How to Cook Ground Beef in a Slow Cooker

by Christina Berry

Cook ground beef in the slow cooker while you go about your day.

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Items you will need

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • Slow cooker
  • Cooking spray
  • Paper towels
  • Spatula
  • Plate

A slow cooker can be a busy cook's best friend. Instead of spending time over the stove and tending to your food, a slow cooker lets you put all of the meal's ingredients together and come back hours later to a fully-cooked dinner. Ground beef is no exception. Although it is traditionally browned in a skillet, it can be easily and almost effortlessly made in a slow cooker.

Step 1

Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

Step 2

Place the ground beef in the slow cooker. If the meat is very lean, add about 1/2 cup of water.

Step 3

Cook on high for 2 hours, then break ground beef into smaller chunks.

Step 4

Cook on low setting for 4 more hours, until the ground beef is browned.

Step 5

Cover a plate with paper towels and spoon the ground beef on to the plate.

Step 6

With a metal spatula or large spoon, break the meat into even smaller, bite-size pieces.

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About the Author

Based in Chicago, Christina Berry has been writing since 2000. Her work has been published in "The Lighter," Valparaiso University's art and literary magazine. Berry holds a bachelor's degree in English/creative writing from Valparaiso University.