What To Do With 12 Pounds of Ground Beef

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I spent this morning in the kitchen, tackling 12 pounds of ground beef and filling the freezer for later in the month. I didn’t get to all the things I mentioned in my list yesterday, but I’m still pretty pleased with what I did accomplish. (Including the hour long nap that I took with our two youngest once we were done in the kitchen.)

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So, what exactly do you do with 12 pounds of ground beef? Well, here’s what I did:

  • 10 meatloaf cups
  • 21 meatballs
  • 2 containers of chili with beans
  • 1 bag of sloppy joe meat
  • 1 bag of beef & gravy (for either shepherd’s pie, pot pie or ground beef stroganoff)
  • 1 bag of spaghetti sauce
  • 12 brown bags burritos
  • 2 bags of browned ground beef to be used for whatever throughout the month
  • Cheeseburger pie (which we had for dinner tonight)
  • Easy taco bake

I store most of our freezer food in plastic freezer bags since we are limited on space with only an above the fridge freezer. They stack nicely when frozen flat, especially when they are filled with sauces.

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It only took 4 hours to get all of those things done too, which is not bad at all considering how much time I saved.

I’ve definitely been out of this freezer-cooking habit for the past 8 months or so. And I’ve been asking myself why all day long! Sure, I’ve done junior-sized baking days and things like that, but nothing like this has been done in a while! Hopefully starting the new year on the right foot will make it easier to keep this up all year long.

We shall see…

As for today’s recipe, I have to share the recipe for this Easy Taco Bake. I thought I had posted it before and was shocked when I couldn’t find it in the archives. It is so easy, so good and full of flavor, and freezer friendly.

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Easy Taco Bake

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 2 c. frozen corn
  • 2 c. Bisquick (or homemade substitute – here is the recipe I use for homemade bisquick.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk

1. Brown the ground beef with the onion and green pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drain when done.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, seasonings and corn. Spread into a 13×9 casserole dish.

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3. In a small bowl, combine Bisquick (or homemade substitute), eggs and milk until mostly smooth. Pour over the meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.

You can add cheese to the casserole if you want. However, I like to top individual servings with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese. But the choice is totally yours.

This post is being linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed With Grace, Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and $5 Dinner Challenge at $5 Dinners.

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Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I am so impressed! Great job!!!! I like to prepare bags of ground turkey cooked with onions, and then half of dinner is done when you do something like add a jar of spaghetti sauce or add the meat to a box of Hamburger Helper. Easy! LOVE THAT!

  2. You did an awesome job! This year I am really going to try to do freezer cooking. Do you reuse your reusable trays?

  3. Creative Gal says:

    Yeah! Sounds yummy!!

  4. Jen Blacker says:

    I usually make “Taco Ring” with the Pillsbury crescent rolls. I’m going to try it your way this month, it would save some money.

  5. gina says:

    The taco casserole sounds great! You said its good for the freezer. I’m assuming you freeze it and then bake it when you’re ready to serve it???

  6. I am so impressed with your beef cooking day!! Great job! You inspire me! Love this taco bake recipe. Will be making it very soon! Thanks for linking to TMTT.

  7. Brenda says:

    What a great thing to do and a timesaver for other days. It all looks delicious.

  8. Katja says:

    Wow – great job!! I have a question on the taco bake.. do you add the bisquick topping afther thawing and bake it then or do you prepare it all the way to the end and then freeze it?? My goal for this year is to start freezer cooking so I am new to it… thanks and greetings from Germany!
    Katja

  9. Joyce says:

    What a great idea. I have often thought of trying OAMC, you make this lot look so easy!

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  11. Amanda says:

    So if you brown the ground beef, do you wait until it cools, and then add it to a freezer bag and then freeze?

    I have venison left over from the season and I’d like to make it easier to manage during meal times, I think I am going to try almost everything you have listed on here.

  12. Beth Henry says:

    I WAS excited about making this as a freezer meal. But now I’m half way through it and I see you don’t have instructions on how to make it a freezer meal. Do you cook it with the biscuit topping BEFORE freezing it? Do you put the meat mixture in a bag to freeze and add the biscuit topping after thawed? Do you freeze the complete recipe and then bake it after thawed? I see that several others have asked you some of these questions months ago yet you have not posted a response. As it is nearly 11pm I’m extremely irritated that I’m still awake trying to figure this out. My purpose here was originally to save time and frustration. :(

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