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Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

By September 29, 2014 Freezer Prep Session

Raise your hand if you like to buy in bulk.  Here’s everything you need to know to turn six pounds of ground beef into crockpot freezer meals in 50 minutes or less!

Crockpot Freezer Meals Made With Ground Beef

Last week, I shared how to prep six chicken freezer crockpot meals in 30 minutes.  We like to eat a variety of meat, so this week I bought six pounds of ground beef and turned it into six crockpot freezer meals.

Here’s what I made…


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What’s so great about these ground beef crockpot freezer meals?

  • They’re healthy recipes that your family is sure to love.
  • You can take advantage of sales and buy the ingredients in bulk.
  • In 50 minutes time, you’ll have six dinners waiting in your freezer.

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

I froze all of my meals raw, so they were very easy and quick to prep.  Plus, they’ll cook for the first time out of the freezer and won’t taste like leftovers at all.  Wahoo!

If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, check out this info from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.  I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and learned that freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds).  That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe. 

I measure all of the recipes in my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and calculate nutritional info, but I don’t do that in everyday life.  I would guess that the beef vegetable soup and black bean chili will feed 4-6 adults and the Mexican chili with cornbread topping will feed four. 

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

I had the spices on-hand and bought everything else at ALDI for $56.  The ground beef was $4.99 per pound.  Finding a cheaper price for meat would definitely cut down on the cost.

If you’re a regular reader, you might notice something different in these pics.  I usually use these freezer bags (affilliate link), but I’m testing out ALDI’s.  I’ll let you know what I think.

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

Lastly, here’s how I prep my meals quickly and efficiently…

  1. I do all of my shopping ahead of time.  If possible, even a day or two in advance.
  2. When possible, I fill out my freezer meal labels ahead of time. (This saves time when prepping the meals and makes me focus on writing legibly.)
  3. I print my recipes so I don’t have search for them on my phone/computer/tablet.
  4. On the prep day, I get out all of the necessary ingredients.
  5. I prep the veggies first.  This step takes the most time, but it makes me so happy to prepare healthy meals for my family.
  6. Then, I open all of the cans and work in an assembly line to fill the bags with their vegetables, beans, spices and sauces.
  7. I add the ground beef to the freezer bags last so it’s the first ingredient poured into my crockpot.

Seal, freeze, and thaw before cooking.  Easy, I promise!  

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!


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    • Kelsey says:

      I just wanted to say that I just prepped these tonight! Thanks so much for sharing the grocery list as it made the whole process much easier for me and actually made this doable. It took me about 50 minutes as stated in the title 🙂 the Mexican chili with cornbread is in the crockpot as we speak (;

    • Jana says:

      Is there any reason you couldn’t just put this in the crockpot frozen? You’d probably have to cut it out of the bag, but would save time or help if you forget to take it out the night before.

      • Kelly says:

        The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends thawing meat before cooking in the crockpot. I know a lot of people cook frozen meat in the crockpot, but since it is not recommended, I don’t. If I forget to thaw a meal, I set the bag in water until it thaws enough to break apart and add to the crockpot.

  • Kelly says:

    Visiting from Moneysavingmom : ) Thanks for your post, I was looking for some yummy new ways to use the last of our peppers and zucchini from the garden. As a FT working mom of three little girls, crockpot meals save me!

  • Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing these freezer meal plans! I pulled together the chicken meals yesterday and while it took me longer than 30 minutes, it was very exciting to have my freezer filling up again. One thing I did notice, these recipes will need to be doubled in the future, for my family. I am taking that into account for these beef recipes.

  • Anna says:

    Thanks for the info, Kelly! I am trying to do some freezer cooking today (still new at this) and was wondering if I could mix up meals with raw meat like this beforehand. So, I am now going to get off the computer and go do it! Just one question – you write a “use by” date on the top of your bags. How do you figure out what your “use by” date should be?

    • Kelly says:

      Definitely, the best thing to do is jump right in! For the “use by” date, I write three months from when the meals are prepped.

  • Riann says:

    No browning of the ground beef before hand huh? I’ve never done that before.

  • Natalie says:

    What is the best way to thaw a frozen bag without a microwave cooking it?

  • D says:

    Does the lack of cooking the ground beef ahead of time cause the meals to be greasy?

  • Kacy says:

    Question about these recipes..isn’t the finished product greasy since you don’t drain the ground beef at any point?

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  • Bethany says:

    Can’t wait to try these!! My ground beef is already frozen (we bought 1/4 of a cow). Because I can’t thaw and refreeze, how would browning the beef ahead of time affect the crock-pot time?

    • Kelly says:

      If anything, it will decrease it. It might stay the same though because you want the veggies to get soft. If the meat is frozen in one pound packages, no need to thaw. Just add it to the bags frozen.

  • tane says:

    on the recipe for cornbread is it just a jiffy mix you poured on top for the last hour and thank you for all the recipes love them

  • Irene says:

    I think the shopping list should read 15oz can of black beans X4, not X2. The beef and black bean chili calls for 2 cans of black beans and the recipe is being made twice. Thanks for the recipes! Plan to try this today.

    • Kelly says:

      You’re right! Thank you so much for catching that!! Now I’m wondering if I only added one can to each bag… I’m sure it would taste good either way.

  • Irene says:

    These are wonderful recipes! I made them last week, we have tried one of each and really liked them! Thanks for posting them.

  • Souad says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I’ve been looking into freezer slow cooker meals to minimize all the time spent in the kitchen and have healthy meals after work for my hubby and I. However I leave a early in the morning and am not back before 10 hours, so I don’t get to stir the mixture, is that a problem? Also, my crockpot doesn’t have a timer and only have two temperature settings. So if it cooks on low for 10 hours is that alright?


    • Kelly says:

      10 hours is probably too long for most recipes, but it depends on your crockpot and the recipe itself (for example, a beef roast would be ok that long in my 4-qt pot). I would highly recommend buying a crockpot with a timer that switches to warm. I have also heard of people using light timers to switch off their crockpot after 8 hours. In general, I’d stay away from chicken recipes because they’re most likely to dry out.

      No need to stir.

      Hope this helps!

  • Auna says:

    I have also heard of some using a timer to wait to turn on the crock pot until the correct time. You just probably wouldn’t want to thaw the meal as much.

  • Ginger says:

    Do you have calorie counts per serving on any of these? I’m doing WW Plus points and am looking for a way to figure it for these. Thanks if you do, if not I’ll keep searching.

  • Carrie says:

    if you guys are really worried about the raw beef, just dump all of your beef into your crockpot and cook for a few hours. Drain and then use in your freezer meals. Much easier than standing over the stove and making messes.

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  • Thanks so much!
    I find it hard to find good ground beef freezer meals! I hope you don’t mind, but I added your link to my blog.

  • Riann says:

    We’ve had all three of these and they are all wonderful! My kids, 2 and 5, had seconds of the black bean chili!

  • Brittiany says:

    How many does this serve? We have a family of 7, so would I need to double?

    • Kelly says:

      I would say the soup and chili have 4-6 and the chili with cornbread has 4. It will depend on the age of your kids, but you might want to at least double the meat. If you double everything in the recipe it might not fit in your crockpot.

  • Linda Bell says:

    I have a question instead of using can blackbeans cani use dry ones? But just add more water when I start to cook! Thanks for your time in this matter. How will I know when you answer this?

  • Christa says:

    So what will it taste like if I cook the beef first ?:) I have time and I just have the desire 🙂 🙂 I’m going to costco tomorrow and get the ingredients.. YAY you are awesome.

    • Kelly says:

      Go right ahead. They’ll all still taste great. Just cool the meat to room temperature before adding to the freezer bags.

  • Stacey says:

    I think I’m going to attempt this tomorrow. My question is about the texture of the beef. Does it not all cook into one piece? Or do you need to stir it or break it up somehow before cooking?

  • Sarah says:

    I have stumbled across your blog using my Pinterest account and I am completely mesmerised! I have been reading it all day (admittedly I was supposed to be working, but oh well!) and printing things off in a bid to start using your ideas this weekend and I cannot wait!! My poor slow-cooker has been sat at the back of my cupboard for so long it probably won’t work and I will have to get a new one, but fingers crossed!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas. Are your books available in the UK?? If so I think I will have to put one on my Christmas list this year. If not, I will keep printing and having fun with the ones you share on your blog 🙂

  • Rhonnie says:

    I have made five different bags and have them in my freezer. Just knowing that they are there has reduced my work-related stress! Do you have any meatless meals? Thank you for your website, recipies, tips, etc. I have told many people about it.

  • Jenny says:

    Did you make those cool lables?
    I love it–especially if you want to bless a family with new baby for the weeks after all the meals stop! You know those weeks when you can get up and around but you are still working on baby’s schedule/getting back to housework routines, etc… and just haven’t gotten to figuring out the menu part!!

  • Amber says:

    How do you like the Aldi bags?

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  • kate says:

    Why do you not brown the ground beef first? I know it adds time but there’s too much grease.

  • Betty says:

    I’ve been trying some of the recipes! Love them. However, yesterday, I did 6 hours on HIGH instead of LOW, and my chicken was a bit crispy. OOOOPS!

    The other thing is. I have Granite counters. Putting the frozen baggie on the counter usually thaws pretty quickly.

    Also, I am cooking for two. So, my ingredients are less than the recipes you generally use. Trying to cook healthy for the two of us, with not much if any, leftovers.

    Never been to an ‘Aldi’. Usually shop at local grocery store, and either Costco or Sam’s club buying in bulk.

    How about creating some recipes using beans of different types? I’ve always used ‘canned’ beans when making chili. recently, tried soaking a bunch of red kidney beans, then laid them on a cookie sheet, froze them then put in Ziplock bags and put in freezer. Made chili last night using them and it was awesome! There was actually flavor to the beans rather than the mushiness of canned beans.

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  • Janel says:

    Thanks for sharing! How long do you have to cook the meals before they go bad?

  • diannerigdon says:

    I made these! Actually I made this set and the six chicken meals at the same time. It was actually fun, although time consuming. Next time I am going to make the kids help! But I did want to say that we had the Chili and Cornbread tonight and it was loved! I used Pacific Organic Tomato Soup because we are trying to be gluten free, which was delicious, although not cheap. It did add a little more liquid, I think, because the chili was a bit runny. I added a can of beans and we were good to go. We used Bob’s Redmill GF Cornbread mix and it, too, was delish. This is probably the most accomplished I have felt in the kitchen for a LONG time!

  • Tracy says:

    I am making these recipes right now, usually I spend an entire day cooking food and freezing the food for future meals, I stumbled upon your site through google and eagerly got to choppin last night to save time today. I wanted to point out that you could make these dishes even cheaper by buying dehydrated beans instead of canned. I bought a 2kg bag of beans for 3.49 as opposed to a small can of beans for 1.20. looking forward to trying these recipes, and will check back again when i pull out the bulk frozen chicken in the freezer when i get time.

  • peggy Williams says:

    Where did you purchase the stands to hold the freezer bags?? I do also that you for all of you recipes and directions. I really appreciate it! !

  • TJ says:

    Very helpful! But i doubt your freezer actually freezes to 0 dgrees F, as that is 32 degrees below what we call freezing (which refers to the temp at which water freezes). Maybe you mean Celsius? It’s cooking to proper temp that makes it safe to prep this way, having raw meat with veg, so please encourage your readers to check temps and cook all meats and meat dishes to proper temps.

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  • […] 6 Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes ($56 or $9.33/meal) – This freezer meal plan includes recipes for beef vegetable soup, Mexican beef chili with cornbread topping, and beef black bean chili.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  These are the best recipes to make when ground beef is on sale.  They are so yummy. […]

  • […] 6 Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes ($56 or $9.33/meal) – This freezer meal plan includes recipes for beef vegetable soup, Mexican beef chili with cornbread topping, and beef black bean chili.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  These are the best recipes to make when ground beef is on sale.  They are so yummy. […]

  • Ashley says:

    Is it crucial to thaw meals before putting in crockpot? Could you do a longer cook time and put them in frozen?

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      That’s fine, as long as they’re thawed enough to break them apart. The meals with sauce freeze into solid square blocks.

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