Joe's Special (Ground Beef, Spinach & Eggs)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

According to my cookbooks, Joe's Special is a San Francisco specialty dating to the 1920's. I have seen several versions; what they all have in common is ground beef, spinach and eggs. This is not fancy, but it makes a great main dish for a light supper or brunch. I like to serve this with toasted Beer Bread and a fresh fruit salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat the eggs and set aside for step 7.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.
  3. When the butter has melted, add the ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crumbly.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender but not browned.
  5. Stir in the spinach, basil, oregano and nutmeg.
  6. If using fresh spinach, cook until the spinach wilts.
  7. Add the beaten eggs to the beef/spinach mixture and cook until the eggs are set, about 3 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

5 5

I have been eating this and cooking it since the 1950's. My mother went to a restaurant in the LA area called Diamond Jim's and this was the Diamond Jim special. This was always a dinner I looked forward to, as my mom was only a mediocre cook. My children loved it as well. I usually cook the onions/garlic first. If you use frozen spinach, be sure to drain/dry well. The texture of the eggs is best if the heat isn't too high.

5 5

I added cooked rice and Feta cheese-Wonderful!

4 5

I made this recipe with ground turkey instead, with baby spinach, and added quinoa to make it a bit more hearty yet healthy and it was really good! Considering turkey has less sodium, I would have added more salt in hindsight, and I can see how the flavors may need more time to come out in full force so I can't wait to try the leftovers tomorrow. I will be making this one again, thx!