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How to Prepare Make-Ahead Mexican Ground Beef

Busy weeknights on your horizon? Stock your freezer with Mexican-seasoned ground beef so a flavorful dinner’s always close at hand.

Save time and money by making a batch of this Mexican ground beef ahead of time. Freeze it in two-cup quantities and use it as a starter for your favorite recipes that call for one pound of ground beef with taco seasoning. Here’s how to do it!

Step 1

In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until thoroughly cooked. Drain.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium and stir in taco seasoning. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil and spoon beef onto it, breaking apart as necessary.

Step 4

Smooth beef into an even layer, covering the foil-lined pan.

Step 5

Freeze about 1 hour, stirring once, until firm.

Step 6

Divide mixture into quart-sized resealable freezer bags or containers with 2 cups of beef in each (the equivalent of 1 pound cooked beef). Seal bags, label and freeze up to 2 months.