More Ground Beef Freezer Meals

With my second round of June’s freezer meals, I used about ten pounds of ground beef to make:

  • Seasoned Taco Meat – This makes for an easy dinner, just add toppings and tortillas or taco shells. I store the meat in plastic containers.
  • Chili – As a freezer meal, this is quick to reheat later and serve “as is” or use to top hot dogs. I cooked two batches in both my crockpots. We ate some for dinner and then I had enough to freezer for two more meals.
  • Meatballs – Meatballs are so versatile; I serve them on pasta in a red sauce or with gravy over mashed potatoes. I bake them in the oven, cool, and freeze in ziptop bags.
  • Meatloaf – I use the same mixture for meatloaf as for the meatballs, just in a different shape. I freeze meatloaf uncooked. On serving day, I thaw the loaf and bake fresh for dinner.

Next up: Freezer Cooking with Bone-in Chicken

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  1. Rebecca says:

    I had a bunch of taco meet left over from a big party and have been using it in a ton of things. Spaghetti sauce, soups, stir frys, potatoes, salads, chili, omlets… the list is endless really. I have it frozen in gallon bags and it is loose enough to just break off. I sure is great for quick meals and of course, tacos.

  2. How do you re-heat the meatballs after you’ve frozen them??

    Thanks!

  3. About how many meatballs will this recipe make?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      It depends on the size, about 48 medium sized. But, this batch made 2 meatloaves and 24 meatballs.

  4. How do you thaw/reheat the taco meat? I am getting excited to try my first freezer cooking day.

  5. Michelle K says:

    I’m going to make these meatballs for our Christmas dinner, but I’d like to cook them in the red sauce? Should I freeze them raw or still bake them and reheat w/ the sauce? I want to make sure they soak up the yumminess of YOUR red sauce!

  6. I’ve never made a roux or gravy before and added the flour and broth in the wrong oder my first time around. It was lumpy and clear and runny, gross! I dumped it out and started over and my gravy was amazing the second go round.

  7. Has anyone tried these with ground turkey meat? I’m curious if they would taste pretty similar or not.
    Thanks!!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      yes, I’ve made them with turkey.

      • Thanks so much, Jessica! Did you like them with turkey or did they turn out rubbery like the store-bought ones? Sorry to bother you; I just don’t want to waste 4 lbs of meat. :-)

        • Jessica Fisher says:

          Other than the basic taste difference of beef v. turkey, I think it works fine. But, you could easily divide the recipe in 4 and make a small batch first.

  8. When I have cooked ground beef (seasoned or not), frozen it, then thawed for a recipe, it seems to have a stale or “old” taste to it. My husband can tell every time when I’ve used gb that was not cooked fresh. It doesn’t seem to matter if it is in the freezer a short time, or long time. I generally used zip top freezer bags. Any ideas of what I need to do differently? It is so nice to have the meat already cooked, but I have gotten away from doing it since he doesn’t care for the taste. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.

  9. I was wondering–have you found a way to make egg-free meatballs/meatloaf since your youngest was diagnosed with an egg allergy?

    My husband is off of eggs as we’re doing an elimination diet to see if we can help his asthma, and he really enjoys meatloaf. I’ve been trying to find a recipe since there are so many foods he likes that he can’t have!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I do something different everytime, sometimes it’s add more liquid, like milk, or sometimes just omit it. I imagine flax seed meal + water would work in this instance as well. I haven’t made them in a long time, so I can’t remember. Sorry! I know how hard it is.

      • I have two children with egg allergies and one with wheat allergies. I make meatballs and meatloaves with ground oatmeal and no eggs. Works out great for us! I don’t add any liquids, etc to compensate.

    • Manette Gutterman says:

      I put shredded zucchini in my meatballs to avoid the egg. Just be sure you add extra breadcrumbs and get the consistency right enough so they will bind together and not fall apart.

  10. Can you freeze these meatballs uncooked? How about substituting oats for the bread crumbs?

  11. Just made a half a batch of these as meatballs for the freezer to try them out. Next time I’ll b making a full batch :) My husband and I fight over meatloaf recipes so to find something we both like was great! Thanks so much.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Had these the other night with spaghetti squash, red sauce, and broccoli. So good. Was thankful for the ONE leftover the next day. LOL Glad you like them!

  12. I remember learning about less mixing = more tender

    In order to save time and mental energy, can I pop all the un-meat ingredients into a food processor together, pulse a few times, and then hand mix the result into the meat?

    thanks!

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