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Best Ever Ground Beef Stroganoff

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Ground Beef Stroganoff is a classic family dish that is full of flavor thanks to the chopped cremini mushrooms, garlic and Worcestershire sauce! Our version uses ground beef to make it a budget friendly meal that can be made any night of the week in just 20 minutes. 

Here is a classic dish made simple (you don’t have to use fancy beef to get the same flavor in my stroganoff)! Although it may look super decadent (and by that we all know I mean fattening) I promise you it isn’t!

In fact, the worst thing in it is the sour cream and you can choose which percentage you want to use to adjust to your taste and lifestyle. *Side note…did you know they make a lactose free sour cream?! My hubby discovered it for me when he went to grab the ingredients to make this dish! Yay!!*

Anyway…all you need is a few ingredients and 20 minutes of your time and you will have this gorgeously yummy dish on your table and in your tummy!

And if you’re looking for a Chicken dinner for tonight instead that can be ready in 30 minutes why not try our Lemon Chicken Piccata or how about a tasty Moroccan Chicken Stew!?

Beef Stroganoff cooking in large skillet

Family meal everyone loves

We are fond of quick weeknight meals in our house and our stroganoff recipe is one I turn to time and time again when I am stuck on what to make for dinner.

I love the versatility of the dish; I can use any kind of mushroom (we’ve even had readers use canned ones!) and even if my ground beef is still slightly frozen I know I can start it in the pan and within a couple of minutes it will be ready to go.

Technically speaking you serve ground beef stroganoff with egg noodles, but we have also served us over rice and even couscous. Be creative with your version, do what your family loves and you know will devour.

This is even a dish you can serve to your in-laws or when you are having a dinner party with a nice crusty bread that will leave your guests licking their lips for more. It is so incredibly easy to make and I know you are going to love it too!

Ground Beef Stroganoff in white dish with cremini mushrooms blurred behind


Can I use ground chicken in my stroganoff?

Of course you can! In fact, ground chicken and ground turkey would take this dish to a whole other flavor level. Your cooking instructions are the same, keep in mind you want to make sure you cook your ground chicken thoroughly. Instead of serving with egg noodles why not try it as a Chicken Stroganoff with Basmatti Rice instead?

Is there a vegetarian option for stroganoff?

We are huge fans of making our favorite comfort foods into vegetarian dupes – for this I would totally do it with lentils, which will give you the flavor and texture of the beef without the meat! Now with this I would suggest changing how you cook it just a little bit to ensure that your lentils aren’t mushy. Instead of u0022browningu0022 the lentils like you would the beef I would wait and add them in Step 3 once the sauce has been created.

Can you make beef stroganoff the day before?

Yes!!! In fact, if you are meal prepping I would suggest making your stroganoff the day before as the flavors get even better as it sits. Keep in mind that when reheating your sour cream may separate a little bit so you can hold off on adding it in until you are ready to serve the dish. Also, if making with egg noodles then you will boil those right before serving as I find they can get stuck together if made in advance. We have even made the entire dish and froze portions in ziploc bags for later dinners and it was INCREDIBLE!

What kind of beef is used for beef stroganoff?

In the traditional method for beef stroganoff it calls for strips of beef (either sirloin or beef tenderloin) but we have been using ground beef in our version for over a decade and it tastes just as good! Bonus points for how quick and easy it is to make with ground beef, not to mention the savings on the meat, making it a budget friendly meal

What do you serve beef stroganoff with?

Typically it is served with egg noodles, or some type of pasta but as I mentioned we have done ours with both rice and couscous. You can also serve it over a bed of mashed potatoes, which would soak up all the delicious sauce. As far as other sides, we like to serve ours with green beans, broccoli or a nice salad and of course some crusty bread for dipping.

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When making your Ground Beef Stroganoff it is important to have a large, sturdy bottomed pan – since it is a one pan meal you want to make sure it can hold all the goodness without spilling over!

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Yield: 6

20 Minute Ground Beef Stroganoff

Ground Beef Stroganoff in white dish with cremini mushrooms blurred behind

Full of chopped cremini mushrooms, garlic and Worcestershire sauce served atop egg noodles, using ground beef to make it a budget friendly meal that can be made any night of the week in just 20 minutes. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 c fresh mushrooms, I use cremini, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 c margarine, you can use butter if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 c beef broth, I use the boulion cubes and mix with water ahead of time!
  • 2-3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • this is really to your own preference...we LOVE it so we always add more!
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c sour cream
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pkg egg noodles cooked and drained


  1. Cook mushrooms and onions in the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally and add garlic when onions are just tender. Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl for later.
  2. Cook your ground beef in the same pan until fully browned (about 7 mins). Stir in 1c of the broth along with salt and the worcestershire sauce. Allow this to come to a boil before turning down the heat and simmering (covered) for 10 mins.
  3. Stir your remaining broth with the flour to create a liquid paste and add to beef mixture. Add your onion mixture back in and heat to a boil, stirring constantly (you will see it thicken). Stir in your sour cream until just heated.
  4. Serve over egg noodles and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 582mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

*Please note that nutritional values are not always 100% accurate and are to be used as a guide.

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Wednesday 20th of December 2023

Made this using Lean Venison burger, turned out nice

Oliv Blogger

Friday 22nd of December 2023

That sounds like a delicious substitute!! Glad it was enjoyed!

E M Burchfield

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

We made this tonight & we loved it. I added some baby spinach because we love it!

Oliv Blogger

Friday 2nd of July 2021

I am so happy you like this easy Beef Stroganoff!! The addition of spinach sounds delicious, I will have to try it next time. - Melissa

Barb Grealey

Sunday 8th of September 2019

Made this tonite and it was delicious! Very easy to do and great flavour. Definitely putting this on my go to list. Thanks!


Sunday 8th of September 2019

So happy you guys loved it!!! ♥️

paul holt

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

Surprised there is no Paprika and even mustard powder.


Friday 24th of August 2018

You can definitely add it in to suit your tastes, that's one thing I love about this recipe!

Lauren White

Friday 23rd of September 2016

So tasty! My husband would really love this recipe!

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