How to Cook Mince Beef

Updated July 20, 2017

Mince beef is also known as minced beef or ground beef. It is beef that has been ground or minced and can be of varying fat contents and come from different parts of the cow. The simplest way to cook minced beef is on the stove top, and then it can be added to sauces, stews or soups.

Preheat your skillet over medium high heat. When warmed, add the minced beef using a spoon or spatula to break it up into an even layer in the skillet.

Use your spatula to stir the beef around while it cooks, to ensure that it cooks evenly. Lower the heat if the beef begins to splatter.

Continue to cook the minced beef over medium heat for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until no pink remains.

Turn off the heat and use the slotted spoon to remove the beef from the skillet, setting it aside. Discard any left behind fat. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Cooked minced beef can be added to any variety of recipes, or additional seasonings added to make tacos, sloppy joes, or hearty stews. Cooked minced beef freezes really well and is great to have on hand for last minute suppers.


Always cook minced beef to an internal temperature of 73.9 degrees C. Keep all meat thoroughly refrigerated until use.

Things You'll Need

  • Minced beef
  • Large non-stick skillet
  • Spatula or large spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Salt and pepper
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J.K. Allen holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is a professional writer who has been published in a variety of media including print and online. Her secondary love of all things food led to a career as a chef, but now she's back to writing full time as a freelance author.