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35 Ground Beef Recipes to Make in Your Slow Cooker

Serve up a satisfying supper with minimal effort with one of these cozy ground beef slow cooker recipes. With everything from lasagna to meatloaf, you'll never want to cook ground beef any other way.

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat LoafTaste of Home

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

When my husband and I were first married, he refused to eat meat loaf because he said it was bland and dry. Then I prepared this version, and it became his favorite meal. —Suzanne Codner, Starbuck, Minnesota

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Slow-Cooker Spaghetti & MeatballsTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs


I’ve been cooking 50 years and this dish is still one that guests ask for frequently. My No. 1 standby slow cooker meatballs recipe also makes amazing hero sandwiches, and the sauce works for any pasta. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
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Slow-Cooked Enchilada DinnerTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Enchilada Dinner


This layered Southwestern meal just can't be beat. It gets its spicy flavor from green chilies, chili powder and cumin. Using a slow cooker liner inside of the cooker makes it easier to lift and remove the meal so it can be cut into individual wedges. —Judy Ragsdale, Queen City, Texas
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Beef & Rice Stuffed Cabbage RollsTaste of Home

Beef & Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


This recipe is special to me because it’s an easy one-pot meal that tastes like you spent the whole day in the kitchen. My family loves it. —Lynn Bowen, Geraldine, Alabama
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Spicy Beef Vegetable StewTaste of Home

Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew


This zesty ground beef and vegetable soup is flavorful and fast to fix. It makes a complete meal when served with warm cornbread, sourdough bread or French bread if you can squeak in a few more calories. —Lynnette Davis, Tullahoma, Tennessee
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Cincinnati Chili DogsTaste of Home

Cincinnati Chili Dogs


My in-laws are from Ohio, so we have Cincinnati chili at many of our family gatherings. I spiced up this family classic with cinnamon and cocoa powder and ladled it over hot dogs. It's perfect for game day, tailgates and potlucks. —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan
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Mexican Beef-Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers


I grew up eating stuffed peppers and thought my husband would immediately love them as well. He didn't at first, but then I created this slow-cooked recipe. Because he loves fajitas and tacos, I created these peppers with all his favorite flavors tucked inside. —Nicole Sullivan, Arvada, Colorado
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Slow-Cooker GolombkiTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Golombki


I modified my mom's classic Polish dish to fit my hectic life. Instead of boiling the cabbage and then filling it with beef, I just toss the ingredients in the slow cooker. It's much easier and tastes just as good. —Mary Walker, Clermont, Florida
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Peppered MeatballsTaste of Home

Peppered Meatballs


Plenty of ground pepper gives these saucy meatballs their irresistible zest. They're so hearty, I sometimes serve them over noodles as a main course. —Darla Schroeder, Stanley, North Dakota
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Spicy GoulashTaste of Home

Spicy Goulash


Ground cumin, chili powder and a can of Mexican diced tomatoes jazz up my goulash recipe. Even the elbow macaroni is prepared in the slow cooker. —Melissa Polk, West Lafayette, Indiana
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Slow-Cooked Shepherd's PieTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Shepherd's Pie


Shepherd's pie is to the British as meat loaf is to Americans, so when I was a young child living in the U.K., I had it almost once a week. This is my go-to recipe when I'm longing for the sights and smells of my mother's kitchen. Turns out people here love it just as much! —Mari Sitkiewicz, Downers Grove, Illinois
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Texas StewTaste of Home

Texas Stew


I love to experiment with many different types of recipes. But as a mother of young children, I rely on family-friendly ones more and more. Everyone enjoys this stew. —Kim Balstad, Lewisville, Texas
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Two-Step StroganoffTaste of Home

Two-Step Stroganoff


I especially like to use my slow cooker on hot summer days when I want to keep my kitchen cool. I’m always trying new recipes for different functions, but stroganoff is a favorite I turn to again and again. - Roberta Menefee, Walcott, New York
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Slow Cooker Pizza CasseroleTaste of Home

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole


A comforting casserole with mass appeal is just what you need when cooking for a crowd. For added convenience, it stays warm in a slow cooker. —Virginia Krites, Cridersville, Ohio
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Easy Chow MeinTaste of Home

Easy Chow Mein


Some years ago, our daughter welcomed me home from a hospital stay with this Asian dish and a copy of the recipe. Now I freeze leftovers for fast future meals. —Kay Bade, Mitchell, South Dakota
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Hearty Slow-Cooker LasagnaTaste of Home

Hearty Slow-Cooker Lasagna


Lasagna is a popular holiday meal, but it's hard to find time to put it together. This slow cooker version will allow you to enjoy time with your family and still put an elegant dinner on the table. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Slow-Cooked Enchilada CasseroleTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Enchilada Casserole


Tortilla chips and a side salad turn this casserole into a fun meal with very little effort. —Denise Waller, Omaha, Nebraska
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Meat Lover's Pizza Hot DishTaste of Home

Meat Lover's Pizza Hot Dish


I make this hearty casserole for the men who help us out during harvest time. Every year they say it’s the best, hands down. Throw in any pizza toppings your family likes—Canadian bacon, black olives and green peppers are some of our picks. —Brook Bothun, Canby, Minnesota
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Slow-Cooker Spanish RiceTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Spanish Rice


Here's an economical dish with authentic Tex-Mex taste. Even the little ones will go for this Spanish rice. —Sharon Tipton, Casselberry, Florida
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Slow-Cooked Pizza CasseroleTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Pizza Casserole


A friend from church gave me the recipe for this satisfying slow-cooked casserole. It's always one of the first dishes emptied at potlucks, and it can easily be adapted to personal tastes. —Julie Sterchi, Campbellsville, Kentucky
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Meatball Cabbage RollsTaste of Home

Meatball Cabbage Rolls


My mother often had these cabbage rolls simmering in her slow cooker when my family and I arrived at her house for weekend visits. The mouthwatering meatballs tucked inside made these stand out from any other cabbage rolls I've tried. —Betty Buckmaster, Muskogee, Oklahoma
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Ground Beef Spinach Alfredo LasagnaTaste of Home

Ground Beef Spinach Alfredo Lasagna


With two types of sauces, ground beef, spinach and three kinds of cheese, this dish is super hearty and goes beyond the expected. When serving, be sure to scoop all the way down to the bottom of the slow cooker so everyone gets a good taste of all the yummy layers. —Deborah Bruno, Mira Loma, California
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Meatballs in Honey Buffalo SauceTaste of Home

Meatballs in Honey Buffalo Sauce


My family loves the sweet and spicy combination and declared this recipe an instant favorite just for that reason. The meatballs start sweet but finish with a little heat! —Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire
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Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti SauceTaste of Home

Stamp-of-Approval Spaghetti Sauce


My father is very opinionated, especially about food. This recipe received his almost unreachable stamp of approval. I have yet to hear a disagreement from anyone who has tried it! —Melissa Taylor, Higley, Arizona
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Meat Loaf with Chili SauceTaste of Home

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce


I used to serve this meat loaf in my cafe, where so many of my customers asked for it. I adapted the recipe for my slow cooker at home, where it's quite popular, too. —Robert Cox, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Zippy Spaghetti SauceTaste of Home

Zippy Spaghetti Sauce


This thick and hearty sauce goes a long way to fill my hungry family. They enjoy any leftovers ladled over thick slices of grilled garlic bread. To make sure I have the ingredients on hand, I keep a bag of chopped green pepper in my freezer and minced garlic in my fridge—always! —Elaine Priest, Dover, Pennsylvania
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Beef 'n' Bean TortaTaste of Home

Beef 'n' Bean Torta


This zesty dish is a favorite of mine because it has a wonderful Southwestern taste and is easy to prepare. I serve it on nights when we have only a few minutes to eat before running off to meetings or sports events. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Slow Cooker LasagnaTaste of Home

Slow Cooker Lasagna


Convenient no-cook lasagna noodles take the work out of this traditional favorite adapted for the slow cooker. It's so easy to assemble for workdays or weekends. We like it accompanied by Parmesan bread or garlic cheese toast. —Lisa Micheletti, Collierville, Tennessee
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Beefy Cabbage Bean StewTaste of Home

Beefy Cabbage Bean Stew


While on one of our small group quilting retreats, one of my friends made this wonderful recipe for dinner. We all loved it and have since passed it around for others to enjoy—now I'm passing it on to you. —Melissa Glancy, La Grange, Kentucky
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Slow-Cooked Spaghetti SauceTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Spaghetti Sauce


I like to serve this homey dish to company and not just because it’s easy and economical. I’d be lost without my slow cooker!—Shelley McKinney, New Castle, Indiana
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Meat Loaf from the Slow CookerTaste of Home

Meat Loaf from the Slow Cooker


This simple, easy-to-make meat loaf is one of my personal favorites. I'm often asked for the recipe. —Laura Burgess, Mount Vernon, South Dakota
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Hearty Beans with BeefTaste of Home

Hearty Beans with Beef


My husband raved about this sweet bean dish after tasting it at a party, so I knew I had to get the recipe. It's perfect for get-togethers because you can mix it up a day early and toss it in the slow cooker a few hours before your guests arrive. —Jan Biehl, Leesburg, Indiana
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Slow-Cooker PizzaTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Pizza


Always a hit at our church dinners, this hearty casserole keeps folks coming back for more. —Julie Sterchi from Jackson, Missouri
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Cheddar-Topped Barbecue Meat LoafTaste of Home

Cheddar-Topped Barbecue Meat Loaf


My family loves the bold barbecue flavor of this tender meat loaf. I love that it's such an easy recipe to prepare in the slow cooker. —David Snodgrass, Columbia, Missouri
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Meat Sauce for SpaghettiTaste of Home

Meat Sauce for Spaghetti


Here's a thick, hearty sauce that turns ordinary spaghetti and garlic bread into a filling feast. When I'm in a hurry, I make this slow cooker recipe in an electric frying pan instead. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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