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Freezer Cooking with Ground Beef and Turkey (Recipe: Lawnmower Taco)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 5, 2010 @ 9:45 am In Freezer Cooking,Good Eats,Main Dishes,Popular Posts,Recipes | 39 Comments

My fourth son is rather picky. This is his very favorite meal in the whole wide world: Lawnmower Taco. It is pretty fab, if I do say so myself. And very freezer-friendly [4]. For more budget-friendly foods that kids love, go here [5].

Lawnmower Taco | Life as MOM [6]

As I mentioned earlier this week, I planned several freezer meals using ground beef and turkey [7]. While we prefer the taste of ground beef over turkey. However, my reading would say that a little less beef in our diet might be better for us. So, I tried to substitute some turkey for beef in my June cooking plan.

Ground meats lend themselves so well to freezer cooking [8]. Whether precooked or not, meals made with ground meat do really well.

Inexpensive Sources of Ground Beef

My target price for ground beef or turkey is $2 or less per pound. This is generally not possible to find in my area unless I find the meat on sale or marked down. Costco sells lean ground beef regularly for $2.99/pound, ground turkey for $2.29/pound. A good sale in these here parts runs about $1.99 per pound. This past week there was no good sale, so I bought a combination of turkey and beef at Costco. With that ten pounds, I prepared Round One of my June Freezer Cooking Plan [7].

I knew that I wanted to make a few more beef items later in the week, but unfortunately, Wednesday’s sales weren’t very promising. However, a trip to the grocery store on Wednesday night revealed a sweet deal [9]. I found ten pounds of ground beef for $1.49! Whoo hoo!


Good Cooking

So, once I found my beef for a good deal, I got to cooking. I did two rounds of freezer cooking.

Round One

  • Meat SauceI made a variation on my red sauce [11] by adding cooked, ground  turkey. This simmered on the stove while I prepared the other items. Then, I divided it into quart containers, cooled them, and froze it.
  • Hamburgers – I used three pounds of ground beef and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Then I divided the meat into 12 portions and flattened them into patties. I flash froze them just until they wouldn’t stick together in the freezer. Then I stored them in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  • Chimichangas [11] – These are actually frozen burritos that we can microwave or crisp on the griddle at serving time. I used seasoned taco meat [12], homecooked pinto beans [13], and grated cheese. I soften the flour tortillas by warming them on the griddle so that they don’t crack when they roll them. And I’ve found Steamy Kitchen’s way of rolling eggrolls [14] to be an excellent way to roll burritos. (Just imagine that her egg roll wrapper is round, not square.) I stored these in freezer bags.
  • Lawnmower Taco – This is a simple casserole my kids love. We called it Lawnmower Taco since it, well, looks like a taco that got stuck in a lawnmower. It’s a recipe that many of you have requested [7]. How could I resist?

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook [15] from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.

Coming up Next: More Ground Beef Freezer Meals [16]

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[7] several freezer meals using ground beef and turkey: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/my-june-freezer-cooking-plan.html

[8] freezer cooking: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/preparing-for-freezer-cooking.html

[9] revealed a sweet deal: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/grocery-geek-presents-shopping-for-bulk-cooking.html

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[11] my red sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html

[12] seasoned taco meat: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/pinto-beans-taco-meat-and-roasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes.html

[13] homecooked pinto beans: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos.html

[14] Steamy Kitchen’s way of rolling eggrolls: http://steamykitchen.com/65-my-mothers-famous-chinese-egg-rolls.html

[15] Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1558327568/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1558327568&linkCode=as2&tag=oflwtf-20

[16] More Ground Beef Freezer Meals: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/more-ground-beef-freezer-meals.html

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