Top 24 Ground Beef Recipes for the Slow Cooker

Ground beef is a good choice for slow cooker casseroles, stews, chilis, meatloaf, and many other dishes. Most meats can be added to the slow cooker without searing or browning, with the exception of ground meat. Ground beef, in most cases, should be browned in advance for best texture and color.

If you use ground beef often, consider browning several pounds and freeze it in 1-pound portions for dishes. You'll have ground beef whenever you need it.

 From ground beef casseroles and meatloaf to pasta sauces and hearty chili recipes, you're sure to find an excellent recipe from among these family-pleasing ground beef recipes for the slow cooker.

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    Ground Beef and Hash Browns Team Up in This Easy Dish

    Crock Pot Hash Brown and Ground Beef
    Diana Rattray

    The combination of ground beef and gravy, corn, cheese, and hash browns make a wonderful layered slow cooker dish. 

  • 02 of 24

    Pizza Flavors From Your Slow Cooker

    Slow Cooker Pizza Pasta Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Ground beef and pepperoni get together in this delicious slow cooker pasta meal. The meaty sauce is combined with the cooked pasta and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Finish the casserole in the oven if you prefer.

  • 03 of 24

    Sweet and Sour Meatballs Are Full of Flavor

    Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    These incredible sweet and sour meatballs are simmered with an easy homemade Asian-style sauce. Peppers and pineapple chunks add to the texture and flavor. Serve these meatballs with hot boiled rice.

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    Chili Easy Enough for a Novice Cook

    Slow Cooker Chili
    Diana Rattray

    This very easy hearty chili will quickly become a family favorite. Even the pickiest eaters will love this delicious chili. 

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  • 05 of 24

    Meatloaf and Potatoes in the Crock Pot

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    This easy meatloaf is as versatile as it is easy. Top it off with barbecue sauce or ketchup just before it's done.

  • 06 of 24

    A Tangy Sauce HIghlights These Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls

    Cabbage Rolls, Swedish Style
    Diana Rattray

    These fabulous cabbage rolls can be cooked in the slow cooker or on the stovetop. Freeze the head of cabbage overnight for easy peeling. For an even easier preparation, you might like this crock pot beef and cabbage dinner.

  • 07 of 24

    A Versatile Tater Tot Casserole

    Tater Tot Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    This tater tot casserole is a one dish meal that kids love! If your oven isn't an option, cook it in the slow cooker. Take it along to a potluck!

  • 08 of 24

    Everyday Sloppy Joes Get a Makeover

    Barbecue Sloppy Joes, Slow Cooker
    Diana Rattray

    This sloppy mixture of ground beef and barbecue sauce makes a fabulous family lunch or dinner dish.

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  • 09 of 24

    This Chili Mac Starts With a Mix

    Chili Mac
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    This easy slow cooker chili mac is made with taco seasoning, corn, beans, and ground beef. Add a garnish of sliced green onions, shredded cheese, or cilantro if you like.

  • 10 of 24

    This Chili Dog Sauce Will Be the Hit of the Party

    Two Chili Dogs
    Diana Rattray

    This classic hot dog sauce is made with a variety of seasonings. Make a double or triple batch for tailgating or a home game party.

  • 11 of 24

    Layers of Tacos, Ground Beef, and Cheese

    Slow Cooker Taco Stack
    Diana Rattray

    Tex-Mex flavors are featured in this wonderful ground beef taco dish. Seasonings include chili powder, cumin, olives, and optional jalapeno chile peppers.

  • 12 of 24

    Potatoes and Ground Beef Get Together in This Easy One Pot Meal

    Chinese Pie With Ground Beef
    Diana Rattray

    This "Chinese pie" is not an Asian dish. It's actually a French Canadian/New England casserole. The dish is made with layers of potatoes, browned ground beef, and corn.

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  • 13 of 24

    A Layered Shepherd's Pie for the Slow Cooker

    Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)
    Diana Rattray

    Technically, the ground beef makes this a cottage pie. If you want a more authentic shepherd's pie, use ground lamb in the dish. 

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    The Perfect Sauce for Pasta Night

    spaghetti with meaty sauce
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    A combination of Italian sausage and ground beef makes this a hearty, pasta sauce. The slow cooker brings out the great flavors in the sauce. Add extra crushed red pepper for a spicier sauce.

  • 15 of 24

    Swedish Meatballs Just Like Mom's

    Traditional Sweden meatball.
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    This recipe for Swedish meatballs is all about convenience. Frozen meatballs are cooked with prepared gravy, sour cream, and spices. Serve these easy meatballs with hot cooked noodles, mashed potatoes, or creamed cauliflower.

  • 16 of 24

    A One-Dish Pasta Meal for a Busy Day

    Crock Pot American Chop Suey
    Diana Rattray

    American chop suey is a comfort food to many, and this version is super easy to prepare and cook in the slow cooker. It's an excellent busy day meal, and it's always a hit.  

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  • 17 of 24

    Beef and Beans Make a Great Meal With Cornbread

    Beef and Beans
    Diana Rattray

    Bake a pan of cornbread or cornbread muffins to go with the ridiculously easy beef and bean dish. The browned ground beef and bacon are slow cooked to perfection with canned beans and chopped veggies.

  • 18 of 24

    Yes, You Can Cook Lasagna in the Slow Cooker!

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    This slow cooker lasagna is a classic layered combination of lasagna noodles, ground beef, spaghetti sauce, and three cheeses.

  • 19 of 24

    Stuffed Peppers Made Easy, With Variations

    Stuffed Green Peppers
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    This recipe comes with many possible variations, including homemade sauce suggestions and seasonings.

  • 20 of 24

    Slow Cooker Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

    crock pot enchilada casserole and salsa
    Diana Rattray

    Corn or flour tortillas are layered with browned ground beef and beans, along with cheese and seasonings. Top servings with some salsa or sour cream.

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  • 21 of 24

    A Meaty Bolognese Sauce From Your Crock Pot

    Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Ground beef, sausage, shredded or diced carrots, celery, and tomatoes go into this wonderful homemade Italian-style sauce. Some dry red wine may be added to the sauce along with Parmesan cheese.

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    A Comforting Slow Cooker Meatloaf

    Meatloaf dinner
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    Myron's meatloaf is made with classic ingredients, including a ketchup topping. Line the slow cooker with strips of foil and you can lift the meatloaf our easily.​

  • 23 of 24

    High Protein No-Bean Chili

    Crock Pot No Bean Chili
    Diana Rattray

    If you aren't a fan of beans in your chili, this ground beef chili is an excellent choice.

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    Grape Jelly Meatballs are a Southern Classic

    Grape jelly meatballs
    The Spruce

    These meatballs will be the star of the party. They're great for holiday parties and game day gatherings.