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

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by ClareVH

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.

Top Review by Shari W.

Not quite the same recipe I used in the mid 60s but pretty close. Still prefer mine. 1 fist sized onion,chopped, 2/3 cloves garlic chopped, (1-2 stLks celery chopped),1/2 to 1 green bell pepper chopped,..sauté all til tender. Add 1-2 lbs ground chicken /Italian sausage or your choice and sauté til cooked....add 1/2 to 1lb fresh or frozen Spinach and sauté til wilted (or water is gone if frozen)....add 4 or more eggs and let them set til done as you like and mix into the rest( sooner makes them disappear into the stuff...longer will leave bits and chunks of egg) .use salt and or pepper during cooking as desired.....Italian herbs are Fantastic,curry powder is great, use you ur imagination! This stuff is great,make it yours with your own touches. Serve with rice ....add tomato sauce to left overs and make Make spaghetti...

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.

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