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Basic Beef Starter

 Basic Beef Starter
Amie Wollgast prepares a savory combination of ground beef, onions and garlic, then stores it in her freezer. "This mixture has saved me many hours in the kitchen," says the Florissant, Missouri cook. It gives a head start on the two easy entrees that follow.
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min.


  • 5 pounds ground beef
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onions and garlic over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining
  • ingredients. Cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Cool.
  • Place about 2-3/4 cups each in four freezer containers. May be frozen
  • for up to 3 months. Yield: 4 portions (11-1/2 cups).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 267 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 819 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 26 g protein.