Cooking Ground Beef in Bulk (Crock Pot Taco Meat)

Undoubtedly, one of the most difficult tasks for getting meals made with only ten minutes of preparation time is for those of us who must have a power packed protein in the form of chicken, beef, pork etc.

If I try to serve more than two vegetarian meals a week, my family revolts, so I must have other Go To proteins on the line up. Since we love ground beef in our family, I’ve discovered the key to our 10 minute dinners is to make sure that all my ground beef is cooked ahead of time. Marketers have already grabbed onto this time saving technique, so why not take a few minutes and duplicate what they do well, therefore saving a lot of money.

Regularly, I cook up ground beef in bulk. Since frying up one pound of meat takes nearly the same amount of time as ten pounds, I’ve realized that cooking ten pounds  is my sanity saver. I first wrote about cooking ground beef in the crock pot over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. You can go there for additional tips.

Right now, many of you are thinking that you do not possibly have the room to cook up ten pounds. That’s ok, but I have a solution for those with smaller frying pans, start with six pounds. Fry three pounds on your stove top, and then cook up the other have in your crock pot for this incredibly easy Crock Pot Taco Meat recipe, which will give you quick burritos, nachos, Taco Salad, Taco Casserole,and so many more options. The consistency is different than ground beef made in the frying pan. I would compare it to Taco Bell textured meat.

This is what I prepared from the Ground Beef I cooked in bulk just yesterday. We already ate one meal using it within minutes of its completion. 😉

Since all my meals need enough servings for seven large eaters, I typically separate my quantities into two pound freezer servings, and attempt other ways of making the beef stretch.

You can use lock type of re-useable containers, but since I have a side by side fridge/freezer, it takes up less room when I use ziplock bags. By having this variety of ground beef cooked up ahead of time, it will give me so many 10 Minute Dinner options.

Enjoy this time saving meal saver as much as I have over the years. Honestly, it’s a tip that helps eliminate many of those “What’s for dinner” questions.

This is just another step in getting our kitchens ready for 10 Minute Dinners.

Do you make your ground beef in bulk?

Can you tell that I highly, highly recommend it?

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  1. This is a great tip! I am writing 31 days of creative homemaking and I have a slow cooker tips post coming up! Will definitely link over to this post! Gotta love that slow cooker…such a miracle worker!

  2. I’ve boiled ground beef in bulk before, but I’d never seen how to do it in the crockpot. Brilliant! Pre-cooked ground beef is such a huge time saver. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. I have been pre-cooking ground beef for a long time – it is just so much easier to do it once and be done with if for a while. Sometimes I cook a batch that is just plain ground beef – and then I’ll do another batch and add green peppers and onions. I also store mine in freezer zip lock bags due to the storage issue – much easier to store flat.
    Hugs –

  4. I just found your site from “The Mom Creative” and signed up fro emails! I love to cook in bulk. I cook all of my ground turkey/beef/shredding chicken in the crockpot… mostly frozen. It makes fabulous- um everything! Then I can just throw it into whatever we are having! It saves me so much time and my family eats healthier because of it! I love to make the meet with onions and green peppers. then it’s useable for almost any dish! I haven’t cooked a pound of ground beef/turkey on the stove in over a year!!

    Chicken is one of my favorites to stock up on! We love Buffalo chicken anything… so often that’s how I cook it and then throw it in the freezer!

    Thanks for the great posts!

  5. I love cooking ground beef in bulk! It’s so easy to throw into recipes and it thaws so much quicker than raw beef. I found that putting 10 lbs into pot and allowing it to cook through works just as well as a frying pan. Don’t forget to store it in meal-size portions.

  6. Are you kidding me?! This is GENIUS!!!

  7. I just started on Pinterest this month. Today I started a Food board so I could pin your posts! 🙂 Great ideas.

  8. Maybe I’m not getting it, but how is reheating the cooked-and-then-frozen ground beef any faster than just cooking it? For instance, if you are serving tacos, and you have to reheat the cooked-and-then-frozen ground beef, if seems just as easy to just cook it then instead of ahead-of-time. Help!

    • Well, I can stick the ground beef in a microwaveable bowl and have it heated in a minute or so.

      AT least for me, cooking it means standing over the pan, and frying it for about ten minutes, then draining the grease etc. So start to finish – 15 minutes. Not much, but when wanting something quick, it’s trickier, plus since I have to make so much for my family it’s just so much easier for me to be able to literally make 6+ pounds at a time without having to do anything.

      It really is a huge sanity saver in our home, but always go with what works best for you.

      • Thank you! I didn’t think about warming it in the microwave. (Obviously I’m new to this.) I thought you would put it in a pan on the stove to warm it, and that seemed the same as just cooking it. I definitely see the advantages now.


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