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Basic Beef Starter

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min.


4 portions (11-1/2 cups)

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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Place about 2-3/4 cups each in four freezer containers. May be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 267 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 819mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.

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