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Slow Cooker Ground Beef

This simple recipe for slow-cooked ground beef is great for stocking your freezer! Just pull out a bag of already cooked meat and you can have dinner on the table in no time! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy recipes, kitchen how to, party recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 403kcal


  • 7 pounds ground beef I like 90/10, but any will work
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper to a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Set heat to low, cover, and cook for 1 hour. Use a potato masher to break up the meat.
  • Repeat breaking up the meat with the potato masher ever 2 hours until the meat is cooked through. This should take about 6 hours for 7 pounds of meat in a 6 quart slow cooker, but adjust time as needed and cook until meat is no longer pink.
  • Drain fat, if desired, before using or freezing.
  • Portion meat out into freezer bags and freeze until ready to use.


Calories: 403kcal | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 428mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 3.1mg