Beef Dump Recipes

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Dump recipes are the easiest and fastest way to stock your freezer full of meals. I’ve been making them for about a decade and though the name may not sound that appealing, it speaks to how fast these really are to make. Most of my dump recipes can be cooked in the crock pot, saving even more time.

When I wrote about my Chicken Dump Recipes, the response from busy women (and men) everywhere was overwhelming! They loved the ease of the system, but the resounding feedback was: more recipes!

I have been working since then to create a book of Beef Dump Recipes for you. It contains 6 meal plans of 5 recipes each which include shopping lists for each plan and printable labels for each recipe.

Beef Dump Recipes. Assemble 10 meals in one hour that can go from the freezer to the crock pot and can be made gluten free.These beef dump recipes are easy to throw together and perfect for freezing. Freezer meals make a lovely gift for friends who are going through an illness or loss or adding to their family through birth or adoption.

By doubling these recipes, you are able to assemble ten meals in just one hour! (note that this does not include the time to brown the beef)

The key to successful beef dump meals is to have all your ingredients out before you start assembling. This will save you time and will also save you having to run out to the store to pick up a missing ingredient!

Steps to making Beef Dump Meals:

  1. Brown the beef. This can be done the day before and kept in the fridge until you are ready to use. You can also season with a bit of salt and pepper while browning if you like.
  2. Get out all ingredients.
  3. Label resealable freezer bags (you can use a permanent marker or print labels to stick on) with the name and cooking instructions.
  4.  Prop the bottom of the bags and fold over the top so that they will stay open.
  5. Add browned ground beef into each bag.
  6. Once the meat is in all of the bags, dump the ingredients for the recipe into the bag.
  7. When all the ingredients are in each bag, remove the excess air, seal the bags, lay flat, and freeze.

Beef Dump Recipes. Assemble 10 meals in one hour that can go from the freezer to the crock pot and can be made gluten free.Below is a sample meal plan which uses ground beef for all of the recipes. Don’t forget to brown the beef before you start assembling. You can find the shopping list, labels and other meal plans including those using other cuts of beef in the Beef Dump Recipes book.

Beef Hash

1 1/2 lbs. browned ground beef
500 grams frozen hash browns*
1 onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. dry onion soup mix**
1 cup beef broth
dash pepper

*This amount is the equivalent of half a 1 kg bag, so if you are making two of these recipes at once, buy one large bag and split it between the two meals.

**I use an MSG-free, gluten-free dry onion soup mix.

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Bake at 350° for one hour, topping with grated cheese the last 10 minutes if desired or in the crock pot on low for 2-4 hours, topping with cheese the last 20 minutes if desired.

Taco Soup

1 1/2 lb. browned ground beef
1 onion, diced
2x 14 oz. cans chili style beans
1x 12 oz. can kernel corn, drained
1x 14 oz. can tomato sauce
14 oz. salsa
3/4 cup water
2 tsp. taco seasoning*
*store bought taco seasoning can contain gluten, so I make my own.

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Heat in large pot on stovetop on medium heat until desired temperature or cook in the crock pot on low for 3-4 hours.

Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 lb. browned ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chili sauce
14 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce*
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dry mustard
dash pepper

*Be sure to use gluten free Worcestershire sauce if wanting this to be gluten free.

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Heat in pot on stovetop over medium until desired heat is achieved or cook in slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours. Serve on bun halves.

Beef Dump square

Spaghetti Sauce

1 1/2 lbs. browned ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2x 14 oz. can tomato sauce
1x 5 1/2 oz. can tomato paste
14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup water
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. melted honey or sugar
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. salt
dash pepper

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Heat in pot on stovetop over medium until desired heat is achieved or cook in crock pot on low for 2-4 hours. Serve over pasta or gluten free noodles.


1 1/2 lbs. browned ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
19 oz. can kidney beans with liquid
14 oz. can chili style beans with liquid
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
5 1/2 oz. can tomato paste
1 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
dash pepper
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (this is my secret ingredient!)

Cooking instructions:

Thaw. Heat in large pot over medium until desired temperature is reached or cook in crock pot on low for 3-5 hours.


  • If you plan the meals so that they have some common ingredients, it saves even more money.
  • All recipes can be made gluten free by following the notes indicated.
  • I heard from a reader who suggested using slow cooker liners. I had never heard of them, but it saves even more time because it eliminates the cleanup of the crock pot.
  • Don’t forget to check out the Chicken Dump Recipes for even more options!

To get the recipes listed here along with free printable labels and shopping list, sign up for our emails.

Be sure to check out my Beef Dump Recipes book which includes 30 recipes divided into 5 plans plus one bonus recipe. Each plan comes with printable grocery lists and printable labels. Read the list of included recipes.

You can also purchase both the Beef Dump Recipes and Chicken Dump Recipes together for more meal options and savings!


  1. Visiting from #GTT, but already discovered this awesome post earlier this week too. Love these recipes. Plan on putting a bunch together for the new school year in August.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I love recipes that you can just dump in like this! Do they freeze well? Thanks for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday! Make sure you add a button or link back to be eligible to be featured! Hope to see you again this week 😉

  3. I´ve never done anything like this but I’m getting so tired of cooking everyday from scratch that I will have to try this soon. Great ideas! Found you at the Hip Homeschooling Linkup

  4. There is actually a really neat device you can buy that will hold the bag open for you 🙂 I forgot what it is called, but it is out there somewhere and it will make this a whole lot easier.

  5. I save time by browning 3 or more lbs of ground beef in my crockpot, then drain, cool and freeze in separate freezer bags, 1 to 1 1/2 lbs each. Your recipes will help me take it one step further! And gluten-free…bonus! Thanks!

  6. Hi there! I love your recipes and I’ve been using them for the past few weeks. However, I ran into one issue that I hope you may be able to help me with. Any time I use potatoes in a recipe and then I defrost the bag to get it ready for cooking, the potatoes end up turning black before the meat gets anywhere near defrosting. Last night I decided to throw everything into the crock pot before it was done defrosting, and many of my potatoes still turned black. Any ideas on what may be causing it or how to avoid this issue?

    Thank you!

    • None of my recipes use fresh potatoes (I have one recipe that uses frozen hash brown potatoes and one that uses frozen tater tots). One of the reasons for this is because of what you are describing. If you want to use fresh potatoes in freezer meal recipes, I suggest making the freezer meal without the potatoes and then adding them on the day of cooking. Hope that helps!

    • Raw potatoes turn black if frozen. When you put your thawed bagged ingredients in the crockpot then you can put in your potatoes. They will cook with the rest of your ingredients

  7. When you say 1-1/2 lbs. of ground beef, is that before or after cooking? I am assuming before. Do you know how many cups of ground beef that would be after cooking? That would be helpful to know when browning a large amount of beef. I realize the answer will be somewhat dependent on the fat content of your meat. Thanks for your time, and for sharing your recipes!

    • Sue, the amount is based on ground beef before it is cooked. One pound of cooked ground beef is the equivalent of about 2 1/3 cups. I hope that helps!

  8. Do you put the beef hash in ziplock bags to freeze or a casserole dish?

  9. Someone suggest that the recipe should be written on the outside of the freezer bag- such as what to heat the oven to, how long to bake/cook, etc.

    • You can either write the instructions on the outside of the bag with a permanent marker or use labels. The book comes with printable labels for all the recipes. Hope that helps!

  10. Jessica Schmitz says:

    Is there a suggested Yield for these recipes? I’m prepping these for a family of 8

    • Hey Jessica, The reason that I don’t talk about how many each recipe serves is that I find that it varies so much from family to family. Most of these recipes feed our family of 9 but we double the Sloppy Joes. We have four teen and young adult boys who eat a fair bit but our three girls eat like birds so it’s hard to compare that to other families. I know my answer isn’t much help! I think you’ll find that most of these are sufficient for your family especially if you serve them with side dishes but you may want to double the Sloppy Joes recipe. Happy cooking!

  11. If you are putting these meals in the crockpot, do they still need thawed first?

  12. What is it you mean by bake at 350, are these for baking in an oven or are they slow cooker recipes? I’m confused.

    • Most of the recipes listed have instructions for both slow cooker and the oven. If it says “bake at 350°”, it is referring to an oven.

  13. Christi Essigmann says:

    Can you tell me how much you spent on the groceries?

  14. How long can you keep these in the freezer before you need to use them?

  15. When the recipe calls for herbs… are you referring to dried or fresh? I’m assuming dried, I went ahead and used fresh herbs from my garden. Hopefully the recipe turns out the same (I’m worried it wont).

    • The amount I refer to in the recipes is for dried herbs because fresh aren’t always available but I do try to use fresh when it’s in season or when it’s growing on my deck. Your recipes should turn out just fine!

  16. I recently purchased the Beef Dump Recipes e-book and love the recipes! The simplicity and the flavor is remarkable. I was wondering if you had any comment on what to serve in tandem to the crockpot meals (i.e. side dishes).

    • Jamie, I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the meals. I get the side dish question a lot (I have plans to write a big list of them and include some recipes but for now…). My side dishes include salads (we eat Greek salad, lettuce salads, bean salad mostly), cooked vegetables or raw veggies, sauteed mushrooms, roasted root vegetables, rice (I change it up by using different types such as Jasmine, wild rice, rice pilaf), or mashed, roasted or baked potatoes. When I make chili, I usually make popovers and the kids scoop the chili into the popovers. When I make spaghetti, I usually serve it with garlic bread and a Caesar salad. I hope that helps give you a few ideas.

  17. I just found this post and got so excited! I’m allergic to gluten and chicken, among other things, and finding slow cooker recipes where at least half of them aren’t chicken is difficult. This was like a gold mine for me! I’m a teacher, mom of three, and wife of a football coach, so this time of year is crazy busy, and our eating habits usually take a bit of a hit. I don’t want that to happen this year, so thank you for these great ideas! <3

  18. Heather Hamilton says:

    Is there a printable version?

  19. If you don’t brown the meat first, can we just add a couple hours onto the cooking time? I would love to try these, but during the week I need something that is in the crockpot for at least 8 hours.

    • Most of the recipes would work for that. If you have a “keep warm” setting on your crock pot, another option is to brown the meat ahead and then put it on “keep warm” all day while you’re at work. Hopefully that helps.

  20. I can certainly attest to the fact that this is a really yummy recipe.
    We had some special visitors last saturday and
    sunday so I gave it a shot. Your instructions were so good
    and it did not take as long as I believed it would to get ready.
    Cheers for the awesome recipe

  21. Kat Rowell says:

    I don’t think we have Chili Sauce where I am at, what kind do you recommend? KRLUVSU@GMAIL.com

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