Monday, February 26, 2018

How to Cook Ground Beef in the Slow Cooker


I just may be the last person on the planet to get this great bit of news, but in case I am not, I wanted to share it with y'all.  It's WONDERFUL!!!  I just learned you can cook plain old ground beef in bulk in the slow cooker!!!  IT WORKS!!!!!

I was reading about it on Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and thought "NO WAY does that really work.  NO WAY!!!"  So I had to try it out and see.

In the photo above, you can see where I plopped the 2 pounds of ground beef in the slow cooker (sprayed it first with cooking spray).  I sprinkled salt, pepper, dried onions, and garlic powder on top.  That's it.  Dumped the meat in, seasoned it, then I put the lid on. I cooked it on high for 2 1/2 hours and when I opened up the slow cooker, this is what I saw...


It was cooked and looked like one weird shaped hamburger patty.  LOL  So I got out my potato masher and broke up all the meat.  


IT WORKED!!!  It broke apart easily AND it was cooked through AND tasted really good with the seasonings!!!!!  See?  It just looks like cooked ground beef!!  YAY!!  So now I'm going to put it in freezer bags in one pound measurements and save for future meals!!  Taco soup?  Tacos?  Sloppy Joes?  A casserole?  Spaghetti sauce?  Pizza?  Tons more recipes this can be used for.  

HOORAY for a great idea!!!!


14 comments:

Julie @ Loggers Wife said...

Glad to see this actually works! Seems like a great time saver.

kateonthinice said...

Love anything you can do in a slow cooker so can see me giving this a whirl #MMBC

Mother of 3 said...

I just love how easy crock pots make it to cook meals from freezer to table! I had no idea you could cook ground beef in the crock pot.

Lydia C. Lee said...

that would never occur to me to do....then you just microwave it?

Mrs. U said...

Hi Lydia!
No need to microwave it after it’s cooked in the crockpot. It’s all ready to use. :)


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Amy said...

This is a great idea! I love mt slow cooker so much! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!

Quirky Homemaker G said...

Yes!!! The slow cooker is wonderful for all kinds of things, isn't it??? Makes live so convenient. I don't usually do it "just" to cook ground meat, but sometimes, I thaw it that way before I add the rest of my recipe. Hope you have a great weekend!

Leslie A said...

What a great tip! I'm definitely going to have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

laura sampson said...

Oh yeah this one is a time saver FOR SURE! Love things like this!

Jennifer said...

This is such a wonderful way to use the crockpot and to prepare meat for multiple meals!
I've never tried this...I just might have to give it a try! :)
Have a lovely day!

Miz Helen said...

Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen

aginglikeafinewine.com said...

This is a great idea. I had never considered doing this, but what a time saver it could be later on! Thank you for sharing it with us on Party in Your PJ's.

Unknown said...

I'd be curious to compare the flavor using this method against traditional browned hamburger. Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

Michelle Leslie said...

Oh my I didn't know that either. That's so cool and it will save so much time.

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