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23 Ground Beef Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker ground beef recipes are budget-friendly and perfect for any occasion!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor,
Updated March 14, 2018
23 Ground Beef Slow Cooker Recipes

Learn how to make easy ground beef slow cooker recipes for weeknight dinners, lunches, and more with this collection of 23 Ground Beef Slow Cooker Recipes. This tasty collection includes ground beef casserole recipes, ground beef soup recipes, meatloaf recipes, and more. Ground beef recipes are budget-friendly and versatile, not to mention hearty.

Whether you're looking to make a casual dinner for your family or maybe even a larger meal for a crowd or potluck, ground beef is a great protein to incorporate. From cheesy, ground beef and tater tot casseroles, to delicious beef enchilada recipes, recipes with ground beef have something for every taste. So beef up your cooking repertoire with these easy slow cooker ideas! Make them for a weeknight meal or a casual dinner setting. Every one of these recipes is a winner for sure!

BONUS! You can't leave out a ground beef recipe classic...meatloaf! Check out the video below to see how you can make Better Than Cracker Barrel's Meatloaf!

Slow Cooker Ground Beef Soup and More

Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Chili

If you're seeking hearty, ground beef slow cooker recipes for soup, stew or chili, look no further! 

The delicious ground beef soup recipes below are just what you need to make dinner something to look forward to. Plus, when you make these meals using only your slow cooker, the kitchen clean up becomes a breeze. Satisfy your stomach and your taste buds with these fantastic ground beef slow cooker dishes.

Whether you're craving a cozy bowl of soup on a chilly day or you're searching for the perfect game day chili recipe like this Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Chili, these slow cooker ideas will fit the bill. Tortilla soup, ground beef chowder, cheeseburger soup, and more can be found below.

  • All-Day Tortilla Soup

    Taco seasoning and a Serrano pepper add the perfect amount of zest to this tasty soup. Serve each bowl with some pan-fried flour tortilla strips for a wonderful meal!

  • Easy And Tangy BBQ Meatballs

    This recipe uses frozen meatballs and adds pineapple chunks, bell pepper, and barbecue sauce. Enjoy these meatballs on a bed of cooked rice for a complete meal. 

  • Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

    If you're craving a ground beef soup, but you're not in the mood for chili, this is a great recipe to try. A rich tomato broth, carrots, and celery, are just some of the tasty ingredients in this soup.

  • Country Beef Chowder

    The only ingredient more satisfying than ground beef is potatoes, and this recipe uses both! This veggie-loaded chowder would be great alongside some freshly baked bread.

  • Tasty Tater Tot Cheeseburger Soup

    This hearty cheeseburger soup is sure to satisfy your burger craving. Tater tots, canned cheese soup, and Velveeta make this soup the ultimate comfort food. 

  • Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

    If you love stuffed peppers but don't have time for all the steps, this is the perfect alternative. This soup tastes just like a stuffed pepper! Plus, you don't even have to precook the rice.

Ground Beef Casserole Recipes and Other Main Dishes

Stuffed Slow Cooker Bell Peppers

Ground beef is an ideal choice for main dishes because it is substantial enough to keep you full for hours and there is so much you can do in terms of creating various flavor combinations.

Whether you're craving something zesty like a Mexican-style casserole, or maybe some traditional and comforting meatloaf, ground beef is there for you. We've included recipes for stuffed cabbage, spaghetti and meatballs, cheeseburger casserole, as well as these Stuffed Slow Cooker Bell Peppers. These recipes will be a hit.

These ground beef casseroles and other main dishes will make the hunt for the perfect dinner recipe a no-brainer.

  • Slow Cooker Classic Meatloaf

    This is possibly the easiet meatloaf recipe you'll ever make because you only need four ingredients! Potato pancake mix and onion soup mix hold everything together while adding amazing flavor.

  • Busy Bee Slow Cooker Enchilada Pie

    This layered enchilada casserole as simple as browning ground beef and adding some spices and canned vegetables. Then, simply layer the filling with the tortillas and let it cook in the slow cooker!

  • Grandma Meme's Stuffed Cabbage

    A ground beef and rice filling is rolled inside steamed cabbage leaves before they are cooked in the slow cooker. If you've always wanted to try making cababge rolls, this slow cooker version is the way to go.

  • Super Cheesy Enchilada Stack Casserole

    This enchilada recipe is so cheesy and flavorful that everyone is sure to like it. Top each slice with avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro for a delicious meal.

  • Cheesy Ground Beef Slow Cooker Recipe

    Sometimes, nothing hits the spot like a beef and pasta dish. The savory tomato beef mixture cooks in the slow cooker to deepen the flavors and cooked pasta is stirred in just before it's served.

  • Spaghetti Sauce with Giant Meatballs

    This ground beef recipe features homemade meatballs and homemade pasta sauce! Browning the meatballs in a skillet gives them wonderful flavor and texture.

  • Slow Cooker Macaroni And Beef

    For a truly comforting meal, turn to Slow Cooker Macaroni And Beef. Bacon and ground beef flavor this tomato-based macaroni dish. This recipe is sometimes known as American Chop Suey!

  • All Day Cheeseburger Casserole

    This guilt-free casserole can be made with either ground beef or turkey and even includes cauliflower, which makes it secretly healthy. The whole family will love this recipe!

Slow Cooker Hamburger Recipes

So Easy Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce

Every now and then, we just need a great hamburger, but we'll bet you've never thought to make one using your slow cooker. From these So Easy Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sauce to bacon cheeseburgers, the slow cooker hamburger recipes below are sure to satisfy your craving for the all-American classic.

It may not be the only way you choose to cook burgers, but it's sure to be one of the best ways. These hamburger slow cooker recipes are perfect for everything from potlucks to weeknight dinners at home and everything in between.

  • Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Sandwiches

    These cheesy sandwiches are a great way to feed a crowd because you don't have to worry about forming individual patties. Use pretzel buns for an unbelieveably delicious sandwich!

  • The Perfect Slow Cooker Hamburger

    Believe it or not - you can make burgers in the slow cooker with the help of tin foil! This recipe is a great alternative to using the grill.

  • Slow Cooker Cheesy Hamburger Hash

    This easy recipe tastes like a cheeseburger, but comes in the convenient form of a casserole. Potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, and of course plenty of cheese are just a few of the budget-friendly ingredients in this recipe.

  • The Easiest Coney Dogs... Ever

    If you're looking for a way to feed a crowd at a party, this is a great recipe to try. The coney dog sauce also freezes really well so leftovers can be frozen or you could even make it ahead of time.

  • 6-Ingredient Bacon Cheeseburgers

    Bacon bits and worcestershire sauce make these bacon cheeseburgers taste incredible. The burgers are "grilled" in the slow cooker thanks to the clever use of tin foil.

  • Slow Cooker White Trash Sliders

    Ground beef and pork and Velveeta create these tasty sliders. This recipe would make great party food or a fun family dinner. 

Featured Ground Beef Slow Cooker Recipe

Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

Just because we know you love them, we whipped up a batch of delicious, Slow Cooker Party Meatballs in our Test Kitchen.

Tried and true, this simple slow cooker recipe is sure to impress and delight at parties, potlucks and game days.

All you need is a tray and some toothpicks and these bite-sized appetizers are ready for serving.

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Recipes with Ground Beef

  1. Always use lean ground beef. Even though the meat will be cooked and drained before you add it to the slow cooker recipe, it could still be greasy. Plus, using lean beef is healthier and you won’t have as much grease to drain off. Look for a meat-to-fat ratio of 90/10 or 95/5. For more information on ground beef, check out this guide from our friends at AllFreeCasseroleRecipes: Ground Beef Guide: How to Buy, Store, and Cook Beef.
  2. Season your ground beef when you cook it. Even though you will add the cooked meat to a slow cooker recipe, seasoning the beef with a little salt and pepper will result in a dish that is more flavorful when it’s finished.
  3. Break apart the beef into small pieces. No one wants to bite into a huge chunk of ground beef in the middle of a casserole. Make sure to break up the beef into small, bite-sized pieces while you’re browning it.
  4. Don’t let the cooked meat sit in its own grease. Not only will this increase the fat content, it can also give your meat an odd, oily flavor. Be sure to drain the beef right after it is done cooking!
  5. Use your slow cooker to pre-cook big batch of ground beef. If you love prepping meals ahead of time, then this is a good way to precook a large amount of meat to use in various recipes. Learn how in this tutorial from!

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I love cooking with ground beef because it is tasty and cheap. My favorite, go-to recipe is for a stuffed pepper recipe.

Stuffed peppers with ground beef, rice, onions, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. YUM!

My dad makes really good Salisbury steaks and always makes them with a mushroom sauce. It's my favorite comfort food, especially with a side of mashed potatoes!

Chili! Our recipe uses a combination of ground sausage and ground beef to create an absolutely amazing meal.

I love it when my mom makes "pork and beans and hamburger." I'm not sure if there's an actual name for it - that's just what it goes by in our house lol. It's delicious!

I like using ground beef in various casserole dishes. It's a nice way to add some protein to any dish.

My go to is Crock Pot Chili.My secret ingredient that makes it extra special came from a happy accident.In my hurry I opened a can of refried beans,instead of kidney beans.Makes the best chili EVER!

I got a 3-quart crockpot for Christmas. These recipes sound great but are there any recipes specifically made for my size? All these wonderful recipes look like they reqire a much larger slow cooker. Thanks in advance for your help.

I love stuffed peppers but never want to deal with the hassle, I can't wait to find a new favorite in this recipe!

I got a slow cooker for Christmas and have been looking for ideas ever since, can't wait to test these Ground Beef recipes out asap!

I love being able to leave something in the crock pot while I'm at work. It makes dinner so much easier and I save a ton on take out!

Well this solves my "What to make for dinner" question!

I am the 1 fan of stuffed peppers. I seriously cannot wait to try that recipe!

Yep...just bookmarked this link. My roommate has a slow cooker, so I know what I am doing this fall!

These look like they would be hearty meals that the whole family would love!

Have you tried this recipe? What did you think?


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