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Slow-Cooker Meat Sauce

COOK TIME
8 hrs
PREP TIME
15 mins
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Ryan Scott's Mama Pat's Meat Sauce
Ryan Scott's Mama Pat's Meat SauceTODAY
COOK TIME
8 hrs
PREP TIME
15 mins
RATE THIS RECIPE
(73)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated garlic paste (from tube)
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • Chef notes

    This easy sauce is the definition of "set it and forget it." It's also budget-friendly and incredibly flavorful.

    Technique tip: Slow and low is your friend in this recipe. The longer it cooks, the better it is.

    Swap option: Swap ground pork or ground turkey for the beef. You may have to add additional salt when you switch proteins.

    Preparation

    1.

    Combine the ground beef, onion and garlic paste in a Dutch oven are large skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring until the meat is browned crumbled and the onion is tender, 8-10 minutes.

    2.

    Drain off any excess fat, and transfer the meat and onion mixture to a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, oregano, salt, thyme, garlic salt, paprika, black pepper, bay leaves and 1 cup water, and stir to combine.

    3.

    Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Discard the bay leaves before serving. (Refrigerate the sauce up to 5 days or freeze it.)