Double Batch Ground Beef/Turkey

Double Batch Ground Beef/Turkey

I don’t always have time to coupon or have the perfect timing to run across a sale at our local grocery store. But I have found a way to stretch ground meat that we use on a regular basis by adding in extra veggies and seasonings. I usually buy meat in bulk, cook up a large batch and freeze in 1/2 pound to 1 pound batches. I want to share the recipe I used for my

September Meal Plan where I had 6 meals planned that called for taco meat. Alternately, this recipe is easily tweaked for Italian dishes too.

For this month I happened to stumble upon a family pack of Ground Turkey Meat at Kroger for $5.99. The normal “sale price” is $3.39/pound. But, there are further discounted meats on sale at the back of the store in a special section. These meats are still good, but usually have a Use By/Freeze By date of the same day or the next day. If I bought 3 pounds of ground turkey meat for the regular “sale price” of $3.39/pound, I would have ended up paying a little over $10 for the same 3 pound family pack. I don’t always run across these deals, but I DO regularly use this recipe to pre-cook batches to save both time and money.

Prep time:  10 mins

Cook time:  15-20 minutes

Cooling Time: 15-20 minutes

Assembly time:  10 mins
Total Time:50 minutes-1 hour
Serves: 6 Meals
Taco Meat INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Green Pepper
  • 1 Cup Carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 Cups Zucchini, finely chopped
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 26 oz can Ranch Style Pinto Beans (or called Western Beans at Aldi)
  • 6 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning (you can use store bought or make your own)
  • 1 Cup Salsa
  • 1 Cup of Water

Quart Size Ziplock Freezer Bags

1 Black Sharpie Marker

Directions

  • Add veggies to Food Processor and finely chop (do not puree)
  • In a large 3 Quart Pan, add your turkey meat, and veggies. Cook on medium heat for about 8-10 minutes.
  •  Once meat is no longer pink, add your seasoning, beans, salsa, and 1 cup of water
  • Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. While the meat is simmering, label your freezer bags with a Sharpie Marker
  • Allow to cool, and disperse 2-3 cups of meat into Quart Size Freezer Ziplock Bags
  • Freeze until ready to use
Serves: 6 Meals
Italian Meat INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Cups Carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 pound Turkey Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 6 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning (you can use store bought or make your own)
  • 14.5 oz Can diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Water

Quart Size Ziplock Freezer Bags

1 Black Sharpie Marker

Directions

  • Add veggies to Food Processor and finely chop (do not puree)
  • In a large 3 Quart Pan, add your turkey meat, and veggies. Cook on medium heat for about 8-10 minutes.
  •  Once meat is no longer pink, add your seasoning, tomatoes, and 1 cup of water
  • Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. While the meat is simmering, label your freezer bags with a Sharpie Marker
  • Allow to cool, and disperse 2-3 cups of meat into Quart Size Freezer Ziplock Bags
  • Freeze until ready to use

Tip: My general rule of thumb is to add at least 1 cup of chopped veggies per pound of meat

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