Friday, April 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Beef Casserole

As a child I didn't like mixing my foods. Ideally I would have a plate with the little divider sections. Juices could not combine. Yes, I was that child. Fortunately I grew up and don't have that issue (for the most part) any more.


The weather has not been cooperating with Spring. Instead of fresh veggies I have been craving warm, comforting meals. Thus, when I stumbled upon a slow cooker beef casserole I knew it would fill my needs. 



This is one of the easiest meals ever. Full of flavors, it has hints of Italian seasonings and sweetness from the sweet potatoes. 



To complete the meal I served an arugula salad and French bread.


Slow Cooker Beef Casserole

by Emily Morris, Adapted from the Paleo Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Keywords: slow-cooker entree sweet potato ground beef
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped*
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped*
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes, canned
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
In a large saute pan heat coconut oil until melted. Saute onions for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and cook for an additional 3 minutes until you can smell the garlic.

Add ground beef to pan and use a spatula to break up the meat.

As the meat is browning add the spices. Continue cooking until the meal is just cooked through, about 5 minutes in total.

Layer sweet potato slices in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the uncooked mushrooms and peppers on top of sweet potato layer.

Pour meat/onion mixture on top of vegetable layers.

Finally, pour canned crushed tomatoes on the top.

Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 6 hours. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

*I used frozen mixed peppers.
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8 comments:

  1. Spring is definitely not cooperating, though it's supposed to warm up for a couple days this weekend! Love this casserole! So easy but loaded with flavor!

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  2. This looks delicious and I love how easy it is to make. I will have to try to adapt it a bit to make a vegetarian version :).

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  3. Looks like a perfect one pot meal. :)

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  4. I was that child, too! Glad we both outgrew it...so we can enjoy your wonderful beef casserole!

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  5. Comfort food to the max :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  6. This does look like a bowl of comfort! And like you, I liked to keep my food separate! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I still have never used a slow cooker! It really makes me nervous, I don't understand how to use it.... and I know its supposed to be so easy! This looks SO good though Emily! YUM! I'm already ready for dinner now... :)

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  8. This looks really good. Yet another reason why I should get a slow cooker...

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