perfect boiled ground beef

Susie here with another ‘how-to with suse’ :) this little trick is a great resource when making recipes such as Cincinnati Chili:
Boiled Ground Beef or Chuck
One of my grandmothers taught me to cook ground beef this way for use in her chili.  The cooked meat turns out in small crumbles and perfect for use in chili, spaghetti sauce and Mexican recipes.

Place the beef in a deep stove-top pan.
Add enough water to cover the meat.
If the meat stays in clumps, break it apart with a wooden spoon until it is in small crumbles.
Slowly bring to a boil, stirring often so the meat stays separated.
Lower the temperature, cover and simmer until the meat is brown and cooked.


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    • Susie G says

      Hey, Susie here…It depends on how much ground beef you are cooking, but it generally takes 15 minutes or so. Thank you for stopping by Cookie Rookie and let us know if you have any further questions.

  1. Marina says

    This may sound like a silly question but how do you drain this? In the sink? I try never to pour grease from my ground beef in the sink, I usually pour the grease in a mug, wait for it to cool & then into the garbage it goes so I’m confused as how this works. Thank you in advance :)

  2. Susie says

    Hey Marina, that isn’t a silly question at all. This is how I strain the beef, but if you are concerned about pouring the hot, oil water down the drain, please do it the way you are comfortable with.

    Here is how i do it: I place the colander in the sink, turn on the hot water and let it run until it is very hot, pour the beef/water mixture into the colander and rinse it thoroughly under the hot, running water. I then run the disposal with warm water and dish soap for a few seconds.

    I have never had any problems with the sink clogging, but you could just strain the beef/water over a large bowl, let the water cool, after it cools skim off any solidified fat, then throw the fat into the trash.

    Please let us know if you have any further questions and thanks for stopping by Cookie Rookie.

  3. Kelly says


    Hi, thanks for the instructions on how to boil ground beef. I’m interesting in setting a night aside to cook a bunch of ground beef (15-20 lbs). My goal is to cook a couple months’ worth of meat, so that I can portion them out, store them in the freezer, and have lunch/supper ready for dozens of meals.

    I’m thinking boiling would be the easiest option to cook this amount (although I’m open to suggestions). My plan to buy a bunch of meat and then proceed by focusing on “sets” of meet: i.e. 3-4 lbs at once, throw it into freezer bags, and then repeat the process until I go through all of the ground beef that I buy. Do you think I’d have to swap out the water between sets of meat? Any suggestions (or alternatives) on how to approach this?

    Thank you very much for any suggestions!

  4. Carrie says

    if you refrigerate your pot of boiled beef overnight (if you are working that far in advance) the fat will solidify on top of the water and beef, and you can just pull it off and toss it in the trash.

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