This hamburger casserole made in the slow cooker will make weeknight dinner a heck of a lot easier. With a few minutes of prep time, you’ll come home to a healthy, paleo dinner the entire family will enjoy.
I told myself no more slow cookers BUT long story short, last week I found myself on the receiving end of a brand new 3.5-quart Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker. Since then, I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe to break it in. When I saw some grass-fed ground beef on sale at my local Vons the light bulb went off. I had these frozen sweet potato fries from Alexia Foods in my freezer for months now. I usually prefer to make my own fries; this was a total impulse buy. What can I say I saw sweet potato in waffle form and I was sold. Anyway I had the casserole dish, the grass-fed beef and the fries. Burger casserole was calling my name. Yes homemade fries are obviously better but who am I to preach. If you make your own sweet potato fries, don’t cook them first. Add them to the top of the ground meat mixture raw. The cook time is the same. You do not need a casserole slow cooker for this. Any slow 5-6 quart slow cooker will work just fine.
Confession time! I added relish. Definitely not paleo. I wanted a real hamburger taste so I used 1 tbsp of relish. So this recipe is officially paleoish. This an optional ingredient. For the mustard I would have like to use my favorite Dijon but I’m still out of that (see Honey-Mustard post) so I used plain old yellow mustard instead. The point I’m getting at is you can use whatever type of mustard you like.
No cheese. I wanted to keep this paleo (okay paleoish) so I did not use any cheese. If you really, really want to use cheese you can add it to the OR add some on top of the mix but underneath the sweet potatoes. And then more on top:-) Of course you can also use regular potatoes if you want as well. Depending on the frozen fries you use, there’s a chance they might turn soggy. One thing you can do it put a couple of paper towels underneath the lid. The paper towels will catch any excess condensation that would drip into the pot. You’ll be surprised how much there is; the paper towel will be very wet.
- 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
- 10-12 ounces frozen sweet potato fries
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp relish (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. Drain off all excess fat.
- Add diced tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, garlic, mustard, salt, pepper and relish (if using) to the ground beef. Stir to mix well.
- Add mixture to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add a layer of the frozen fries to the top of the meat mixture.
- Cook HIGH 1.5-2.5 hours or LOW 3-5.