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Ground Beef Stroganoff with Rice {Meal Prep}

Ground beef stroganoff is classic comfort food, turned meal prep work week lunches! 

ground beef stroganoff in containers with fork in container

Ground beef stroganoff was created when my husband asked for lunches that he could take to work and reheat that were more traditional to him than Quinoa Asparagus Salad and Chicken Shawarma Salads. 

That is fair. I can do that!

Of course, I didn’t want to go all traditional and use steak and egg noodles, so I did my own slightly less traditional meal prep version.

Which Beef cuts can you use for Stroganoff?

This meal prep version uses ground beef. This is not typical for a beef stroganoff.

Beef stroganoff is typically made  with:

  1. beef tenderloin
  2. steak tips
  3. sirloin and,
  4. boneless ribeye.

All of those will increase the cost of your beef stroganoff meal prep – but are totally fine to use.

Just know your simmer time may have to increase to prevent tough meat. 

Why use ground beef for stroganoff?

I use ground beef for my meal prep stroganoff for a few reasons:

  • I always have ground beef on hand in my freezer.
  • It is cheaper than the other beef cuts.
  • No need to worry about tough meet.
  • Reheats well for meal prep – unlike steak cuts that can overcook on reheat and be tough.

Have I sold you on using ground beef for stroganoff yet? 

ground beef stroganoff single container with fork

What is the sauce in Beef Stroganoff?

It is a mushroom gravy!

No can of anything soup here! This easy gravy is made right in the pan with the meat. You also have options for thickening. You can use arrowroot powder (gluten free) or flour. Both work just fine.

I highly suggest using this (affiliate link) mushroom bouillon instead of beef broth too!

ground beef stroganoff close up in pan

Can this stroganoff be frozen?

YES! Even with the sour cream, this can be frozen. I promise.

I like to freeze this in my 3 cup Pyrex glass containers (as shown in this images in this post). But I am also a fan of freezing this in my 2 cup souper cube trays!

ground beef stroganoff in one container with linen

Looking for more husband friendly meal preps? Try these too:

Are you ready to add some traditional savory tastes to your meal plan this week with Ground Beef Stroganoff Meal Prep!?

When you make this, I want to see it! Tag me @mealplanaddict on Instagram! 

ground beef stroganoff in containers with fork in container

Ground Beef Stroganoff {Meal Prep}

Print Recipe
Ground beef stroganoff is classic comfort food, turned meal prep work week lunches! 
Course Meal Prep Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef Stroganoff, Stroganoff
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 meal preps
Calories 797
Author Steph


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbs arrowroot powder OR flour
  • 1.5 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream OR plain Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice


  • Get your rice started using the method of your choice. Cook according to the directions on the package. When it is cooked, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pan, on medium high heat, break up and brown the ground beef.
  • When the ground beef is about half cooked, add in the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Continue to fry the mixture until the mushrooms have cooked down. Drain excess fat.
  • Add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, paprika, and arrowroot powder (or flour) to the pan. Mix to combine. Your mixture will not tighten up and feel dry. That is what it is suppose to be like!
  • Pour in the beef broth and combine. Now you have what appears to be a soup. That is also normal. Allow this to simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes. It will reduce down.
  • After about 10 minutes, remove the pan from the heat. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the sour cream. Do not add this while the stroganoff is boiling hot. To get the texture right, this needs to be combined off the heat.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. The salt needed is highly dependent on the type of broth used. Some are high in sodium so be careful not to over salt.
  • Add 3/4 cup of rice to each container, and then divide the stroganoff mixture evenly between the 4 containers.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Secure the lids and move to the fridge.
  • Consume with in 4 days, or freeze for up to 4 months.


Nutrition information was calculated using arrowroot powder and sour cream. Greek yogurt can also be used instead of sour cream. Flour is the alternate to arrowroot powder.


Calories: 797kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 25g

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  1. 5 stars
    This is seriously one of the best Healthy comfort foods! We had this over Cauliflower rice and it was SO delicious! We’ve also blended steamed cauliflower like mashed potatoes and put the stroganoff over it. It is the best on cold days when you’re craving a warm meal. The left overs are insanely good too! 10/10 will make this again!

  2. 5 stars
    Love it! My husbands response was “that’s amazing!” Glad I found another meal prep recipe that he will like as well. Between this post and your post about 10 ground beef meal preps, we have a good collection of recipes for his lunches that aren’t salads .org grain bowls.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for my 1 year old for dinner because my husband and I are going out to a restaurant. My husband said, “awww I kinda want to stay home with the baby and eat this instead!” So I promised him the leftovers for lunch.

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this . Absolutely delicious and so easy to make ! Thank you ! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes !

  5. 5 stars
    I’m sure this is delicious but I did something wrong and mine came out slimy 😭 Maybe my onions were bad. Ugh, that disappointment came at the end of the wrong day 😣

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