If you’ve been reading Restless Chipotle very long you know that I prefer grinding beef for ground beef dishes myself. I know what’s in it, there is almost no chance of eColi, and I can control the fat.
Well, you may know that but I have been holding out on you. I have a couple of specialized mixes so that the flavor of my finished recipe is far beyond what you get if you use ground beef from the store.
I use a lean Angus chuck, trim off the hard outer fat. One thing I try to get is a well marbled meat, though. It will have more flavor. Once I have that I get Applewood smoked bacon.I use about 1 pound of beef to 1/4 pound of bacon.
After the hard, icky fat is trimmed off I cut the meat in strips that will go through my grinder. Then I cut the bacon into squares. As I grind I add a little bacon after every couple of strips of beef. When it is finished I gently mix it up.
That’s it. It takes less than five minutes.
The meat,when it’s cooked, has all the good, smoky bacon flavor right along with the beef. It makes the best hamburgers you’ll ever eat but it is also amazing in tacos, meatballs, sloppy joes, or whatever recipe you are using ground meat for.
You are going to need a grinder. I use the attachment that comes with my kitchen aid but a regular meat grinder is even better. The following links are the ones I recommend. They are affiliate links so if you click on them and buy the product I’ll get a small commission. That helps with the expenses of the blog – so I really appreciate it.
Anyway, as I said, I have the attachment that goes to the Kitchenaid. I like it because it means I don’t have to store yet another appliance. It is easy to wash, easy to put together, and easy to use. I have never had a problem with it at all. It is relatively inexpensive, too.
If you don’t have a Kitchenaid then you might want to get a regular grinder — especially if you hunt or are going to be using it for large amounts of meat at a time.
If you are going to get a specialized grinder then I would go ahead and spend the money for this one. It has 3000 watts of power and comes with three different grinding plates so you can use a coarser grind for chili or a finer grind for dumplings and meat balls.
How to Prepare and Grind Ground Meat Mix
Step One: Weigh out the bacon and beef. Use about 1/4 pound of bacon to 1 pound beef.
Step Two: Trim the outer fat off the beef.
Step Three: Cut meat so it will fit through the grinder easily.
Step Four Grind according to your manufacturer’s directions. Add the beef and bacon alternately.
That’s it – really easy to do. You cannot do this successfully in a food processor — don’t even try! Once you’ve gotten the beef and bacon ground you can use it the same way as regular ground beef. You might want to go easy on the salt, though. Keep in mind the bacon has a lot of salt.
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