Quick, Easy and Delicious DIY Beef Freezer Meal Ideas

All Things Mandy
by All Things Mandy

Join me as I prepare some beef freezer meals to get ready for the upcoming school year and busy fall.

I like to set myself up for success by thinking ahead. That’s why I put together these quick and easy dump-and-go crock pot meals. They are so convenient and reduce stress around getting dinner together on those hectic fall days.

I prepared 6 bags of freezer meals with 3 recipes, making two bags from each recipe. This is going to make my life a lot easier. Using 3 recipes to make 6 meals allows me to make the recipes in bulk so there’s less to do.


Before getting started I took out 6 of the Ziploc 1 gallon bags and a Sharpie. I labeled each bag with the date I prepared it.

I also labeled the bags with which meal it is for to make things clear and simple.

Making pepper steak-inspired meatballs

1. Pepper steak-inspired meatballs

I started my pepper steak-inspired meatballs by pouring half a bag of frozen meatballs into 2 of my 1 gallon Ziploc bags. Then I added about two chopped peppers to each bag.

Each bag gets 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 5 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce. Lastly, I added 1 cup of water to each bag.

Making pepper steak-inspired meatballs

With all the ingredients in the bags, I sealed them, getting as much air out as possible.

On the day of cooking, I’ll simply pour the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. I like to serve this meal with rice.

Making pepper steak-inspired meatballs

2. Pot roast with potatoes and carrots

Once again, for this recipe, I’m putting everything in the bag prepared to just throw in the crockpot the day of cooking.

The only thing I’m not putting in these bags are the 2 cups of broth which I will add the day they’re getting cooked.

For this meal, I bought a 4-pound chuck roast. I cut it in half so I could stretch the steak to two meals. I added half of a bag of potatoes to each bag. Then I put half of the bag of cut carrots in each bag.

Lastly, I added a gravy packet and a packet of onion soup mix to each bag.

Pot roast with potatoes and carrots

On the day of cooking, I’ll pour the contents of one bag into the crockpot. Then I’ll add the broth. I’ll cook this meal on low for 7-8 hours. I could cook it on high for 4-5 hours, but the meat comes out nice and soft if I cook it for longer on the lower setting.

Making hamburger soup

3. Hamburger soup

For this meal, I will also be putting all the ingredients in the bag except for the 4 cups of broth which I will add the day of cooking.

First I took a package of ground beef and browned it on the stove. Once it was cooked and completely cool, I put half in one bag and half in another. Then I added one chopped onion and half a bag of mixed frozen vegetables in each bag. Last I added a 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes to each bag.

Making hamburger soup

Don’t forget to add the broth the day of cooking. If you want to bulk the meal up, you can add a portion of pasta to it during the last 30-20 minutes of cooking.

For the time being, I popped these last two bags in the freezer so they’re stored and ready when I need them.

Beef freezer meals

There you have it. These 3 simple recipes will provide you with 6 quick and easy frozen beef meals. Best of all, these meals will take almost no effort to prepare the day of.

Try this at home and leave me a comment to let me know if this pack-and-freeze method relieves some cooking stress from your life.

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  • Patty Patty on Oct 19, 2023
    Sounds like pretty good recipes. I like the way she does it, but is the food cooked while frozen or thawed?
  • Patty Patty 6 days ago
    I've been told a slow cooker doesn't get hot enough to cook chicken safely. Great idea,but I'd thaw first.