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Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Ground Beef

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 16 to 20 servings
Author: Gwen


  • 4 to 5 pounds ground beef the leaner the better
  • 2 to 4 onions minced (whatever type you prefer)
  • 4 to 20 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  • Lightly butter or oil the crock pot insert
  • Sprinkle in the minced onions and garlic
  • Separate or "crumble" the raw meat as you put it in the crockpot (if you don't separate it, it will cook in a huge block and be a pain to deal with)
  • Pour the beef broth over the top
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours (or overnight if you'd like to save some time and/or are prepping for freezer meals and meal planning)
  • When done cooking allow the meat to cool and pour off the grease/broth mixture.
  • Transfer 4 or 5 equal portions (you'll use the same number of freezer bags as you cooked of pounds of meat) to freezer safe canisters or bags, label, and freeze. Date with date cooked and/or a "use by" date. This make-ahead ground beef is freezer safe for 6 to 8 weeks.