Slow cooker mince recipes are a great way to make a hearty, filling meal without spending ages in the kitchen.
Mince is a type of ground meat often used in dishes like spaghetti bolognese, shepherd’s pie, lasagne and curries. Slow cooker recipes can be made with beef, pork, lamb, turkey or chicken.
In this guide, I’ll share some of my favourite recipes for slow cooker mince. Whether you’re looking for a classic dish or something a little different, you’ll find something to suit your tastebuds.
Can You Put Raw Mince In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, it’s perfectly safe to put raw mince in a slow cooker. In fact, some people prefer not to brown the meat first, as this can add extra time to the cooking process.
Raw meat will cook evenly in a slow cooker and will come out soft and tender.
Some people prefer to brown mince before adding it to the slow cooker to drain off any excess fat before cooking it and enhance the flavour. If you choose to saute it first, it’s a good opportunity to simultaneously saute other ingredients, including onions, garlic and spices.
Either way, you can be assured that your raw meat will cook thoroughly and safely in a slow cooker if cooked for long enough.
How Long Does It Take To Cook Mince In A Slow Cooker?
Raw mince will cook in 2 to 3 hours on high and 4 to 6 hours on low. You can leave mince in a slow cooker for longer; it will just become softer, assuming there is enough liquid for it to cook in.
Can You Overcook Mince In A Slow Cooker?
It is possible to overcook mince in a slow cooker but not typical. As long as you have set the slow cooker off on the low setting and have some liquid in there, it shouldn’t overcook or burn.