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Make-Ahead Ground Beef

make-ahead ground beef Entree
Make-Ahead Ground Beef
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 16

Plan ahead and stock your freezer with a big batch of this make-ahead ground beef. It freezes like a dream and can be used as a time-saving shortcut in your favorite beef recipes—from chili to shepherd’s pie and a whole lot more. Make it easy on yourself and freeze in meal-sized portions of 2-cups, which is the equivalent to 1 pound of cooked ground beef. Once you master this recipe, you’ll always have a backup dinner plan that doesn’t involve calling for take-out. Here’s how to do it! MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 23, 2020

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

Steps

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  • 1
    In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef, onions and garlic over medium-high heat, stirring frequently; drain. Reduce heat, cook 5 more minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • 2
    Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil and spoon beef onto foil.
  • 3
    Break beef apart as necessary, ensuring that it’s spread evenly on the pan.
  • 4
    Freeze about 1 hour, stirring once, until firm.
  • 5
    Divide mixture into quart-sized resealable freezer plastic bags or containers with about 2 cups in each. Label and 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.
  • Now that you’re stocked, put that beef to work in one of these fan-favorite recipes. We highly recommend Slow-Cooker Family Favorite Chili, Creamy Ground Beef and Noodle Casserole and Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie has been pleasing families for generations now!
  • Some of our favorite dinners start with ground beef—it’s easy, family-pleasing and budget-friendly. Don’t hesitate, pick up a pound or two and make one of Our Greatest Ground Beef Recipes of All Time.
  • Kick your meal-prep up a notch with this Make-Ahead Mexican Ground Beef. It’s everything you love about the classic recipe but with a Tex-Mex twist. Next time your family requests impromptu tacos, you won’t even have to think twice!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

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%
Potassium
180mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
1g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
15g
% 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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