Ground Beef and Kale

ground beef and kale served over mashed potatoes on a white plate.

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Healthy kale greens simmer with ground beef and tomatoes for a hearty one pan meal. Topped off with cheddar cheese and served with a Merlot for the win!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup of dry red wine
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bunch kale — 4 to 6 cups kale leaves
  • 14 1/2 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Prepare the kale: get the kale ready before you start cooking the dish. Rinse the kale, then cut away and discard the thick stems. Chop the leaves into small, bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Sauté the onions: Heat the olive on medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion, and sauté for about 5 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  3. Stir the mushrooms in with the onions. Cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms begin to sweat, then stir in the red wine. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef along with the garlic, stirring to combine well with the other ingredients. Cook for about 5 minutes until the ground beef begins to brown.
  5. Simmer with kale: gradually stir the kale into the skillet. You will probably need to add the kale in 2 or 3 batches, to give the greens a chance to cook down and make room for more. After adding the kale, stir in the tomatoes along with a pinch of salt and the red pepper flakes, if using. Cover the skillet, and simmer on medium low heat for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once or twice during this time.
  6. Finish the dish: Remove the cover from the skillet, and stir in the cheddar cheese. The dish is ready to serve with some mashed potatoes, penne pasta or on its own if you are looking for a low carb option.


  • What type of kale? Basic green kale is fine for this recipe. But we had purple kale from our local CSA farm share on hand, and used that. It has a more cabbage like flavor, and worked great in the recipe.
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