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Make-Ahead Ground Beef

 2 Ratings
2 Comments
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 16

For a quick start for ground beef recipes, keep packages of this flavorful ground beef mixture in your freezer for up to two months.

Ingredients

3
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
cup chopped onions (2 medium)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 In 5-quart Dutch oven or 12-inch skillet, cook beef, onions and garlic over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Reduce heat to medium. Stir in salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 3 Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Spoon beef onto foil, breaking apart as necessary. Freeze about 1 hour, stirring once, until firm.
  • 4 Divide mixture into quart-sized resealable freezer plastic bags with about 2 cups in each. Seal bags; label. Freeze up to 2 months.

Expert Tips

For Italian-flavored ground beef mix, add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning to each 2-cup portion of the mix, and stir to combine. Label the package "Italian" and add a "use by" date 2 months from the packaging date.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
150
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
15%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
260mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
1g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
0%
Protein
15g
15%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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