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16+ Healthy Ground Meat Recipes (Paleo, AIP-friendly)

4.82 from 16 votes

What’s Inside: Ground meat is an easy and budget-friendly way to incorporate more protein into your diet, especially when complying with Paleo and AIP diets. This post includes a roundup of Easy Paleo and AIP-friendly Healthy Ground Meat Recipes using various types of animal protein, including chicken, beef, and pork!

Easy AIP Paleo Healthy Ground Meat Recipes

My Favorite Healthy Ground Meat Recipes

In case you didn’t know, I really like you. So much, in fact, that I’ve rounded up 16+ of my favorite Easy AIP Paleo Ground Meat Recipes here for you all in one convenient post. (You’re welcome, my dears!)

I love cooking with ground meat because it’s easy and allows you to get creative with how you prepare it. It’s also an easy way to add protein to most meals and makes meal prep a breeze! My tip is to opt for sustainably raised meats whenever you can, such as free-range and pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed, grass-finished meats. Apart from being ethically raised and butchered, they’re more nutritious and packed with healthy fats.


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I hope you use this as a guide for finger-lickin’-good animal protein-based recipes the whole family will love, as well as meat dishes that are healthy and nutritious for your unique dietary needs. These are the recommended ground meats to use by flavor, texture, and fat profile. Whether you’re craving taco bowls with ground chicken, dim sum cabbage rolls with ground turkey, Instant Pot Paleo Chili with ground beef, or a Creamy Sausage Potato Soup, the gang’s all here!

For most recipes that call for ground meat, the protein is interchangeable with your preferred meat or even mixed half and half with other meat. Take, for example, Italian meatballs. They’re often a mix of ground beef and ground pork. This offers a nice marriage of flavors and textures. You can swap the ground meat around in any of these recipes depending on your preference or what you have in your freezer!

Follow each recipe to learn how to make easy and delicious AIP and Paleo ground meat recipes at home. Enjoy!

Ground Chicken

Ground chicken is a leaner, poultry-based meat that can be swapped with ground red meat like beef or bison. It’s also relatively inexpensive. Happy chickens make for happy ground meat, so you want to look for labels that say the meat is free-range, pasture-raised, and organic when possible. (Just like you would for eggs!)

Chicken Florentine Bone Broth Soup

4.95 from 17 votes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Chicken Florentine Bone Broth Soup (AIP, Paleo) via Food by Mars
This deliciously rich soup made from chicken bone broth has major health benefits and provides major depth and taste in this dish! Simple enough to make on a weeknight, thanks to the added convenience using bone broth provides. (AIP, PALEO, WHOLE30)
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25-minute Zesty Ground Chicken Taco Salad (NOT spicy!)

4.62 from 42 votes
Total Time: 25 minutes
how to make paleo ground chicken taco salad recipe
This Paleo Ground Chicken Taco Salad recipe is easy to make, packed with nutritious ingredients, and takes bland ground chicken to a super delicious meal. Plus, it’s simple with minimal ingredients and it’s Whole30 and AIP-friendly.
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Ground Turkey

Ground turkey is another awesome poultry option for lean ground meat. It’s great because it’ll easily take on any flavor you cook with it, so my tip is to have fun with dried and fresh herbs and seasonings. Since it’s lean, it’s not very fatty, so a little more cooking oil may need to be used when you sub it for a dish with fattier meat like pork or beef.

Dim Sum Paleo Cabbage Rolls

4.63 from 45 votes
Total Time: 45 minutes
dim sum paleo cabbage rolls via food by mars
A Paleo stuffed cabbage rolls recipe that uses steamed cabbage leaves = nature's gluten-free dumplings! Dip these in my tasty soy-free sauce for all the UMAMI power — Dim Sum style.
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AIP Greek Turkey Sliders w/ Avocado Tzatziki & Carrot Fries

4.17 from 6 votes
Total Time: 50 minutes
AIP Greek Sliders with Avocado Tzatziki and Carrot Fries (paleo, AIP, Whole30-friendly) via Food by Mars
An easy, flavorful Greek-inspired turkey slider recipe featuring Kalamata olives and Avocado Tzatziki to take bland ground turkey to flavor-town! Use my AIP English Muffin as buns or use a lettuce wrap and serve along side crispy baked carrot fries.
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Ground Beef and Bison

Ground beef and bison are some of my favorite ground meats to cook with – high in protein, in flavor, and it’s grass-fed and grass-finished, it’s way more nutrient-dense. Whenever I cook with beef or bison, I like to prepare it in a way that really shines through in both flavor and texture. These recipes accomplish that!

Instant Pot Paleo Chili (No Tomatoes, AIP)

4.68 from 76 votes
AIP Paleo Chili (no tomatoes) in a bowl with avocado and coconut yogurt toppings
This cozy and comforting Paleo chili recipe is filled with ground meat, and a ton of veggies to fill your belly. It’s a Whole30-friendly chili, and AIP compliant too with no tomatoes and no beans. This great Paleo meal prep recipe is easily made in an Instant Pot, slow cooker or stovetop.
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Ridiculously Delicious Eggless Meatball (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

4.47 from 58 votes
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These easy meatballs are eggless made without breadcrumbs and are Paleo, Whole30, and AIP-friendly!
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Puerto Rican Picadillo with Plantain “Rice” (Paleo, Whole30, AIP-friendly, Low FODMAP-friendly)

4.46 from 11 votes
Puerto Rican Picadillo with Plantain Rice (Paleo, AIP-friendly, Whole30, Low FODMAP-friendly) via Food by Mars
This Puerto Rican Hash is filled with delicious spices, sweet raisins and salty and briny olives making for a mega-flavorful dish! It’s traditionally served over white rice, but I was in the mood for plantains… so this dish has PLANTAIN RICE instead. 
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Zucchini Noodle Baked Ziti with Romesco

4.69 from 16 votes
Total Time: 1 hour
Made with zucchini noodles, ground beef, a creamy dairy-free cashew sauce, and homemade red pepper romesco, this comforting zoodle recipe is nutrient-dense, flavorful, and gluten-free! It's also Whole30 compliant dinner casserole, and Paleo-friendly, too!
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Paleo Greek Meatballs

4 from 32 votes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Paleo Greek Meatballs via Food by Mars (AIP, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free)
Easy gluten-free meatballs that are also Paleo and AIP-friendly. They pack a punch of herbs and FLAVOR! Without the potential allergens! You will love this for a Sunday meatball recipe and it's great for meal prep, too.
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Easy Meatballs & Grain-free Pesto Risotto

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Total Time: 40 minutes
A simple meal that cooks in just about 30 minutes, packed full of flavor and textures while being easy to digest. Using miracle rice (shirataki) makes this grain-free. Try this for a fast weeknight dinner!  (AIP, Paleo, Low FODMAP friendly)
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Ground Lamb

By now, you probably know my husband is Greek, so we enjoy eating lamb on the regular. These are some of my favorite Greek lamb recipes that do a great job of showcasing this delicious ingredient. If you’re new to lamb, you’ll notice a new taste for sure, and you’ll probably love it!

Fast Instant Pot Greek Spaghetti (Gluten-free)

4.47 from 28 votes
Total Time: 25 minutes
how to make instant pot greek spaghetti recipe
This Instant Pot Greek Spaghetti recipe is easy to make and comes together in just minutes thanks to the pressure cooker. Plus its gluten-free, Paleo, and AIP-friendly!
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Paleo Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio (Greek Baked Ziti w/ Bechamel Sauce)

4.27 from 67 votes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Paleo Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio (Greek Baked Ziti w/ Dairy-free Bechamel) dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, AIP-friendly via Food by Mars
This dreamy favorite is getting a dairy-, gluten-, grain-free makeover. Spaghetti squash makes for a low carb “pasta” dish and the cauliflower bechamel just might fool you!! (AIP-friendly)
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Paleo Moussaka

4.13 from 73 votes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Paleo Moussaka (Greek Eggplant Casserole) - gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, Whole30 via foodbymars
Layers of delish eggplant, meat, and a dairy-free bechamel make a dreamy Greek Moussaka (casserole) dish that is perfect for meal prep!
(Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free)
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Ground Pork

Ground pork is classic in certain dishes! It’s also perfect for combining your ground meats, to add some more flavor or fat like with classic Italian meatballs (they’re usually 1/2 ground pork and 1/2 beef). Even better, depending on what you season it with, you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Breakfast sausage, anyone?

Paleo Dirty Pumpkin & Sage Risotto (AIP)

5 from 8 votes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Paleo Dirty Pumpkin & Sage Risotto (AIP, Grain-free, Gluten-free) via Food by Mars
[AIP, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nightshade-free]  This dreamy and creamy dish has no dairy or grains but will fool anyone! The added ground meat makes this a “dirty” risotto for a well-balanced meal.
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20-minute Healthy Egg Roll Skillet (Soy-free!)

4.75 from 27 votes
Total Time: 20 minutes
homemade egg roll skillet recipe
This Egg Roll Skillet Recipe takes just 20-minutes and delivers on what you love about Chinese takeout, but it's Paleo, Whole30, and AIP.
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Easy Oven-Baked Breakfast Sausage Patties (Paleo, AIP-friendly, Whole30)

4.58 from 35 votes
Total Time: 30 minutes
homemade baked breakfast sausage patties recipe paleo sausage patties
This baked breakfast sausage patties recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes from start to finish and only requires 8 ingredients! Perfect for an early weekday breakfast or a late weekend brunch.
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Creamy Dairy-free Sausage and Potato Soup (Whole30 AIP, Paleo)

4.24 from 273 votes
Total Time: 40 minutes
creamy sausage potato soup
This creamy sausage potato soup is ready in 30 minutes or less and is deceptively decadent for being dairy-free, Paleo, and AIP-friendly.
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16+ Healthy Ground Meat Recipes: Egg Roll Skillet (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

4.82 from 16 votes
One of my favorite go-to, no-fuss, delicious ground meat recipes! It's gluten-free, paleo, AIP, and Whole30-friendly. Read the full post for more Easy AIP and Paleo Ground Meat Recipes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste (Omit pepper for AIP)
  • 1 lb ground pork (or a mix of ground pork and ground beef)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 oz. coleslaw mix with shredded cabbage and carrots (1 package)
  • 1/2 cup scallions roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp fish sauce (optional, I recommend Red Boat brand)
  • 4-5 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil (omit for AIP)


  • Heat a large sauté pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Saute cauliflower rice for 3-5 minutes until tender and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
  • Transfer cooked cauliflower rice to serving plates or bowls.
  • Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan, and add ground meat, ground ginger, and garlic powder, breaking up the meat with seasonings with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • Cook well until you don't see any more raw meat (approx. 10 mins).
  • Add the coleslaw mix (you can do it in batches as it cooks down if you need to), stir around and cover for just a few minutes so the veggies get soft and wilt. Then add in the chopped scallions and season more to taste with any of the seasonings. Add fish sauce and stir.
  • Turn the heat off and drizzle coconut aminos and toasted sesame oil over the meat and veggies, mix it well. Serve the meat and veggies over cauliflower rice and optionally garnish with more scallions.
Diet: Chinese
Keywords: AIP, paleo, whole30
-Alison Marras
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  1. These are such wholesome ground beef recommendations! Love how I can use them for any day of the week. It’s such a budget-friendly protein too!

  2. These meals all sound so fresh and delicious! What a great reminder of the many ways to prepare ground meat.

  3. This Bowl sounds healthy and delicious. I definitely need to give this a go. Weekend sounds exciting.

  4. What an amazing roundup of healthy ground meat recipes. Thank you for this. There are so many on this list that I can’t wait to try!

  5. Oh wow! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes. They all look so delicious and I’m so glad I can share these with my family! Excited to make some of these!

  6. I always keep ground meat on hand for easy dinners, and I keep coming back to these delicious recipes for ideas. The ground chicken taco salad with pineapple salsa is on my list of next recipes to try! 

  7. SO many gorgeous recipes here – thanks for all the great ideas. Lots of family dinners will come out of this! 

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