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30 Crock Pot Ground Beef Recipes: How to Make the Best Meals

In summary: The easy and tasty crockpot ground beef recipes include Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup, Crock Pot Beefy Potato Taco Casserole, Crock pot Sloppy Joes, etc. The recipes offer easy and convenient meal options for busy families, with the crockpot doing most of the cooking work.

If you have been wondering what to do with that double portion of beef mince sitting in the fridge then these ground beef crockpot recipes are here to save the day.

This is by far one of the most versatile ingredients ever discovered and is used for thousands of dishes across the world.

Now, with this collection of quick and easy crockpot ground beef recipes you won’t have to worry about what to make for dinner or lunch during the week, and these recipes essentially cook themselves.

They are no fuss, no effort, and well worth the try when the family routine and schedule of activities seems to be getting busier by the day.

#1. Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup recipe

This recipe could not be easier if it was tried, and is a meal prepared in pretty much 3 steps, not counting the eating and enjoying step of course.

You simply brown the beef and onions with butter and garlic (if you like, in our house garlic is a must on everything), throw the cooked ingredients into the crock pot with the rest of the items, and turn it on ready to come back in the late afternoon.

The flavors are absorbed by the mince, and the liquid intensifies as the dish continues its slow cooking process throughout the day.

Eaten as is a meal not to be missed, but paired with crusty garlic bread and second helpings will for sure be on the cards.

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#2. Crock Pot Beefy Potato Taco Casserole

Potatoes, beef, and cheese are a winning combination that will stand the test of time.

As everything simmers in the crockpot for hours during the day while you carry on with the household chores you start to get the waft of the aromas enticing you to try a bowl.

But you cannot, not yet.

As the old saying goes, you can’t rush a great thing.

And this is one minced beef method you will want to have the best version of.

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#3. Crock pot Sloppy Joes  

You can never go wrong with this easy ground beef crockpot recipe, and who would have thought that sloppy Joes could be made in a slow cooker?

It takes no time at all to make this recipe and it is a firm favorite around the world.

The options to garnish or add extra layers to the brioche rolls are endless and eaten as is and if you opt for no toppings, it is just as delicious.

Soft beef mince spooned into fresh rolls with cheese slices and ketchup (for the kids) this dish is quickly whipped up any time of the day or week.

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#4. Ground beef stew with potatoes

Everything in one place ready to serve is the kind of meal that works well in our house.

There are no thousand serving utensils floating around or hundreds of little dishes with condiments or accompaniments, all you need is a good-sized ladle and bowls for serving.

The hardy vegetables are a must during the cold winter months and the minced beef adds a good amount of protein.

When it comes to crock pot recipes you want something simple, quick, and easy, and this easy ground beef meal does just that.

Add a few chunks of warm bread to the side plate and your family will be warm and cozy with filled tummies.

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#5. Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

A creamy, ground beef crockpot recipe combined with al dente noodles is a must for that midweek dinner when you need something effortless.

All the ingredients are thrown into the slow cooker, stir in a cream of mushroom tinned soup, and let the crockpot work its magic.

It can also be elevated if you are feeling sassy with fresh parmesan and shredded coriander to freshen the rich heaviness of the dish.

This is a fun option that is filling and requires no slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end trying to put together all the components.

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#6. American Goulash Crock Pot Recipe

Once the browned minced beef is added to the crock pot and topped with the other ingredients you can let it simmer away for a couple of hours.

In the last couple of hours, you add in the macaroni (or pasta of choice) and let them cook in the juice of the beef soaking up the flavors and swelling nicely to bulk up the dish.

Simply serve with grated cheese on top and some crusty croutons to add an element of texture.

You can be sure the kids love a crouton or two hanging about.

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#7. Crock-pot Cottage Pie

A classic dish will always be a classic, you can add spices or various garnishes but the fundamentals remain the same, and Shepherd’s Pie is one of those dishes.

Beef mince sprinkled with a rainbow of colorful vegetables, topped with soft mashed potato and a pinch of cinnamon (my grandmother swears this is how it has always been served) is a winter meal that will calm the soul.

This is a healthy, beef crock pot recipe that is great for those on specific eating plans or who are training at the gym but do not want to miss out on the family favorites.

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#8. Slow Cooker Taco Soup with Ground Beef

You may not have thought that beef mince could be used in a soup, let alone a soup that had taco seasoning and flavors, and yet we have both of those in this crockpot recipe.

And it works. Well.

Plus, it is packed with protein from the beans and is filling even without bread on the side.

If you don’t want to add bread or croutons you could try crushed tortilla chips, the kids will love to help crush and sprinkle them over the bowls for serving.

Taco night just got a winter upgrade. Make sure to add this dish to your list of ground beef slow cooker recipes to try.

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#9. French Onion Crock-Pot Meatloaf recipe

The name says it all, literally, a loaf of meat.

But this ground beef crock pot recipe is not just your average dish.

All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in a separate bowl to form a thick batter as such, place it in the slow cooker, and form into a loaf shape.

And that’s it.

Leave it to cook for several hours while you hang the laundry or catch up on your favorite series.

As the family comes home and washes up for dinner you can make a quick gravy either from a store-bought packet or by making a roux with the liquid the loaf is in.

Pour over the slices on the plates and you have a winner.

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#10. Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup

Finding crockpot recipes for ground beef is easier than you think, and the cooking process is just as quick.

This rich dish covers all the bases from hardy vegetables throughout, a thick creamy coating to fill the tummy, and a good amount of ground beef to give you the protein you need.

It is simple and easy to make, can be doubled to freeze half down for a rainy day, and other than turning it on and leaving it till you come home there is essentially no work involved.

The flavor of the cheese as it melts with the mince is always a hit with the kids and a perfect dish when it is cold outside.

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#11. Cheesy Bacon Cheeseburger Crock Pot Tater Tot Casserole

This crockpot recipe looks as good as it tastes and will have the kids lining up for seconds when they have it for dinner.

The cheese essentially melts and envelopes the entire dish bringing all the flavors seamlessly together, as you dish you see the juicy ground beef underneath the soft taters and the chees dripping down the serving spoon.

A generous green salad on the side always goes down well as this is quite a heavy meal.

You could even simply add cucumber slices on a side plate for the kids if they don’t like a full-on salad, something of a palate cleanser.

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#12. Easy Keto low carb ground beef crock pot chili

In recent years we have been more aware or concerned about our health, striving to live longer, healthier lives and this healthy beef crockpot recipe offers you the great taste of comfort food but without the carbs.

Leaving out the beans makes this suitable for a larger audience and is great if there are fussy eaters or allergies in the family.

It is saucy enough to serve with gluten-free wraps or chunks of sourdough, but hearty and filling enough to hold its own.

Topped with melted cheese the husband will love you for having it ready when he walks in the door after a tough day at the office.

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#13. Crock Pot Spicy Vegetable Beef Soup

It is no secret that children will have any creative excuse to get out of eating their vegetables.

This crock pot meal however brings it all to the table but cleverly disguises the dreaded vegetables under juicy meat and sauce and they will be none the wiser as they tuck into this delicious creation.

The spice element is great for that added bite but easily left out when serving kids, another option would be to sprinkle dried chili flakes on top of the adult’s dishes when serving.

A great appeal factor of this ground beef crockpot recipe is that it freezes and reheats exceptionally well so you could make it in large batches to put in the freezer for the next week.

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#14. Crock Pot Crustless Pizza

Yes, you read the name right.

Pizza. In a crockpot. Correct. And why not?

This may not be conventional but you can be sure it tastes fantastic, and if you are skeptical the proof is in the pudding as they say.

While it is made in the slow cooker it still has the fun factor of tailoring the toppings to your liking so the kids could each make a layer of their favorites and this way the whole family gets served from one dish.

Other than there being no crust (which is perfect for those carb-concerned, you wouldn’t know it was made in a crockpot. Win-win.

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#15. BBQ beans with smoked sausage, bacon, and ground beef 

Just thinking about this dish gets my mouth watering.

We have had this dish on our dinner table more times than I can count, a true family favorite, and for good reason.

It has everything you could want or think of in a great supper meal, Smokey sausages, and BBQ sauce which is a flavor everyone loves and is packed with beans and tomato.

The kids love it, and it tastes great scooped into rolls to eat (outside preferably on a warm summer’s evening) and enjoy licking your fingers as the sauce drips down.

Be sure to have plenty of napkins at hand because this is not your ‘first-date’ type of meal when eaten between fresh brioche buns, but the taste is worth it.

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#16. Best crock pot cheese dip

The perfect starter or snack platter dip dish to serve for arrival drinks.

It is filling, rich, and creamy to stop the guests from getting ‘hangry’ (angry because they are hungry) but not so much that the main course is left to waste.

A simple sauce that is ready in no time.

Frying the beef, adding the seasoning and onions and before you know it that crockpot you turned on a few hours ago now has a delicious, hot cheese dip to serve with tortilla chips or crusted crouton fingers.

The ultimate summer BBQ condiment.

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#17. Crock-Pot Calico Beans with bacon, ground beef and four kinds of beans

They say that beans are good for the heart and this healthy beef crock pot recipe hits the mark.

My children never particularly enjoyed eating beans saying they were boring and tasted stodgy, but since I convinced them (yes I had to persuade them due to years of bland bean dishes) they have never looked back.

A technique that takes beans to a whole new level.

Besides the fact that the beef helps bring it together, the sauce is tangy but still sweet and sticky but movable, for them, it ticks all the boxes.

This is a tried and tested recipe that is great for kids.

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#18. Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

We love easy slow cooker ground beef recipes that combine two family favorite dishes, soup, and stuffed peppers.

Eating a soup before the stuffed pepper is overwhelmingly filling (trust me we have tried), so why not combine them?

You have all the fun of slurping up a soup (don’t kids’ just always ‘have’ to make that noise) but the flavors of a stuffed pepper.

Stuffed peppers were introduced in our home by my mother-in-law and when she heard I was turning them into a soup, I got a look.

But since sucking it up and trying it at our house for dinner one evening, she has now asked for the recipe.

A true mom-in-law impressing soup that is a success, and we could all use one of those, am I right?

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#19. Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe

We love taco night in our family but all the prep work makes it a mission to put together often, thankfully half the work is done with the beef mince simmering away while you do other things.

It takes no time at all to become tender and juicy and once the shells are lined up and the lettuce and salsa are done, the fun can begin.

Who doesn’t love constructing a meal, and you can add as much or as little of each ingredient which is great for the whole family.

The hardest part of this dish is trying to hold back on how many shells you want to fill.

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#20. Crock-pot Sweet Chili

A great dish for when you are hungry but not looking for a full-blown meal.

It’s summer, the heat is dying down, and dishing this simple meal without worrying about whether it is cooked or not is a mother’s dream.

You can have peace of mind knowing it has been bubbling away in its own juices and the flavor profile getting even stronger.

Serve with a thick slice of homemade focaccia, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of chives and you are good to go.

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#21. Enchilada Casserole

Cheesy wraps filled with saucy ground beef, tomatoes, and beans sound like heaven.

It also sounds like a lot of work, and time is not something we usually have lying freely around when we have kids and family to take care of.

Now you can still have enchiladas, simply chop the tortillas in as a layer between all the other goodness, top the whole thing with cheese and sit back and relax.

Everything cooks together and come dinner time when the kids run into the house from football practice you have a tasty meal that will fill the spot.

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#22. Crock Pot Spaghetti

If you have ever made spaghetti Bolognese for dinner (and this is more than likely) then you will know how many components you need to have on the go at one time for it all to come together in the end.

Using a crockpot to make it is half the battle won.

Add the cooked mince to the slow cooker, top with the rest of the stuff, pasta included, and cook till the pasta is al dente to soft.

As it softens the spices and flavors are absorbed and you will wonder why you never thought to do it like this before.

Sprinkle with cheese once dished or throw in grated cheese for the last 5 minutes to melt over everything.

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#23. Slow Cooker Ground Beef Chili Mac and Cheese

Macaroni cheese is one dish that is essentially flop proof, and even more so when done in the crockpot.

The best part of the recipe is that it is not only easy but can be done quickly if need be, simply by turning the slow cooker to high as opposed to low to plod along during the day while you carry on with life.

You will notice how the smell soon drifts through the house and by lunchtime you have a hearty meal that the neighborhood kids, which are over, will rave about to their parents.

A small station of different cheeses for them to grab from to put on top and they’ll be quiet for at least 15-mins.

Do you need anything more than that?

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#24. Cabbage Roll Soup

Cabbage has always been known to be one of the healthiest ingredients whether it is pickled, fried, or even soaked in hot olive oil for salads.

Now you can add one more version to your recipe book, and have it with beef mince for the main course meal.

This is a quick one-pot meal that lasts for a few days in the fridge (if it’s possible) and freezes just as well.

And what is surprising to many people is that you can take the frozen portion out of the freezer and straight into the slow cooker and it will taste just as good a few hours later when supper time arrives.

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#25. Crock Pot Fritos Taco Bowl

You could opt to use taco shells or chips or even one large taco bowl I have seen from time to time in the supermarket.

The main objective is not to miss out on taco night, and this variation of taco night allows you the comfort of a great meal without the fuss and hassle.

Leaving the meat and spices to cook on low all day gives a fuller, deeper flavor.

If using tortilla chips put a layer on the plate and spoon the cooked mince on top spread out. Layer with fresh lettuce, avocado, and tomato and to really kick things up a notch, a spoon of sour cream.

A dream on a plate.

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#26. Slow Cooker Baked Ziti Recipe

If you’re looking for delicious crockpot recipes with ground beef, this one is another must-have. In a nutshell, this is basically a lasagna made in the crockpot.

But takes a quarter of the time to prep and almost no effort.

Layer everything in the slow cooker and the job is done a few hours later, but until then you can do the grocery shopping, laundry, and pick the kids up from school and come home to a ready meal.

Is this even possible?

Well, thankfully, it has been tried and tested and waiting for you to live your best life with ease of cooking.

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#27. Crock Pot Salisbury steak

I was quite unsure to be honest when I came across this recipe but since trying it I have been an avid campaigner for my friends and family to try it.

It is so simple.

You spice the minced beef to your preference, mold it into patties, and place it in the crockpot. Top with a mushroom and broth combination sauce, turn it on, and come back to it when the sunsets.

I couldn’t believe it was so easy, but when I tried it (sneakily before serving it to the family- just in case) I was blown away by the taste.

Let’s just say I served them with confidence.

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#28. Bourbon Meatballs

The ultimate dish is easily made into 3 times the portion size if need be without losing any of that special taste.

Homemade meatballs taste much better than store-bought ones on any day, but when they’ve been simmering in a sweet, Bourbon creation that is tangy enough to coat the meatballs but still give them breathing room, you know you are onto something good.

Serve in a baguette for the hubby and guys while they shout to the game on the TV, or onto a generous portion of mashed potato for a quick dinner fix when you really don’t want to cook.

A versatile result that offers something for everyone.

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#29. Crockpot Picadillo

This super easy healthy ground beef crockpot recipe is perfect for people on a low-carb keto meal plan.

While it still has all the spiciness and flavor profile of a traditional Cuban dish, you can substitute the rice element for cauliflower rice.

Sauté the ingredients besides the cauliflower and pop into the slow cooker for a few hours.

Steam the cauliflower in the last hour or so and into the blender to resemble rice. A quick fry of the cauliflower and it is ready to serve alongside this humble yet bold dish waiting for you in the crockpot.

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#30. Ground Beef Gnocchi

Winter is no match for this dinner meal.

It is full to the top with thick cream and pasta, minced beef that has absorbed the rich flavor of the cooking broth, and when sprinkled with parmesan is a dish for royals.

So simple to put together it is a fun way for the family to get involved too, whether stirring or making homemade gnocchi.

A hands-down winner when you don’t know what to make.

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Final words

As summer approaches and the days become lazier the last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen.

This simple and easy-to-make collection of crock pot meals with ground beef will make things that much easier and there are so many more to choose from so be sure to head to our blog for recipes that make life easier.

Remember, you can always freeze ground beef if you buy in bulk to save money, and you can thaw the frozen ground beef to make these meals easily.


Can you put raw ground beef in crock pot?

Yes, you can put raw ground beef in a crock pot, but it’s generally recommended to brown or cook the ground beef before adding it to the crock pot to ensure proper texture and flavor in the final dish.

Can you put ground beef in crock pot without browning?

Yes, you can put ground beef in a crock pot without browning it first, but it may result in a different texture and flavor compared to browning the meat beforehand.

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