26 Ground Beef Recipes to Make in Your Slow Cooker
There's a lot you can do with ground beef in your slow cooker. Plus, ground beef will last three to four months in the freezer, so stockpiling this staple ingredient will serve you well. From hearty comfort foods like lasagna, chili, and meatloaf, to lightened-up soups and stews, these are the easy, hands-off ground beef slow cooker recipes you'll want to have on hand for busy weeknights.
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
The tangy, sweet-heat meatballs are a classic special occasion appetizer. They can be served straight from the slow cooker to keep them warm throughout the duration of the evening.
Cabbage Rolls II
Cabbage leaves are stuffed with ground beef, onion, and rice, and simmered low and slow in a tomato-based sauce. It's a satisfying, budget-friendly dinner that requires minimal prep work.
Slow Cooker Lasagna
Cooking lasagna in a slow cooker means no pre-cooking the noodles. Simply start by simmering the ground beef and tomato mixture, layer with lasagna noodles and a creamy cheese blend, and let the slow cooker do the rest!
Slow Cooker Chili II
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf
The slow cooker is the secret to super-moist meatloaf. A ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce adds a tangy-sweet flavor.
Slow Cooker Enchiladas
Cabbage Beef Soup
Ground beef, cabbage, tomato sauce, kidney beans, and onions make up the bulk of this wholesome soup that's best enjoyed on a cool autumn day.
Meat-Lover's Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
If you prefer a rich, chunky meat sauce, look no further than this top-rated spaghetti sauce. The combination of Italian sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, and spices is enough to make anyone leave the jarred sauce behind.
Grandpa's Classic Coney Sauce
Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna
Here's an unusual take on lasagna (and not just because it's cooked in the slow cooker): Layers of meat sauce, ravioli, and cheese make for a delicious, fuss-free take on lasagna.
Slow Cooker Pizza
What's even easier than ordering pizza? This slow cooker "pizza." Alternate layers of browned ground beef, rigatoni pasta, mozzarella cheese, tomato soup, pizza sauce, and pepperoni make up this super simple six-ingredient recipe.
Slow Cooker Bolognese
Hamburger Soup II
Here's a nourishing, slow-cooked soup loaded with beef, potatoes, celery, onion, peas, and carrots. Chop the veggies ahead of time to save time on busy weeknights.
Spicy Pumpkin Chili
Texas Cowboy Baked Beans
Hobo Beef and Vegetable Soup
"My grandma called this soup Hobo Soup. She said it was something they made way back when, out of whatever they had available in their garden and shelves," says recipe creator Amanda Combs. "It is a large dish (they were a family of 10), so have a big pot or slow cooker!"
Slow Cooker Ground Beef Stew
In this chili-like dish, ground beef, bacon, and beans are cooked in a sweet, thickened sauce. Some reviewers suggest playing with the amount of brown sugar to reach your desired level of sweetness.
Steph's Zesty Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Cooking these meatballs in the slow cooker allows the sweet and sour sauce to permeate the meat. Serve over steamed white rice.
Easy Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Using frozen cooked meatballs means there's very little prep involved in making these Swedish meatballs. Serve over egg noodles to soak up the creamy gravy.
Slow Cooker Taco Bean Soup
It's hard to beat a good taco soup, especially one that allows you to dump all the ingredients in a slow cooker and forget about it! Top with tortilla chips, avocado, shredded cheese, or anything you'd like.
Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli Soup
Pasta e fagioli literally translates to "pasta and beans." Here it's served up in soup form for a comforting cold weather dish: "Got this going early in the day and enjoyed a hearty, robust soup for dinner with a side salad and a hot baguette," says Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat.
Mexican Cheese and Hamburger Dip
Sloppy Joes for a Crowd
This recipe makes a whopping 24 servings, so you'll want to have it on hand for potlucks and events (although it can easily be scaled down).
Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs
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