Ground beef may be a staple, but it doesn't have to be basic, as these five recipes prove.

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Baked Ziti with Beef & Wild Mushroom Ragu

baked ziti with beef and wild mushroom ragu
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Thai Beef Skewers with Basil Salad

thai beef skewers with basil salad
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Roasted Eggplant with Beef & Tahini Sauce

roasted eggplant with beef and tahini sauce
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Curried Beef & Red Lentil Soup

curried beef and red lentil soup
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

Chipotle Beef & Chickpea Tacos with Pico de Gallo

chipotle beef and chickpea tacos with pico de gallo
Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

"I usually go for 80 percent lean. I think that's the magic number for ground beef." —Rach