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Big-Batch Beef Sauce

"I prepare this beef mixture on weekends when I have a little more time," relates Debbie Hodge of Kitscoty, Alberta. "Having it in the freezer is a real time-saver during the week and a great way to serve unexpected guests." She uses the versatile sauce to get a head start on casseroles, stews and several swift suppers she shares here.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    about 15 cups total

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 5 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2 jars (4-1/2 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained, optional
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef, onions, celery and garlic until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool.
  • Transfer to freezer bags or containers, about 2 cups in each. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 437 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 1271mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 43g protein.

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  • Dianna
    Apr 18, 2020

    Been a favorite of my family for countless years. Hear is one of the additional recipes that was in the original article. TIME-SAVING TACOS aAn envelope of taco seasoning gives a Mexican flair to Debbie’s meat mixture in this taco tasty dinner. It has such a different flavor from other variations your family will not know it is made from the same sauce. 2 cups of Big Batch beef sauce, 1 envelope taco seasoning , 1/4 cup of water, 6-8 taco shells or flour tortillas...toppings shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sour cream salsa...enjoy

  • markjanelle
    Sep 9, 2012

    When this was printed in Taste of Home, it gave 3 or 4 recipe ideas of what you can make with this beef. For some reason I can't find those online. But this is a great recipe! I freeze several bags then have a quick headstart on tacos (love this recipe way better than ground beef + taco seas and this is much healthier), meat sauce for pasta or lasagna. I wasn't thrilled with the chili recipe though. Well worth the initial time investment of cooking all that meat.

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    Dec 30, 2010

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    Aug 29, 2010

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    Mar 10, 2010

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  • jsmcswain
    Feb 10, 2010

    great recipe starter! I've tried it for tacos, spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce and chili. All are excellent!! and the sauce freezes well!

  • jsmcswain
    Feb 10, 2010

    great recipe!! I've made it several times and love the sauce to use for chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce and tacos! Such a time saver!!

  • jsmcswain
    Feb 10, 2010

    great recipe!! I've made it several times and love the sauce to use for chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna sauce and tacos! Such a time saver!!

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    Dec 16, 2009

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    Jan 3, 2008

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