26 Delicious Ground Pork Recipes (2024)


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By Alexia Dellner

Published Apr 22, 2020

Pork chops, we love you. And we’ll never turn down a pulled pork sandwich. But sometimes, we need to shake things up with something that’s a little more versatile. Hello, quick and easy ground pork recipes. From meatballs and dumplings to soups and tacos, here are 26 ways to transform that pound of meat in the fridge.


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1. Pork Dumplings

These little parcels look impressive, but they’re actually a cinch to make. The trick is to use store-bought wrappers and keep the assembly simple (just fold each dumpling into a triangle). Don’t forget the spicy-sweet dipping sauce on the side.

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2. Sticky Asian Meatballs With Udon Noodles

We love spaghetti and meatballs, but sometimes you need to take things up a notch. Voilà, a flavor-packed recipe with sliced scallions, sesame seeds and carrot furls. (We won’t judge if you post it to the ’Gram before eating.)

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3. Egg Roll Soup

We’ll eat this egg roll soup any day of the week, especially when it's this easy to make. (Oh, and did we mention that it makes great leftovers?)

4. Szechuan Noodles With Sesame Chili Oil

These sticky and spicy noodles can be made with ground chicken or pork. And the best part? You can whip up this Chinese-inspired dish faster than you can order takeout.

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5. Lasagna Soup

Two of our favorite things in one delicious bowl. Made with ground beef, pork or Italian sausage and a lot of cheese.

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6. 20-minute Paleo Egg Roll Bowls

There’s no need to skimp on flavor (or spend hours slaving away over the stove) just because you’re following a special diet. Case in point: This bowl of saucy, savory deliciousness.

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7. Sheet Pan Stuffing With Delicata Squash, Fennel And Rosemary Sausage

Don’t wait for a holiday or celebration to whip up this crispy stuffing recipe, courtesy of Coterie member Phoebe Lapine.

8. Swedish Meatballs With Mashed Potatoes

These tasty bites are made the traditional way with a mixture of ground pork and beef. The cream sauce on top is also customary—and totally delicious.

9. Wonton Soup

Stuffing these flavorful parcels with pork, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, green onions and mushrooms is a little tricky, but so worth it. And once they’re assembled, you can freeze them for later or plop them straight into the aromatic broth.

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10. Perfect Meatballs With Cherry Tomato Sauce

These guys freeze well, so make a double batch and you’ll never have to worry about what to serve unexpected dinner guests again. Just keep a box of pasta or polenta in the cupboard for serving and you’re good to go.

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11. Larb Moo (isaan-style Minced Pork Salad)

Larb is a ground meat salad from Thailand that somehow manages to be sweet, sour, spicy and salty, all at the same time. Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp stuffs her version in a lettuce leaf for an easy, portable dish.

12. Pork Banh Mi Burger

The popular Vietnamese sandwich, in burger form. Don’t skimp on the Sriracha mayo (or the pickled vegetables).

13. Gluten-free Pork Patty Waffle Sandwich

Shh, the waffles are store-bought. All you have to do in order to enjoy this decadent sandwich is make the pork patties and fry an egg.

14. Pork And Kimchi Potstickers

The fermented vegetables give every bite a refreshing crunch and are a great accompaniment to the spicy pork filling. Tip: Make a double batch and freeze any extras.

15. Queso Fundido

This Mexican dish means “melted cheese” in Spanish, aka our favorite thing. Two different types of cheese are mixed with spicy pork chorizo and green chiles before going into the oven until bubbly, then topped with fresh pico de gallo. Pass the chips.

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16. 15-minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Just as good as your favorite Thai takeout, but on your table in half the time it takes to order delivery. And before you ask, there are no special trips to the international grocery store required.

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17. Pork Fried Rice

If you thought you could only make this dish with chicken, think again. Feel free to add in whatever veggies you have lying around—and don’t forget the scrambled egg.

18. Breakfast Casserole With Sausage And Cheese

A gluten-free and keto diet-friendly way to start the day that’s made with just six ingredients. (But feel free to bulk it out with some extra vegetables.)


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19. Low-carb Keto-friendly Piri Piri Pork Meatballs

Beautiful, easy to make and bursting with flavor, pork meatballs should definitely be your new dinner-party hack.

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20. Lemongrass Thai Ground Pork Stir-fry

Tip: Stashing a pack of ground pork in your freezer is a great move for quick weeknight keto meals.

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21. Pork And Shrimp Dumplings

Not only are these guys delicious, but they also freeze fabulously—so you can have dumplings ready to go for last-minute meals.

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22. Lasagna Bolognese With Béchamel

Layer and layers of cheesy goodness. What more could you ask for? (This is a rhetorical question.)

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23. Thai Pork Salad

The textures! The fresh herbs! We're having seconds. (And maybe thirds.)

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24. Pumpkin And Pork Cheesy Stuffed Shells

This cheese-filled dish has all of the warm, comforting flavors of fall—but we recommend making it all year round.

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25. Whole30 Breakfast Casserole

Looking for a hearty and healthy brunch dish? This casserole is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and Whole30-approved, but won't leave you feeling hungry afterwards.

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26. Pork Burgers

Add balsamic vinegar and a handful of spices to ground pork and you've got yourself a ridiculously easy (and incredibly flavorful) burger recipe.


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26 Delicious Ground Pork Recipes (2024)


What is the best pork for ground pork? ›

Fresh ground pork is also best from the shoulder. The loin is the animal's back muscle from the hip to the shoulder. The loin includes some of the most tender and popular cuts. Center cut chops are from the middle of the loin and include rib and loin cuts.

How do you make ground pork taste like beef? ›

Marinades and Rubs: Marinating pork in a mixture of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or even beef broth can add savory and umami flavors that are often associated with beef.

Is ground pork the same as ground pork sausage? ›

Ground pork is fresh pork that has been pre-ground and packaged for easy preparation in a variety of dishes — including patties, meatballs, or crumbles. Ground pork sausage looks almost identical to ground pork. But it's been pre-seasoned prior to packaging.

What is the difference between lean ground pork and ground pork? ›

Regular ground pork has a 70/30 meat to fat ratio while lean ground pork has a 90/10 meat to fat ratio.

Is ground pork better for you than beef? ›

Both pork and beef are high in proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. However, beef tends to have more calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol than pork. Pork may be a better choice, then, if you're trying to manage your blood cholesterol levels.

How long should ground pork be cooked? ›

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Add the seasoned ground pork to the skillet, breaking it up with a spatula. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is fully cooked and nicely browned. Use the cooked ground pork in various dishes or enjoy it on its own!

What makes pork taste better? ›

Consider Brining

While a simple brine of water and salt will do the trick, you can also use the brining stage to impart extra flavor with sugar and seasonings. Just be careful not to brine too long (two to four hours should do the trick) and rinse the pork before cooking.

What makes pork taste so good? ›

Pork in general is a fatty meat, the most flavorful cuts are rich in fat, the cheaper cuts as a rule, the shoulder, the “butt” the picnic are all good to slow cook and they taste oily or fatty and rich. The loin and tender loin are very lean and will be dry if not cooked properly.

How do you get the gamey taste out of ground pork? ›

Simply mix 1 cup of vinegar with enough cold water to fully submerge the pork (1 cup per quart,) then let it soak overnight in the refrigerator. As the meat soaks, the acidity of the vinegar will re-develop the flavor and tenderize it.

Are brats just ground pork? ›

A bratwurst is a type of German sausage that is generally made with pork, beef, or veal. It's most commonly made with pork. I don't speak German, but according to the always correct Wikipedia, brat means finely chopped meat, and wurst means sausage.

Is ground pork healthy? ›

Nutritionally, pork possesses a wide range of essential nutrients like energizing B vitamins, choline for developing babies, and iron for healthy red blood cells. A 3-ounce serving of lean pork is loaded with protein and low in fat. Eating lean pork daily can be a part of a well-balanced, high-nutrient diet.

Which is healthier ground turkey or ground pork? ›

For the most part, turkey is one of the healthiest meat options available. It's very similar to skinless chicken in terms of its healthy nutritional properties. Both are sources of low-fat, heart-healthy meats. Lean options — like turkey — are always a healthier choice than red meats.

Why is ground pork so cheap? ›

Pigs reproduce quickly and have large litters of piglets. Since they eat like pigs they gain weight fast. So once the profit is taken from the bacon and other prime pork cuts, the ground pork also needs to be sold so the price is lowered.

Why is ground pork cheaper than beef? ›

In addition, pigs' lower transportation costs contribute to the lower price. Pork is also cheaper because the majority of the carcass can be used. All parts of pigs can be converted to different kinds of meat, such as ham, bacon and sausage.

Does ground pork taste like beef? ›

Ground beef tends to be more traditional and typically results in a heartier, beefy flavor, while ground pork can add a bit more tenderness and moisture to the meatballs. Some recipes even use a combination of both ground beef and ground pork for a well-rounded flavor profile.

Can you use pork shoulder for ground pork? ›

Ground pork is generally made from pork shoulder or pork butt and sometimes includes some pork loin. Supermarkets or butchers often label it with its fat percentage, similar to the way you'll see ground beef packaged.

Can you make ground pork with pork shoulder? ›

But humble ground pork is a star ingredient in its own right—and it can do more than you probably think. Anything ground beef or turkey can do, ground pork can do better. Generally made of ground pork shoulder and trimmings from other parts of the pig, it's often less expensive than beef, too.

Is pork tenderloin good for ground pork? ›

*To make ground pork tenderloin, trim a pork tenderloin, slice it into chunks, and use a food processor to pulse the pork 6-8 times until you reach your desired grind. You can also use a meat grinder or knife as seen in my homemade ground chicken guide.

Can I use pork tenderloin for ground pork? ›

Making homemade ground pork tenderloin could save a whopping 64 grams of fat and 576 calories per pound when substituted for 80% lean ground pork.


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