71 of Our Best Ground Beef Recipes

Need a satisfying meal? We've rounded up our best ground beef recipes, from meatballs and meatloaves to burritos, pastas and more.

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Sloppy Joe Pie

To be honest, I don’t hear many compliments on this dish…folks are always too busy eating! I developed the recipe by grabbing ingredients from my refrigerator and cupboards one “crunch time” when I needed an easy dish fast. —Kathy McCreary, Goddard, Kansas

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If you’re a sloppy joe fan, try out this loose-meat sandwich recipe.

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Hearty Penne Beef

This hearty penne ground beef recipe is comfort food at its finest! The best of everything is found here—it’s tasty, easy and a smart way to sneak in some spinach for extra nutrition. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen,

For low-carb beef recipe ideas, check out these diabetic-friendly ground beef recipes.

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Chorizo Burgers

I’ve always enjoyed a hamburger right off the grill, and in the Southwest we enjoy chorizo, so I combined the two. Instead of using store-bought condiments, I use fresh ingredients to brighten up the burgers along with some pickled vegetables. I like to serve these burgers with a side of deep-fried Brussels sprouts. —Robert J. Johnson, Chino Valley, Arizona
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Cheeseburger Soup with Rice

I don’t have a lot of extra time to spend in the kitchen, so I appreciate that I can cook this soup’s ground beef and rice in advance to speed up my dinner prep on busy days. —Janne Rowe, Wichita, Kansas
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Chilean Beef and Olive Empanadas

Lorain is known as the International City, because people came here from all over the world to work. During the summer, the city hosts a festival to celebrate the diverse community. One year, I got to help my Chilean friend’s mom prepare these for the festival. They bring back happy memories! —Kristyne Mcdougle, Lorain, Ohio
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Crescent Beef Casserole

This flavorful meal-in-one dish is all you need to serve a satisfying and quick weeknight dinner. It’s on the table in just 30 minutes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Party Meatballs

These meatballs in a sweet, tangy sauce can be made a day in advance and reheated. We usually serve them at birthday parties. —Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
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Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Dressing

If you're fond of gyros, you'll enjoy this garden-fresh salad showcasing ground lamb, crumbled feta cheese, Greek olives, tomatoes and a creamy cucumber dressing. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Ravioli Soup

We adore pasta, so I used it as the inspiration for this soup. The meaty tomato base pairs perfectly with the cheesy ravioli pillows. —Shelley Way, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Blue-Ribbon Beef Nachos

Chili powder and convenient jarred salsa season a zesty mixture of ground beef and refried beans that’s sprinkled with green onions, tomatoes and ripe olives. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
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St. Patrick’s Irish Beef Dinner

A variation on shepherd’s pie, this hearty St. Patrick’s Irish beef dinner brings together saucy beef, mashed potatoes, parsnips and other vegetables. It’s always the star of our March 17th meal. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

Editor’s Tip: After the festivities are over, the fun is just starting. Try these leftover corned beef recipes to reinvent your extra brisket into hearty breakfasts, sides, appetizers, and fresh mains. They’re so good, that you might want to make a second corned beef just for the leftovers!

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Quick Tater Tots Bake

I like to make this Tater Tot casserole when time before supper is short. If we have unexpected company, I just double the ingredients and use a 13×9-in. pan. I call it my Please Stay Casserole! —Jean Ferguson, Elverta, California
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Cola Burgers

A friend who’s an excellent cook shared this hamburger recipe with me, and it has since become a family favorite. The unusual combination of cola and French salad dressing added to the ground beef gives it fabulous flavor. The mixture is also used as a basting sauce on the moist burgers.
—Melva Baumer, Millmont, Pennsylvania
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Perfect Four-Cheese Lasagna

Lasagna is one of my favorites, and this is the recipe I’ve been making since I was a teenager. It’s a tantalizing combo of pasta, meat sauce, cheese and more cheese that really lives up to its name! —Lauren Delaney-Wallace, Glen Carbon, Illinois
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Skillet Bow Tie Lasagna

This quick recipe tastes just like lasagna, but you make it on the stove. It’s very tasty and is always a hit with my family. —Arleta Schurle, Clay Center, Kansas
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Spaghetti Meatball Supper

It was such a joy to come home and find my mom making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. This recipe has always been dear to my heart. —Debbie Heggie, Laramie, Wyoming
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Ground Beef Potpie

A must-try for the meat-and-potato lover in your home, slices of this hearty ground beef potpie are sure to satisfy. Best of all, our home economists used a refrigerated pastry crust to make it easy as pie.
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Easy Beef-Stuffed Shells

Here’s a rich and comforting dish that’s terrific right away or made ahead and baked the next day. Pesto makes a surprising filling for these stuffed shells with meat sauce. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
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Cowboy Stew

I made up this cowboy stew in the early 1970s when I was down to very little food in the house. Because it’s a combination of barbecue sauce, hamburger, hot dogs and beans, this one-skillet meal makes both children and adults happy. —Val Rananawski, Millville, New Jersey
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Cheesy Fiesta Beef Casserole

Over the years I’ve tweaked this recipe to end up with a delicious, quick weeknight meal. Feel free to spice it up with jalapenos if you prefer a little heat. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Easy Beef Soup

This colorful, easy beef soup comes together in minutes. Even my husband, who admits he’s no cook, makes it on occasion.” —Agnes Bierbaum, Gainesville, Florida
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Taco Puffs

I got this Taco Puffs recipe from a friend years ago. I still make these cheesy sandwiches regularly for dinner alongside a steaming bowl of soup or a fresh green salad. Any leftovers taste even better the next day for lunch. A helpful hint: Plain refrigerated biscuits seal together better than buttermilk types. —Jan Schmid, Hibbing, Minnesota
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Ramen Stir-Fry

This ramen stir-fry is unique and flavorful. The whole gang will enjoy the hearty, colorful meal-in-one. —Marlene McAllister, Portland, Michigan
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Meatball Cabbage Rolls

My mother often had these cabbage rolls simmering in her slow cooker when my family and I arrived at her house for weekend visits. The mouthwatering meatballs tucked inside made these stand out from any other cabbage rolls I've tried. —Betty Buckmaster, Muskogee, Oklahoma

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One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

When the weather’s too chilly to grill, I whip up a big pot of this cheesy pasta. Believe it or not, it tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger, and it’s much easier for my young children to enjoy. —Carly Terrell, Granbury Texas. Looking for more? Check out our collection of cheeseburger-inspired recipes.
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Lasagna Deliziosa

Everyone loves this lasagna. It’s often served as a birthday treat for guests. I’ve lightened it up a lot from the original, but no one can tell the difference! —Heather O’Neill, Troy, Ohio
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Beef Quesadilla

Quick-cooking ground beef is the perfect ingredient for on-the-run cooks. Try this beef quesadilla recipe with your favorite taco toppings.
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Homemade Ragu Sauce

My family loves homemade spaghetti sauce and this one is a big hit. I always make sure to serve this ragu sauce recipe with plenty of garlic bread. —Kate Gaul, Dubuque, IA
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California Burger Wraps

I love the way these fresh flavors blend. It's a snap to throw these wraps together for a quick, healthy lunch. The burgers can also be served on buns if you like. —Rachelle McCalla, Atlantic, Iowa
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Barley Beef Skillet

Even my 3-year-old loves this family-favorite beef barley skillet. It’s very filling, inexpensive and packed with veggies. It’s also really good spiced up with chili powder, cayenne or a dash of Tabasco. —Kit Tunstall, Boise, Idaho
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Easy Stuffed Poblanos

My partner adores these saucy stuffed peppers—and I love how quickly they come together. Top with low-fat sour cream and your favorite salsa. —Jean Erhardt, Portland, Oregon
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Ground Beef Hash Brown Casserole

Because this ground beef hash brown casserole is practically a meal in itself, I simply pair it with a salad and dessert. —Rochelle Boucher, Brooklyn, Wisconsin
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Meat-and-Potato Casserole

For variety, you can use another kind of cream soup (cream of mushroom, for instance). But try this meat and potato casserole this way first. —Marna Heitz, Farley, Iowa
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Sassy Salsa Meat Loaves

Here's a twist on classic meat loaf. You can make these loaves ahead, and they’ll last for a few days. Make meat loaf sandwiches with the leftovers, buns and a little Monterey Jack cheese. —Tasha Tully, Owings Mills, Maryland
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Quick and Easy Chili

This quick and easy chili recipe can be made in a flash and easily doubled or tripled to satisfy any famished family. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to throw it together. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Tacoritos

This mild and meaty Southwestern dish combines the delicious flavor of tacos with the heartiness of baked burritos. Your family’s going to love ‘em! —Monica Flatford, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Garden-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Not only are these boats a delightful way to get your veggies, they’re basically a one-dish meal that covers all the bases—just grab your favorite garden goodies and add any spices or mix-ins you like. —Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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Quick and Simple Meatballs

Keep a batch of these meatballs in your freezer for an easy weeknight meal. This simple meatball recipe can be used for pizzas, sub sandwiches, in soups and more. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Double-Crust Pizza Casserole

After my husband and I got married, this biscuit pizza solved the what’s-for-dinner problem. As our family grew, I just made bigger and bigger batches. It never disappoints! —Pat Crane, Pine City, New York
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Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

My husband and I both love these cheeseburger rolls. I often serve them with broccoli and cheese. They must be good because this recipe won a first-place prize at the Iowa State Fair! —Jessica Cain, Des Moines, Iowa
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Baked Beans with Ground Beef

I serve these hearty baked beans with ground beef along with a tossed salad and some crusty bread for a balanced one-pot meal. It’s nice to have this casserole in the freezer for those nights when there’s no time to cook. —Louann Sherbach, Wantagh, New York
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Taco Salad Waffles

What a quick and easy twist on the usual Mexican fare. This recipe is perfect for a build-your-own party for teens, and I’ve also served it as a brunch dish—to rave reviews. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
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Southwestern Beef and Rice Skillet

I like to serve this kicked-up skillet dish with warm flour tortillas and a side of guacamole. If you like things a little spicier, add more jalapeno and enjoy the heat! —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida
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Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

Kids love this casserole because it combines two of their favorite fast foods. And I like the fact that I can whip it up with just four ingredients. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
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Taco Stew

The ingredients are simple, but together they make this awesome stew. If you want to a little added crunch, crush a few tortilla chips on top of each bowl. —Suzanne Francis, Marysville, Washington
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Mushroom Swiss Burgers

This mushroom Swiss burger recipe is perfect to make on the stovetop or the grill. Heaping with mushrooms and the wonderful flavor of Swiss cheese, these burgers are a family favorite. —James Bowles, Ironton, Ohio
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Frito Pie

Frito pie is legendary in the Southwest for being spicy, salty and cheesy fabulous. Here’s my easy take on this crunchy classic. —Jan Moon, Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Ground Beef Shepherd’s Pie

This hearty ground beef shepherd’s pie is an ideal supper-in-one for small families. I use ground beef, frozen veggies and canned gravy to hurry along the down-home dinner. —Elaine Williams, Surrey, British Columbia
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Barbecued Meatballs

Grape jelly and chili sauce are the secrets that make these meatballs so fantastic. If I’m serving them at a party, I prepare the meatballs and sauce in advance and reheat them right before guests arrive. —Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Cheeseburger Crescent Ring

This is an easy entree that can be put together quickly after a long day at work. I guarantee that adults will enjoy it as much as kids do. —Stephanie Hurd, Oxford, Alabama
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Beef and Potato Moussaka

My son—who is now 27—brought home this Greek moussaka recipe with potatoes (a classic Greek entree) when he had a sixth-grade assignment about Greece. It earned high marks when we made it for his class. —Jean Puffer, Chilliwack, British Columbia
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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

This nutritious yet economical summer meal makes the most of my home-grown peppers. I like to top it with sour cream and serve with tortilla chips and salsa, but it’s wonderful on its own, too. —Kimberly Coleman, Columbia, South Carolina
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Zucchini Lasagna

We plant zucchini every year and always seem to have more than we can use! This hearty zucchini lasagna is a delicious way to use our abundant crop. —Charlotte McDaniel, Williamsville, Illinois
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Potato-Topped Ground Beef Skillet

Compared to other ground beef skillet recipes, the depth of flavor in this recipe is amazing, and I never have leftovers when I take it to potlucks. I love recipes that I can cook and serve in the same skillet. If your butcher has chili grind beef, which is coarsely ground, go for that; it lends an extra meaty texture. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas
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Cheese-Stuffed Burgers for Two

Here’s a sandwich that does traditional burgers one better—with a surprise pocket of cheddar! My family really enjoys the melted cheese center. —Says Janet Wood, Windham, New Hampshire. If you’re looking for more, here are our favorite stuffed burgers.
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Beef Chimichangas

My husband loves this beef chimichanga recipe! I often double the recipe and freeze the chimichangas individually to take out as needed. I serve them with shredded lettuce and sour cream. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware
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Vegetable Beef Casserole

This easy one-dish recipe has been a family favorite ever since my husband's aunt handed it down to me decades ago. Try using whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple salad goes nicely with this entree. —Evangeline Rew, Manassas, Virginia
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Tacos Deluxe

I first tried this recipe in my junior high school home economics class more than 20 years ago. As an adult, I wrote home for the recipe and have enjoyed it ever since! —Katie Dreibelbis, Santa Clara, California
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Upside-Down Meat Pie

This recipe, which my sister gave me more than 30 years ago, is perfect whenever friends drop by. It mixes up in a jiffy, yet it's substantial and satisfying. —Cora Dowling, Toledo, Ohio
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Chili Beef Cornbread Casserole

This recipe is my potluck standby. And when I hear that someone may need a comforting home-cooked meal, I bring them this casserole. —Lorraine Espenhain, Corpus Christi, Texas

If you like this casserole, you’ll love this beef chili recipe!

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Beef Bolognese with Linguine

After much research, tasting and tweaking, I finally came up with this beef bolognese recipe that is based on a dish from an Italian restaurant where I worked. It’s perfect for feeding a house full of guests. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
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Family-Favorite Cheeseburger Pasta

I created this cheeseburger pasta recipe to satisfy a craving. What a delicious, healthy classic! —Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Garlic Beef Enchiladas

Beef enchiladas are typically prepared with corn tortillas, but my husband, Jeff, and I prefer flour tortillas. I use them in this saucy casserole that has irresistible home-cooked flavor and a subtle kick. —Jennifer Standridge, Dallas, Georgia
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Meatballs and Gravy

I can still see Grandmother making dozens of these little meatballs, and gravy to go with them! The hint of spices gives them a savory taste that makes them authentically Norwegian. —Karen Hoylo, Duluth, Minnesota
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Best Salisbury Steak

Finding the best Salisbury steak recipe is hard! I remember enjoying it often when I was growing up, but when I decided to add it to my recipe collection, I wasn’t able to find it in my modern cookbooks. I came up with these ingredients on my own and experimented until it tasted like the dish I remembered. —Faye Hintz, Springfield, Missouri
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Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

When my mom and I cooked spaghetti squash with meat sauce, all we could do was grin and say "Wow!" It's fun to separate the noodle-like strands from the squash shell, but eating it is the best part! —Lina Vainauskas, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
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Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

This is the ultimate simple and fulfilling dinner that uses items I typically have in my cupboard. It’s so easy to prepare and cooking all in one skillet makes it a snap for clean up. —Juli Meyers, Hinesville, Georgia
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All-American Hamburgers

We do a lot of camping and outdoor cooking. This all-American, homemade hamburger recipe is on our menu more than any other food. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
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Beef and Noodle Casserole

When I was working on the local election board in the ’50s, one of my co-workers gave me this ground beef casserole with noodles recipe, and it has been a family favorite ever since. It’s quick to make for unexpected company or easily doubled for a potluck. —Mary Hinman, Escondido, California
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Easy Salisbury Steak

This easy Salisbury steak recipe can be made in 25 minutes or made ahead and reheated with the gravy in the microwave. I often double the recipe and freeze a batch for busy nights. —Carol Callahan, Rome, Georgia
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Beef & Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

This recipe is special to me because it’s an easy one-pot meal that tastes like you spent the whole day in the kitchen. My family loves it. —Lynn Bowen, Geraldine, Alabama

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Caroline has been with Taste of Home for the past seven years, working in both print and digital. After starting as an intern for the magazine and special interest publication teams, Caroline was hired as the third-ever digital editor for Taste of Home. Since then, she has researched, written and edited content on just about every topic the site covers, including cooking techniques, buzzy food news, gift guides and many, many recipe collections. Caroline also acts as the editorial lead for video, working with the Test Kitchen, videographers and social media team to produce videos from start to finish. When she’s not tip-tapping on a keyboard, Caroline is probably mixing up a killer cocktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooking up a multi-course feast (sometimes all at once). Though she technically lives in Milwaukee, there is a 50/50 chance Caroline is in Chicago or southwest Michigan visiting her close-knit family.