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Make-Ahead Ground Beef

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When my husband and I first got married, I could cook, but the number of things I could cook were very limited.  I wasn’t at the point yet where I would just throw things in a pot and know it would taste good. 🙂  However, I was also super busy – honestly, I think I was busier then than I am now.  Getting dinner on the table was a chore that I just didn’t have time for.

Then, I discovered my deep freeze!  I started making things that could be frozen and pulled out later!  This make ahead ground beef recipe has been one of my go-to OAMC recipes!  I only buy in bulk and I almost always have some pre-seasoned beef in my freezer.  This super simple recipe has been a life-saver for over 15 years.

How to cook ground beef

Ninety-percent of the time, when I make Tacos, Spaghetti, Chili, Sloppy Joes, or other things that call for ground hamburger meat, I have some ready to use without having to go through the cooking or chopping process!

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Here’s what I do, it is actually very simple.  I am writing this recipe with the assumption that you are buying a 6 pound package, but you can add or subtract as needed:

This is great for sloppy joes, chili, spaghetti, tacos, and more!  Seriously, the options of things to make with ground beef are nearly unlimited!  You can add it to just about any meal, but here are my favorite ground beef recipes:

Rotel Dip with Hamburger Meat

Crockpot Pizza

Saucy Beef Chili

Make Ahead Ground Beef Recipe
How to cook ground beef

Make-Ahead Ground Beef

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

This simple recipe will make dinner planning a breeze.


  • 3 medium onions I like to use one each of yellow, white, and purple onions
  • 6 lb 90% lean ground beef or 93% lean ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 each red yellow, green bell-peppers


    Chop onions and/or press all veggies

    Brown hamburger meat, drain, and transfer to large bowl

    In pan or pot that you browned the meat (before cleaning it! you want the slight grease coating for this step) place chopped and pressed veggies for just a few minutes until the onions have a clear appearance

    Add back in the browned beef (or turkey), mix well. If you allow it to cook in the greased and heated pan for 2-3 minutes, it will cook those seasonings into the meat!
    Divide into 3 portions. You now have three, one-pound packages of make-ahead ground beef ready for a recipe that calls for ground beef.

    Flatten the air from your ziploc bags and stack in your freezer for a time-saver on your next meal. Be sure to write what it is and when you made it!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2217Total Fat: 113gSaturated Fat: 44gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 52gCholesterol: 837mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 268g

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Miz Helen

Friday 30th of June 2017

I have pinned this post, what a great idea and great recipe! Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen


Friday 30th of June 2017

Great idea! Love having things in the freezer ready to throw together.


Friday 30th of June 2017

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!!


Monday 26th of June 2017

Great idea!! I've done freezer packs with sauces and such but IDK why i never think to do it with meats that I use all the time. So smart!

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Sunday 25th of June 2017

Great idea - Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

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