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Basic Meat Mix

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • 5 lb. lean ground meat
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp. pepper


•Brown ground meat and onions in a large skillet or pot. Drain fat.
•Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.

•Combine onions and crumbled ground meat in a microwave safe 5 quart casserole dish. Cover.
•Microwave on HIGH 14 to 16 minutes, stirring two or three times.
•Drain fat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover.
•Microwave on HIGH five to eight minutes.

To Freeze:
•Divide cooked mixture into five containers or freezer bags (approximately 2 cups each). Cover. Label with date and freeze. If using freezer bags, remove air from bags, remove air from bags, seal, press flat and freeze. For best quality, use frozen ground beef within three to four months.

To Defrost:
•Place one package Basic Meat Mix in appropriate container or pan.
•Microwave until defrosted (stir frequently and break apart with a fork once or twice).
•On stovetop, heat on medium heat 10 to 15 minutes before continuing recipe.
•Defrost meat in refrigerator overnight.

Tip: You can use this mix in any recipe calling for cooked hamburger.

Yield 10 cups

Per 4-ounce serving: 117 calories, 3.9 grams (g) fat, 1.3 g carbohydrate and 60 mg sodium.

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