Easy 5 Ingredient Beef Stroganoff with Ground Beef

5 Ingredient beef stroganoff is a quick and simple recipe that the whole family will love. It’s a hearty meal full of flavor, even though it is made with simple ingredients.

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Beef stroganoff is the ultimate comfort food that tastes like it was cooking all day long. With just five ingredients, this twist on traditional beef stroganoff keeps things uncomplicated with the same great flavor.

It’s made with ground beef rather than thin strips of beef, which provide a strong base. The onions and mushrooms add a flavorful depth, and the sour cream and wine enhance the flavors of the creamy mushroom sauce, making it a healthier replacement for the cream of mushroom soup that is often used to make homemade stroganoff.

🤍Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s an easy recipe made with simple ingredients that packs a punch in flavor!
  • It’s quick to make. By using ground beef and just a few ingredients, prep time is reduced.

If you want a vegan take on stroganoff, try my tofu stroganoff! Even meat lovers enjoy it.

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Here is what you will need

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this homemade stroganoff recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

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  • Ground beef
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Sour cream
  • Red wine


How to make this easy beef stroganoff recipe

Prepare the ingredients: Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp rag, and slice them and the mushrooms with a sharp knife.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.

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Step 1. Cook the beef

Once the skillet is hot, add the ground beef to it and let it cook until it is almost cooked.

Step 2. Add onions and mushrooms

Reduce the heat to medium heat and stir in the sliced mushrooms and onions. Cook until they begin to soften.

a picture of beef and mushrooms cooking in skillet
a picture of wine being added to a skillet

Step 3. Add wine

Reduce the heat to medium-low heat and stir in the red wine. Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Step 4. Add sour cream

Remove the cover from the skillet and stir in the sour cream. Season with sea salt and pepper or a splash of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce if desired and serve.

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If you are looking for more easy and delicious ground beef recipes, check out these Grass Fed Ground Beef Recipes!

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this easy ground beef stroganoff recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

Ground beef– for a more traditional stroganoff, you can substitute the ground beef with a good quality steak sliced into thin strips.

Sour cream – Plain Greek yogurt can be substituted with sour cream in this recipe.

Mushrooms – I like to use white button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms in stroganoff for the best results. However, feel free to use any mushroom as they will all work. White button and cremini mushrooms have a slightly meaty texture that adds to the overall taste and texture of the dish.

Wine – For an alcohol-free version, wine can be replaced with beef broth or water.

How to store leftover beef stroganoff

Leftover creamy beef stroganoff can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat leftover 5-ingredient beef stroganoff over low heat on top of the stove or in the microwave.

I do not recommend freezing leftover stroganoff as the sour cream may curdle.

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Recipe variations

Chicken stroganoff – Replace ground beef with ground chicken or sliced boneless chicken breasts.

Mushroom Medley- Use a variety of mushrooms to elevate the earthy flavors try combining cremini, shitake, and oyster mushrooms.

Sour Cream – Adds a creamy texture and can easily be replaced with plain Greek yogurt.

Change up the wine – and use white wine instead of red.

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Serving suggestions

Serve 5-ingredient beef stroganoff with egg noodles, green peas and carrots, green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts or sauteed cauliflower.


  • Once you add the sour cream, simmer just until it’s heated through, and remove it from the heat.
  • Deglaze the pan – When adding the wine, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan for extra flavor.
  • If the beef sticks to the pan, add some water or olive oil.
  • If you prefer a thicker stroganoff sauce stir in a little bit of all purpose flour.
Can I add more spices to this recipe for extra flavor?

Yes! This recipe’s beauty is simple, but if you want to add more flavor, you can add fresh thyme and a bay leaf during the simmering process. A dash of worcestershire or tamari sauce just before serving elevates the flavor.

Can I make beef stroganoff without onions?

You can omit onions from this recipe; however, they add a lot of flavor. They can be substituted with shallots or leeks. If you have an onion allergy, you can try replacing onion with cooked fennel or celery.

Can you use white wine instead of red wine to make beef stroganoff?

Yes, you can use any wine if it’s not sweet. Remember that red wine has a rich flavor, while white wine has a milder flavor.

Do you need to add oil to the skillet before browning the ground beef?

Unless it is super lean, adding oil to the skillet is unnecessary to brown the beef. If the beef starts sticking to the skillet, add a little oil or water while it is cooking.

Can I make this easy beef stroganoff recipe in a slow cooker?

Yes, this recipe can easily be converted to slow cooker beef stroganoff. Follow the recipe steps up to adding the wine. Transfer the ingredients to a slow cooker and add the wine; cook for at least an hour. Add the sour cream, stir the slow cooker steroganoff until it is through, and serve.

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Five Ingredient Beef Stroganoff

A plain and simple beef strganoff recipe that's packed with flavor!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

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Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 Ingredient Beef Stroganoff
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Anne
Scale this Recipe 2 People


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 onion small to medium
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Prepare the ingredients: wipe 8 ounces mushrooms with a damp cloth and slice them thin. Chop 1 onion. Heat a skillet over med-high heat.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the ground beef and cook for a few minutes until it is almost cooked through.
  • Reduce the heat to medium heat, add the sliced onion, and mushrooms; cook for about 3 minutes until they begin to wilt.
  • Add 1/2 cup red wine, reduce heat to low; cover the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and stir in the sour cream with a spoon or whisk. Turn the heat off and serve over egg noodles.


Nutrition information does not include egg noodles.
Store leftover bee stroganoff in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it on top of the stove or in the microwave.
See the article above for cooking tips, variations and more!


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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  1. I cannot do alcohol of any kind or use alcohol containing ingredients, which means I also cannot make those recipes …
    It would be real helpful if substitute options were included in the recipes (notes) …
    Thank you 🙃

    1. Hello Jan, I always include a list of substitutes in the blog post, as you can see under substitutions in the beef stroganoff, I list beef broth can be substituted.