26 Delicious Ground Pork Recipes

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.

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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Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Sweet Peas and Saffron

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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Snixy Kitchen

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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Well Plated By Erin

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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The Gracious Pantry

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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