Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Ground Beef

I know I am not the only one who is looking for quick short cuts to weeknight meals. Sometimes 30 minutes is too much time to get a meal on the table. That is why I rely on having already browned ground meat in the freezer for those quick meals.

freezer ready browned ground beefHere is another secret about my ground beef, it isn’t all beef. I like to mix ground pork and beef together for my dishes calling for hamburger. So, when I mix a big batch of ground beef in the crock pot I use two pounds of ground beef and two pound pork.

4 pounds of frozen meatSince we get all of our beef and pork in large quantities directly from farmers, our ground meat is always frozen. I start by putting the frozen meat in the crock pot and topping with a diced onion, four cloves of minced garlic and three tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.

frozen meat in the crock potCook on high for two to three hours in the crock pot. If your meat is not frozen, then cook on low.

cooked ground beefI then break up the meat using my Pampered Chef Mix N Chop.

breaking up ground meat with a mix and chopI then cook for another two hours, give or take, until all of the meat is completely cooked.

cooked ground beef in the crock potI then I drain the meat and let it cool a little before bagging it up for the freezer. I put a touch more than 2.5 cups of meat in each bag for the equivalent of one pound of meat.

freezer ready browned ground beefTo use later, I just pop the meat in the microwave for a few minutes on medium heat while I get the rest of the ingredients ready. I then just add the ground beef to the dish as I would if I had browned it that day.

Crock Pot Ground Beef

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 one pound portions of cooked beef

Serving Size: 1 pound

Crock Pot Ground Beef

Ingredients

  • 4lb hamburger, ground pork, turkey or chicken (Use what ever ground meat your family eats)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place four pounds of frozen meat in crock pot. Layer onions, garlic and Worcestershire sauce on top of meat.
  2. Cook on high for two to three hours and then begin to break up meat. Cook for an additional two hours. If you using meat that is not frozen, cook on low instead of high.
  3. Once meat is completely browned, drain meat of fat and liquids. Put 2.5 cups in freezer bags for 1 pound servings to use later.
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Comments

  1. says

    I brown my ground beef up ahead and freeze it also. I sometime do half ground beef and half ground turkey. I will have to give beef and pork a try. I usually add celery and red pepper to mine. What a great idea the Worcestershire addition is. I’ll bet it really perks up the flavor of the meat. I am going to do that next time I make up a batch. Today I brought Hungarian Beef. Thanks for hosting each week.

  2. says

    Your recipe is a really great idea, I do that same thing, but haven’t tried it in the crock pot, looks great. Hope you have a great week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  3. says

    Why have I never thought of doing that?! Thank you Leah for this great tip. I have pork ribs in the crockpot tonight, but might brown up some ground beef tomorrow. This is perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t even want to look at your stove. Also, thanks for the link up. PS love the new page design!

  4. says

    Oh Miss Leah this is a fantastic tip and I’ve never thought of it before either. EXCELLENT idea with the frozen meat. I’ll be doing this soon. We eat from our slow cooker weekly. I linked up some Citrus Spice chicken we grilled this past weekend camping. I’ll make it for you if you come visit soon!

  5. says

    Your recipe is really time saving. I just read your about page and I was LOL at your honesty… you sound like a fun person to hang out with… but I wouldn’t want to cross you. Thanks for coming to Foodie Friday.

  6. says

    Well learn something new everyday! I always have cooked ground meat in the freezer but sure never thought of preparing in the crock pot, how smart would that be!? Thanks!!!!

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