Ground Beef Stroganoff: Delicious Every Day Fare

Joli Selten-Forbes | Joli Selten-Forbes

Making this old-world recipe in a budget-conscious way - using fresh herbs, bacon fat and ground beef - brings a wintery comfort food classic home to the family. Ground beef stroganoff could be your new favorite winter meal.

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Beef Stroganoff was originally a Russian recipe that has found its way into the hearts of most cultures around the world. It is simple, hearty and full of rich flavor - the perfect equation for winter comfort food!

Using ground beef instead of steak strips makes this recipe a bit less temperamental (no fear of overcooking thin steak strips which I know from lame experience can get quite chewy!). Ground beef also makes this recipe a bit more “every day fare” because American’s quite often have ground beef stored away in the freezer somewhere, whereas steak strips would require a trip to the store.  

And bacon seems to be all the rage lately; so using bacon fat instead of butter gives the dish a unique richness and an even meatier flare. As long as you properly store your bacon fat, it is a wonderful way to use every bit of our food which helps us stay on budget.

Part of being “conscious” in the kitchen, is using every bit and wasting nothing. So, in the Mama Love Grub kitchen, when we cook bacon, we strain the grease into a glass jar. After letting it cool, we cap the jar and it will stay good in the fridge for a couple months. (It’s the bacon bits that would cause the solid grease to turn rancid after time… so be sure to strain it as best you can before storing it.)

Ground Beef Stroganoff Picture

Old southern cooks might tell you that stored bacon grease never goes bad, but I would image they might use it faster than I might here on the “health-conscious left coast” …  so just be sensible and use up what you got!

I found egg noodles in the bulk bin of my health food store. I believe the store had actually made them from scratch which made me feel even better… they seem not so processed that way. Plus they were on sale so that was a double bonus!

My mom used to make this recipe for me, and now I make it for my kids. I hope you enjoy!

Looking for more comfort food classics? Try on these roasted potatoes for size, or some of Shelly's crock pot pulled chicken.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 2 ounces Ground Beef, grass fed
  • 2-3 teaspoons Bacon Fat, or cooking oil of your choice (but bacon makes it better!)
  • 1/4 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 Portabella Mushroom, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Cilantro, broken by hand into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dill
  • dash Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Beef Broth, organic
  • 1 can Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 tablespoon Sour Cream
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • 16 ounces Wide Egg Noodles, cooked (2 cups)
  • Fresh Parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Sauté ground beef in bacon grease for approx. 5 minutes.
  2. Break apart into tiny pieces.
  3. Add onion, mushroom and garlic, and continue stirring and sautéing for approximately 8 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Once the beef is fully cooked add the beef broth and can of Cream of Mushroom soup and stir.
  6. Add chopped cilantro, thyme and dill and stir a bit more.
  7. Stir in the sour cream thoroughly.
  8. Reduce heat to lowest setting and cover for 1.5 minutes or so then add the cooked noodles.
  9. Stir and serve immediately for best flavor.


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Joli Selten-Forbes

About Joli

Joli is passionate about feeding people local to her in Los Angeles through her catering company, Mama Love Grub - especially food that's good for the soul and heart. That's why we're so glad to have her as a Gluten Free Fanatic!