Hearty Meat Sauce

This basic meat sauce is designed to be used in a variety of ways.


  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 pounds 90% lean ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice, undrained
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Chop onions using Food Chopper. Heat (12-in.) Skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add onions, ground beef and garlic pressed with Garlic Press. Cook 15-18 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain.

  2. Transfer meat mixture to (8-qt.) Stockpot. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 40-45 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

  3. Place about 5 cups sauce and in separate freezer containers. Refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months for Beef Tostadas, Pasta Roll-Ups or Chili Bread Bowls.


  • 15  servings of 1 cup

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 220, Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol 60 mg, Carbohydrate 13 g, Protein 20 g, Sodium 610 mg, Fiber 2 g


U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 starch, 2 1/2 low-fat meat (1 carb) 

Cook's Tips:

Divide and save this sauce for another day to make these recipes: Beef Tostadas, Pasta Roll-Ups and Chili Bread Bowls.

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