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Ground Meat Base Mixture – Episode 3, Part 1

July 30, 2011 Recipe Roundup No Comments

“HOT FLASHES IN THE PAN” Video Series:  This is a very informational video on how I make my ground meat base mixture that I can then use just as it is or as a base for countless other dishes:  spaghetti sauce, tacos, enchiladas, Shepherd’s Pie, stuffed bell peppers, Sloppy Joe’s, and many, many more.  You make a big batch at one time, you can all sorts of beans and/or other vegetables, and then freeze it in smaller freezer storage bags so that when you come home from a long day at work, you can prepare dinner for your family in short order.  So be sure and come back often as I will be featuring my other recipes that will use this base ground meat mixture that will make your meals MIGHTY TASTY!

Basic Recipe for Ground Meat Base Mixture:

  • 3 lbs. ground sirloin (you can use ground white meat turkey, ground turkey meat, or any other ground meat to your liking)
  • 1 large sweet Vidalia onion (or other variety to your liking), chopped or diced
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced (or you can use the jar minced garlic) add as much or as little to your liking
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • Season to your liking:
  • Mrs. Dash (we don’t use salt, so use the original or any other flavor of Mrs. Dash, or you can use salt)
  • fresh ground pepper, season to your taste

For extra fiber, texture, and to make this dish go farther you can add:

  • 1 – 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz can red kidney beans (you can substitute any other type can bean to your liking)
  • 1 small container of fresh sliced mushrooms (I prefer the Baby Bella variety) or you can use the mushrooms in a jar

Brown meat in large skillet with first 8 ingredients (through the fresh ground pepper).  Continue to cook until all ingredients are cooked through.  I prefer to wait till the meat is cooked through before adding the canned beans and mushrooms then cook a few minutes more 10-15.  If you are cooking for a crowd, you can use larger quantities of all ingredients, just add proportionately. 

La-Di-Da Ladies Serving Suggestion:

You can use this base right away for a base for spaghetti sauce, tacos, enchiladas, chili, etc.  I divide the meat mixture in four parts, freezing in quart size zip-lock type bags for use later as a quick meal base for spaghetti sauce, tacos, enchiladas, chili, etc.  This can really stretch your food budget.

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