You can choose to purchase the refrigerated cubed potatoes instead of peeling and cubing fresh potatoes.
If you love garlic, spear a couple cloves of garlic on toothpicks and add to beef mixture. Remove the garlic after the first bake time.
When browning meat, it is a must to use a heavy aluminum-based Dutch oven. The stainless steel or lighter-weight varieties tend to get hotter and burn the food, so they need careful attention during cooking.