In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze taco meat?”, and how to freeze taco meat?
Can you freeze taco meat?
Yes, you can freeze taco meat. Freezing is a great way to prolong the shelf-life of taco meat. Thaw the frozen taco meat in the fridge overnight. Read on if you want to know how to make the perfect freezer taco meat.
How to freeze taco meat?
Freezing taco meat is a no-brainer. Once you are done cooking the meat, let the steam escape while the meat cools down. Then divide the taco meat into meal-sized portions. This ensures that you thaw just the right amount of meat at a time.
Transfer the meat portions into high-quality freezer bags. You could also use an airtight container but they are not very space friendly.
Squeeze as much air as possible from the bag. Blocking the air contact helps extend the shelf-life of meat. Make sure you label the bag before you chuck it in the freezer.
Labeling helps you in the identification of the frozen product. It also helps keep track of the shelf-life of the meat. If you stack multiple taco meat bags, the middle ones will naturally take longer to freeze.
Freezer taco meat recipe
This freezer taco meat recipe does not use any water for seasoning. Instead, It uses tomato sauce that is less likely to form ice crystals. These ice crystals have sharp edges that damage the meat texture and reduce its shelf-life. This recipe is easy to make and freezer-friendly but also delicious
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- Grease the pan and brown the meat on medium heat. Drain the excess fat.
- Stir in the tomato sauce and season into the meat. Cover the lid and let the meat cook for several minutes.
- When the meat is cooked, let it cool down.
- Pack the cooked taco meat in freezer bags. Squeeze out the air from the bags, put a label on them and chuck them in the freezer.
Adding filler items to your taco meat
Adding filler items to your taco meat not only saves money but also adds a fair share of other macro and micronutrients. The most important aspect is that filler items increase the volume of your taco meat. It helps you serve many people at once.
Lentils: Cook or boil the lentils and then brown them with the taco meat. This high protein and high fiber legume is a great addition to your taco meat in terms of nutrition. But it is also light on the pocket.
Ground turkey: Mixing ground turkey with ground beef lest you enjoy lean and fatty meat at once. Ground turkey is also inexpensive but a great source of nutrients.
Tomatoes: Adding a can per pound of ground beef gives another flavor dimension to your basic ground beef.
Onions: Just like tomatoes, sauteed onions substantially enhance the flavor profile of the ground beef. We prefer using red onions (at the rate of 1 onion per pound of meat) but you can experiment with other types of onions as well.
Beans: Add 1-2 cans of cooked or canned beans to your taco meat to improve its fiber and B vitamin content. Plus beans blend in smoothly with the ground beef.
How long does cooked taco meat last in the freezer?
Cooked taco meat kept at a steady temperature of 0℉ has an indefinite shelf-life. But it is best consumed within 2-3 months of storage.
Note that this is just an estimation of how long the meat will remain in its prime. The meat remains safe to eat past 2-3 months but the quality will be significantly reduced.
Ways to use taco meat
Some of the popular and delicious recipes that you could try making with taco meat are Crockpot Taco Soup, Build-Your-Own Haystacks, Taco Potatoes, Taco Lettuce Wraps. Taco meat is not limited to tacos, feel free to fill your tortillas with it. Atop the rice with some taco meat and melted cheese.
How do you reheat frozen taco meat?
Heating the taco meat on the stovetop is the easiest and best-reheating method. For quick reheating, let the meat thaw completely. If you are reheating the meat straight out of the freezer, splash it with some water to maintain moisture.
Can you eat week-old taco meat?
No, you cannot eat week-old taco meat. Consume the meat within 2-3 days. Discard the meat if it gives off a bad smell and looks discolored.
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In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze taco meat?”, and how to freeze taco meat?