Try as we might… to be organized and “keep it together”…something always seems to fall apart. Life happens. This list of ground beef crock pot recipes can come in super handy for so many reasons.
There are color-coded grocery lists, step-by-step directions and printable recipes for it all. Enjoy! And Rock That Crock!
How Can Making Crockpot Freezer Meals Help?
Making ANY freezer meals is going to help. Time is precious and life is short. Unless you’re just “in the mood” to cook or you’ve got a specific reason for being in the kitchen there isn’t any reason to stand over the stove an hour a day to cook. Since this is a slow cooker site and a crockpot post…specifically ground beef crock pot recipes post…we’re going to focus on that.
All these recipes are freezer friendly. I’ve frozen all of them personally AND so has at least one other reputable source (I’m not being cryptic there, the person just varies. So they don’t have a specific role or title). AND now on to how those crockpot freezer meals can help you!
- Save time: An hour to shop, a couple hours to assemble and you’ve got multiple emergency meals in the freezer. Depending on how much you cook and interruptions, the time will vary of course but you’ll STILL save time in the long run.
- Manage & save money: Shop sales, buy in bulk, buy what you need and don’t have stuff go bad before you get to it. There isn’t much more I hate…or get mad at myself about than wasting stuff. Food included.
- Save your SANITY: One more thing crossed off the list is an AMAZING feeling. Well worth finding the couple hours you’ll need to get this done. So read on to find out more and learn how to save yourself a little time, money AND relieve a little stress too.
Quick Jump Links
- How Can Making Crockpot Freezer Meals Help?
- How “Ground Beef Crock Pot Recipes” Article is Set Up
- Crockpot Freezer Meal Notes
- Supplies You’ll Need:
- Step-By-Step Ground Beef Crock Pot Recipes Cooking Session
- 5 Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Recipes with Ground Beef
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How “Ground Beef Crock Pot Recipes” Article is Set Up
There are images below. And there are links to each and every recipe listed below. Just click the title or the picture and you’ll be led straight to the recipe. There’s also a couple super handy printable grocery lists I’ve compiled. I figured I needed it and you might too.
There are actually 3 lists.
- One is a detailed grocery list recipe sorted by each recipe.
- The second is a detailed list sorted by store section (like “produce”) and then by ingredient.
- The 3rd list is a consolidated grocery list if you’re going to make ALL the recipes. It also has direct links to all the recipes.
You can also scroll down to the bottom of this article and just pin it for later if you do Pinterest. Then you’ll be able to find it easily when you need it.
Also, one quick note…You’ll still need to prepare or buy side dishes & bread. This list is ONLY for main dishes. BUT in an effort to round article out more and make it help us all even more, here is a list of side dishes that compliment each and every freezer meal:
Number of Meals & Servings?
I hate this part. Really, I dislike it a lot. No two people eat the same amount. It varies so much. It’s best to ask how much you eat I suppose. But since I am unable to ask that of every person reading this I will just say this is an average. Each meal averages out to a serving size being a quarter pound of meat plus the other stuff. That being said…here are my guesses.
Crockpot Chili: 10 servings per recipe x 1 prep = 10 servings
Cheesy Crockpot Meatloaf: 6 servings per recipe x 2 preps = 12 servings
Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole: 4 servings per original recipe x 2 preps = 8 servings
Hamburger Potato Casserole: 6 servings per recipe x 2 freezer preps = 12 servings
Crockpot Cheeseburgers: 8 servings per original recipe x 1 freezer prep = 8 servings
So I am estimating 50 servings for the freezer meal prep session. Of course the number of meals you get it going to vary by the size of your family. It’s also going to vary by how much each family member eats. I can tell you for me and my hubs, this is 20 to 25 meals. Obviously, we’re two adults. I’m guessing for a family of 4 you’ll probably get 10 to 12 meals.
That’s well over a week’s worth of meals in an hour. But even if it takes you a few more minutes it’ll be worth de-stressing the rest of the week!
Crockpot Freezer Meal Notes
- A BIG key with this list is precooking your hamburger meat. Only a couple of these meals (aka the meatloaves) don’t need precooked meat. Why not use 20 minutes of that prep time and precook it all and have one more thing off the list? If you want to save yourself loads of time, check out this Make-Ahead Crockpot Ground Beef recipe. Cook it overnight or while you are at work…then proceed with doing the ground beef crock pot recipes freezer meal session!
- Some of these meals are freezer friendly. Some not so much. Some people choose to freeze everything. I’ve personally frozen leftovers of just about everything I’ve ever cooked. Sometimes I’ve had unexpected, happy successes AND I’ve also had some epic fails.
- I personally do NOT freeze raw potatoes. Some folks do and never have issues. We’ve tried almost every color and type of fresh potato imaginable. You can freeze canned potatoes without having an incredibly weird taste and texture, but why? What would be the point? Just leave them in the can and open them when you need them. That’s my opinion, other people have their own. I personally either add the potatoes when it’s time to cook or use frozen potatoes that are processed for freezing…that being said, all these recipes have been modified to use frozen potatoes to ensure freezer friendliness. If you are super brave…and luckier than me (or you know an epic trick to make fresh potatoes freeze)…go ahead and use all fresh produce. Your choice.
Utilize the Pre-Frozen Vegetable Options to Make Freezer Meals Even Faster
If you want to make your life even easier just visit the freezer veggie section of the grocery. You can find all sorts of stuff precut and frozen.
For this freezer meal cooking session we need:
- Sliced Potatoes
- Diced Carrots
- Diced Celery
- Minced Garlic
- Diced Onions
- Diced Sweet Peppers
If You’d Rather Chop It All
You can find pre-frozen potatoes, carrots, onions and sweet peppers at the grocery. I’m not telling you that it is mandatory. I’m offering another step to “quick & easy”. It will be a little more expensive than buying stuff fresh and chopping it up yourself.
If you’d rather chop and dice your own (which I sometimes DO), I’d recommend this little chopper. It works great. It’s also cheap, it works fast, and doesn’t take up a lot of room. I’ve only recently purchased this model, so I can’t speak for long-term use yet.
I CAN say it has a 4.7 out of 5-star rating on Amazon. That’s out of 2,351 customer reviews at the time I’m writing this article. And Amazon customer reviews are generally brutal…so I’d say those are pretty good ratings.
So now you can make an informed decision between pre-frozen or fresh produce. You’ll know what sort of balance between time and money fits for you :)
Supplies You’ll Need:
You’re going to need a couple things to do freezer meal preps. Nothing is expensive, or nothing I’m recommending. You do NOT have to have all of it. It just makes life easier.
- Vegetable Chopper The benefits of having this are discussed up just a bit. No need to repeat…
- Freezer Bags: Quart or Gallon size. What size depends on how many you’re feeding and if you guys do leftovers or not. I use zippered types. You don’t have to guess if they are closed and you don’t get an icky mess to deal with that causes more work…
- Hands-Free Baggie Holders. Unless you’re cooking with a partner that’s just there to be an extra pair of hands, you need these! They are wonderful. They hold your bags upright while you’re tossing everything in them. They work with both gallon or quart-sized bags, store flat and seem to have a long life expectancy (so far). I’ve had mine for a couple years now. I use them a couple times a month and all of them are still in good shape.
- You’ll also need your grocery listings I talked about earlier:
Step-By-Step Ground Beef Crock Pot Recipes Cooking Session
Prepping & Cleaning for Crockpot Ground Beef
- Read through this article and decide if you want to order any of the supplies. Order as needed (most links are Amazon Prime so you’ll get them in just a couple days). If you don’t know about Amazon Prime, well I can tell you it ROCKS. Here’s more info…Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
- Print your lists (the links are right above) and print each printable recipe:
- Check your pantry for what you have vs what you need. Make changes as necessary and do the shopping for the rest.
- Decide if you’re going to fry your ground beef in a skillet or utilize the Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Ground Beef recipe. If you are then you can put it in the crockpot either the night before your cooking session (if you’re cooking in the morning) OR before you go to work (if you’re doing an after work session). Skillet or slow cooker, you’ll need to…
- Separate out about 2 1/2 pounds of the ground beef. This will be your meatloaf, toss that in a separate bowl (me = about 3 minutes).
- Use the vegetable chopper to chop both the peppers and then the onions, toss about 3/4’s of the onions in with the make-ahead meat and the other 1/4 in with the meatloaf ground meat. Dump peppers in a sealable canister and refrigerate until tomorrow (me = 4 minutes).
- Mince garlic with garlic mincer. I don’t have a recommendation on this one. Mine’s too old to have a brand on it. Just get a solid metal one if you’re gonna get one. Mine’s lasted over 20 years. Same with the onion, 3/4 in with the crock-pot meat and 1/4 in the meatloaf mixture (me = 2 minutes).
- Add broth to make ahead mixture, cover slow cooker and turn on (me = 2 more minutes).
- Toss ground pork (or sausage, whichever you are using) into the meatloaf bowl. Add the remaining ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix and form two loaves. Lay flat on a cookie sheet, freezer safe plate or whatever. Place in freezer overnight ~or~ while the crockpot ground beef is cooking (me = 6 minutes).
- Clean meatloaf bowl and choppers. Wipe down the kitchen. Toss the frozen stuff in the freezer and leave the remaining bags out, I’m using it in just a few hours…I’m not putting it away, sorry (me = 5 minutes).
Total Cook Time So Far = 22 minutes
All Remaining Freezer Meal Prep
I did my freezer meal prep the next morning after I had a cup of coffee and checked my email. The make-ahead meat has already been turned off and dumped in a colander in the sink (over a bowl to catch the grease). It was draining and cooling while I woke up (me = 3 minutes).
About 30 minutes later, this was how it went…
- Put the water on to boil (me = 1 minute).
- While waiting for the water to boil:
- Label baggies with recipe name, date and cook time (me = 4 minutes).
- Set up baggie holders and place the printable recipe in front of each (me = 3 minutes).
- Toss the pasta in for its 3-4 minute water bath (me=1 minute).
- Remove meatloaf from the freezer and bell peppers from the refrigerator (me = 3 minutes).
- Dump the pasta into a colander to drain (me = 1 minute).
- Toss everything into the right freezer bag (me= about 20 minutes, maybe 22).
- Start a sink of hot water running so it’ll be ready when I get back from the basement ’cause I’m almost done!
- Toss everything in a basket and stack them in the freezer (me= 5 more minutes).
- Clean the kitchen (me= 5 minutes…’Cause there’s only a couple bowls, the crockpot, and 2 colanders to clean. Then I just had to wipe down the counters).
Total Cook Time Before Anyone Else is Out of Bed = 48 minutes
So, now it’s all done and I’m sitting here drinking another cup of coffee and I’m typing it out for you guys. In total it took me 70 minutes to make 50 servings.
If you think you’d like to try it…here are pictures and links again to all the recipes. There are also a few freezer notes below.
Let us know if you try it and how it works out. If you’ve any questions just holler.
5 Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Recipes with Ground Beef
This one wasn’t originally a freezer meal. Like I said before, some folks have great luck freezing fresh potatoes. Me, not so much. If that changes and I figure it out, I’ll update you guys.
Freezer Friendly before OR after cooking. And make sure you check out all the different “chili” ideas in the original article too…
This one’s sorta a sloppy joe and sorta a cheeseburger. Call it what you want but it’s absolutely delicious!
Freezer friendly BEFORE and AFTER cooking.
Freezer Notes: Toss the precooked hamburger meat, onion, garlic, mustard and cheeses in a bag. Attach a package of hamburger buns or rolls. Write a note that the pickles are in the cabinet…
Uber-creamy and delicious. There’s never a complaint when I make this…
Freezer friendly BEFORE ~or~ AFTER cooking
Freezer Notes: It works no matter how you decide to do it BUT it works best if you precook the pasta about half-way. Not really an issue if you’re frying up the ground beef for this little endeavor. Just boil it for about 3-4 minutes, drain and bag it up with the rest of the ingredients.
IF you’re low on time you can skip the boiling and just use raw pasta for this freezer meal. Don’t add the pasta to the bag, leave it in the pantry. Bag up the rest of the ingredients. Then make a note on the label that the pasta is in the pantry. Use BIG BOLD letters to remind yourself later…half the frozen mixture goes in the crockpot, then the pasta, THEN the last layer of frozen stuff…
Cheesy Crockpot Meatloaf
Friend to the Freezer BEFORE ~or~ AFTER cooking!
Other Crockpot Freezer Meal Sessions:
- 122 Servings of Crockpot Freezer Meals in 1 Afternoon
- 110 Freezer Meals (2 people, 1 afternoon, 8 recipes)
Other BIG Lists for Slow Cooker Meal Ideas:
- Big List of 50+ Crockpot Appetizers
- 40+ Crock Pot Beef Recipes
- Big List of 40+ Crock Pot Sausage & Kielbasa Recipes
What sort of freezer friendly crockpot meals do you like? Is chicken or beef your fav? Maybe sausage?
Let us know if you liked this ground beef crock pot recipes cooking session AND if you’d like to see more like it.
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