Party-Pleasing Beef Dish Recipe
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Party-Pleasing Beef Dish Recipe

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"I often prepare this mild spaghetti sauce-like mixture when I'm not sure how many guests are coming," says Glee Witzke of Crete, Nebraska. "It's easy to fix, easy to serve with tortilla chips and toppings and easy to clean up."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • Tortilla chips
  • Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, sliced ripe olives, sour cream, chopped tomatoes and taco sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without chips and toppings): 155 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, garlic and seasonings.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Add rice; cover and cook 10 minutes longer. Serve over tortilla chips with toppings of your choice. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Party-Pleasing Beef Dish in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p37

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pamos User ID: 1956807 85638
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"Very tasty and easy. Everyone loved it!"

ch_bronte User ID: 3194939 204877
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2008

"This recipe just didn't have much flavor & it was too sweet."

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 204876
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2008

"It's a slow-cooker recipe and you are just 'heating through' (beef and onion are cooked). If you want to fix it 'right now', mix it altogether in a skillet and heat it through. It should take you about 30 minutes. (If that's what your question mark meant, jofus86.)"

jofus86 User ID: 3004580 49099
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2008

"cook on low for 4 hours?"

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