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Slow Cooker Macaroni And Beef

One of the easiest ground beef slow cooker recipes you could ever make!

Slow Cooker Macaroni And Beef
Slow Cooker Macaroni And Beef
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Slow Cooker Macaroni And Beef is one of those easy, classic ground beef slow cooker recipes that's great to whip up any time of year. Made with elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese, and bacon for an added flair, your kids will love it too! Make a big batch, and freeze leftovers for another meal--this is one of those slow cooker casserole recipes that's freezable and just as great the second time around.

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To lighten up this slow cooker casserole recipe, you can swap out ground beef for ground turkey. This is a great recipe to make on a busy weeknight, when you have little time to make a meal. You can prepare your food ahead of time and have it cooking in the slow cooker while you are at work. Coming home to a hot meal is the best feeling ever!

Yields6 servings

Slow Cooker Time HIGH4 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW8 hr

Cooking Vessel Size6-quart slow cooker



  • 1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can water (empty tomato can)
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 (16-ounce) package of elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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This is a perfect slow cooker recipe to make for dinner tonight. Why, you might ask? Because it's so easy! Simply toss together the ingredients and let them cook for a few hours while you go about your day.

Macaroni and beef recipes such as this one are often called American Chop Suey. Typically, American Chop Suey features a jumble of ingredients cooked in a skillet. It's a regional meal found throughout the New England area, but it isn't as common elsewhere in the States. Additionally, American Chop Suey is said to have been the inspiration behind the famous Hamburger Helper brand.

The slow cooker version of this recipe means that you can have a no-fuss meal waiting at home for you. This macaroni and beef recipe is healthier than store-bought versions. You can make this easy recipe into an even lighter version by using ground turkey instead of ground beef.

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I am so used to eating ground turkey in my dishes that call for beef. However, in this particular recipe I might just stick with beef! It packs a TON of flavor and it would be perfect for this American Chop Suey. There are so many types of jarred pasta sauces that you can really customize it that way, too. I like tomato basil myself!

I just had a canned version of this meal a few nights ago and let me tell you, it was disappointing. Can't wait to try the "real" version with this recipe!


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