to prepare.
For when you want an easy breakfast, or breakfast for dinner, this ground pork sausage and potato breakfast hash is a must!
You can choose to either use sausage meat or ground pork, it’s up to you, but you simply fry up your ground pork with some seasoning, and set it aside. Then fry up your potato cubes in some oil until they are golden and tender.
You add your fried ground pork back to the pan with the potatoes, season with some salt and pepper, and that’s it – you have a deliciously easy breakfast meal ready!
Try this Asian take on meatballs using ground pork and a few other ingredients. Serve the Asian meatballs on their own as a snack, or over fried rice or vegetables for a more hearty meal.
The meatballs are incredibly flavorful, made with ground pork, garlic, soy sauce, crushed peanuts, peanut butter, brown sugar, and onion powder.
They are then cooked in a glaze made from soy sauce, vegetable oil, and peanut butter. When ready, sprinkle some green onions on top and enjoy!
10. Pork Fried Rice
This pork fried rice recipe is ideal for a few reasons – it is an affordable dish, it is great to keep leftovers for lunch the next day, it uses up any leftover rice, and it only takes 15 minutes to make!
For this recipe, you will need some leftover fried rice, some ground pork, eggs, and whichever vegetable in the fridge needs eating!
Season the fried rice with some soy sauce and some toasted sesame oil, and you have a delicious and quick meal waiting to be eaten!
Quick and easy to make, this sweet n sour cabbage stir fry has a punch of flavor, and can be enjoyed on its own or over some noodles or rice.
This meal is made up of crunchy cabbage and some browned ground pork, which is tossed together in a tasty sweet and sour sauce, and topped with some sesame seeds for a toasty flavor.
You can even add some Sriracha sauce if you want a little kick!
Chicken and beef are the usual options for burgers, but you really need to try out a juicy pork burger if you haven’t before!
These juicy ground pork burgers are so easy to make and can be ready in under 15 minutes. They are packed with flavor and are great for burger night!
One trick to keeping these burgers juicy is to add oats to the ground pork. It may sound strange, but the oats absorb the extra juices as the pork cooks so that the juices stay inside the burger and don’t leak out.
Affordable, juicy, and super flavorful, these are going to be your new favorite burgers to cook at home.
You can’t find an easier recipe than this instant pot dirty rice! The recipe uses ground pork and rice, but you can add any extra veggies you have sitting in your fridge, and tie it all together with some Cajun spices.
You simply brown the pork and the veggies in the instant pot, then add in the rice and chicken stock and allow to cook in the pressure cooker until done – it is as simple as that, and you have fewer dishes to clean too!
Take your favorite potsticker appetizer and turn it into a hearty meal, packed with flavor! Made with rice noodles, ground pork, cabbage, and a homemade rice vinegar sauce, it will be better than takeout, and much more affordable too!
Instead of keeping the dipping sauce to the side, as you would with normal potstickers, it is added straight to the noodle bowl, along with some egg, and all cooked together to produce an incredibly flavorful dish.
This sweet and spicy pork and asparagus meal is great for when you want something tasty and healthy but don’t want to put too much effort into cooking.
Ground pork and fresh chopped asparagus are sautéed together in a sweet and spicy sauce and served over freshly steamed rice, topped with sesame seeds and spring onion.
The flavors are fresh and full, and you can make the sauce as spicy as you want.
This Keto recipe is quick and healthy, and can be made in the instant pot, with little effort needed!
It is a deconstructed egg roll meal that features ground pork in an Asian sauce, coleslaw mix, bone broth, soy sauce, and seasoning. Enjoy the amazing flavors of an egg roll, but in the healthiest way possible.
Sloppy Joes will always be a family favorite, but why not try out this twist on the traditional sloppy Joe?
To make this ground pork version, you cook up some ground pork meat and some diced onions in a mix of BBQ sauce and Dr. Pepper. It is the best balance between sweet and savory, with the pork remaining juicy and tender!
18. Cuban Picadillo
This Cuban picadillo is surprisingly easy to make for a dish that offers up so much flavor and depth. It is great comfort food for the family to enjoy during the week, served on the side of rice and green vegetables.
You only need a handful of ingredients to achieve this amazing dish, including ground pork, ground beef, tomatoes, raisins, olives, green pepper, and spices.
Chances are that you have made chili before, but this recipe using ground pork will definitely become one of your go-to chili recipes!
Using ground pork to make chili just gives it such a rich, full flavor, and the fat content in the pork stops the meat from drying out, making each mouthful so full of flavor and tenderness!
Throw in some kidney and pinto beans and you have the heartiest dish you could ask for, which can be frozen for dinners during the week too.
When thinking of a vindaloo, your mind does not automatically go to ground pork, but it is definitely something that needs to be on your to-try list!
This vindaloo is made in an instant pot, and features ground pork and potatoes, and a blend of spices to give it that authentic Indian taste.
It is filling, flavorful, and perfectly spicy for the whole family to enjoy.
Using lemongrass in a dish adds such a fresh taste, and paired with ground pork, chilies, cloves, brown sugar, soy sauce, and fish sauce, it makes for the ideal pork bowl!
All of the fresh and spicy flavors work so well together to form a well-balanced dish that is perfect served over some freshly steamed rice, topped with chopped cilantro.
Trade the chilies out for some bell peppers if you want to tone down the heat slightly!
This is a great dish for those who love Chinese food but want to avoid too much spice in their meal.
The tofu and ground pork are cooked together and flavored with some Shaohsing cooking wine, some oyster sauce, ginger, and garlic. Once cooked, the stir fry can be topped with some chopped scallions.
You eat the stir fry as is – and you don’t need any extra rice or noodles to complete the dish!
You can’t find an easier recipe to make than this!
You can cook this casserole in the instant pot or pressure cooker, pretty much leaving the appliance to do all of the work for you. It is also the perfect recipe to use up any leftover vegetables in the fridge.
All you need to do is prepare the ingredients, brown the ground pork, onions, and celery, and then throw everything else into the pot and switch it on to cook! The result is a hearty ground pork casserole that everyone will enjoy.
Pork and apple have always been a wonderful pairing, and together, they can make for a really delicious pie.
The ground pork is fried and prepared with some other ingredients, such as onions, chicken broth, and breadcrumbs, and then placed into a pastry-lined pie dish, topped with sliced apples sprinkled with sugar and allspice, and then topped with the final pastry layer.
The savory pork and sweet apple make for the perfect pie, and it is a great dish to prepare on a lazy Sunday afternoon!
These Vietnamese pork patties will be a hit with everyone in the family, including fussy kids! They are also the perfect daytime snack for little ones who are picky about what they eat.
The tender ground pork, along with the delicious Asian flavors, is easy for kids to eat, and the sweet and savory flavors will definitely win them over.
Pan-frying the patties also give them a caramelization on the outside, which adds depth to the flavor.
You can cook up a whole batch of these pork patties, and stash some away in the freezer to keep as quick lunches or dinners.
Made with ground pork and tofu, this traditional Taiwanese dish is flavored predominantly with five spice and soy sauce, which work so well together.
The dish has a very unique flavor, but one that you need to make at home and try yourself to truly understand how delicious it not only tastes but smells too.
Once cooked, the braised ground pork is topped on freshly steamed fried rice.
This healthy pork casserole is a twist on the traditional casserole that most of us are used to. It features regular and sweet potato noodles, ground pork, aromatic onions, and a savory sauce that hits the mark.
It is packed full of healthy vegetables and ingredients, as well as ground pork which adds a rich flavor and moisture to the dish.
Once you have prepared all the vegetables and ground pork, you bake them together in a casserole dish and pour the sauce over the casserole once it is all cooked. That’s it!
28. Pork Zuppa
This rich Italian soup is made using potatoes and ground pork and can be cooked easily in the slow cooker, allowing it time throughout the day to develop deep and amazing flavors, and for the meat to be tender and soft when it is time to eat.
The soup is rich and hearty, and can be left to cook on its own!
If you don’t feel like washing up too many dishes after dinner, this ground pork skillet is a great choice.
Ground pork is cooked in a skillet with some zucchini, onions, a can of tomato, some Italian seasoning, and penne pasta, to create a delicious pasta skillet dish that is ready in next to no time, with little effort!
Enjoying pork dumplings doesn’t have to be saved only for when you visit a Chinese restaurant, use this easy recipe to make some at home!
These pork dumplings are stuffed with ground pork and some fresh veggies, and then pan-fried and steamed to be wonderfully crispy on the outside, but juicy, tender and flavorful on the inside!
These meatballs use a mixture of ground pork and ground beef, for a rich and tender finish. Once made, they can be topped with homemade tzatziki sauce, made using Greek yogurt and shredded cucumber, and enjoyed wrapped inside pita bread.
The flavor of the meatballs and the refreshing tzatziki really just work together so well and make for an ideal lunch or dinner.
This creamy garlic pork and spinach dish is a one-pot meal that is simple and quick to make. It combines butternut squash, cinnamon, herbs, and ground pork to make a wholesome and healthy meal. Coconut milk and tapioca starch add the thick creaminess that makes this dish so decadent.
Simple herbs such as cinnamon, dried oregano, and thyme are used to add flavor and depth to the dish.
This breakfast casserole is perfect to make if you are catering for a large group of people, or if you want to meal prep breakfast portions to enjoy during the week.
Ground pork, sweet potato, mushrooms, onion, kale, and red bell peppers are flavored with chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and oregano, before being covered in egg in a casserole dish and baked, creating the perfect casserole and quiche hybrid to tuck into.
The pork sausage meat can be swapped out for regular ground pork in this recipe, cooked in a rich and flavorful ragu sauce. Once cooked, the sausage ragu is topped over creamy polenta, which is also surprisingly simple to cook as well!
This is a wholesome meal that features some great flavors and textures while being super simple to prepare during the week.
35. Banh Mi Bowl
If you enjoy banh mi sandwiches but are looking for a healthier alternative, then you must try these banh mi bowls!
Cauliflower rice is topped with fresh veggies, sticky-sweet ground pork, and a very simple, yet delicious, Sriracha mayo.
It is as healthy as can be and really does hold the traditional banh mi flavors you love.
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