For those busy nights, where you aren’t sure what to make, freezer meals can be a convenient solution. To get you started with accumulating your favorite comfort foods, we’ve created a guide to the perfect make-ahead and freezer-friendly recipes. With a little planning, you will love having Texas favorites such as chili, meatballs, enchiladas, and empanadas that are ready to be warmed up in a pinch.
Looking for guidelines on how long to freeze your make-ahead dishes? Check out these food storage guidelines for food safety.
Check out 15 of our favorite freezer-friendly recipes for days at home or busy evenings:
A breakfast with protein can be so quick and easy with make-ahead egg muffin cups.
This Texas Chili is so good, you’ll want to eat it more than once. Consider doubling your batch for extra leftovers!
Beef meatballs can easily be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer and spaghetti night has never been easier.
On a busy night, there’s nothing better than realizing that you have lasagna already prepped in the freezer. Save the remaining top layer of cheese for reheating for the perfect cheesy result. Pro tip: undercook the noodles to an al dente texture to prevent them from getting too soft.
Our meat sauce is perfect for batch cooking. This recipe is so versatile that it can be transformed into a variety of different meals.
Prep ground beef into patties ahead of time and freeze for any day of the week.
This warm and comforting tortilla soup is filled with spicy broth and tender brisket. Make extra and enjoy the rest later!
Who doesn’t love enchiladas any day of the week? Reserve some cheese topping for reheating for the best result.
Tender shredded beef can be cooked ahead of time and prepared 4 delicious ways with this recipe.
You’ll love this simple and flavorful beef barbacoa. This recipe is perfect for batch cooking, freezing, and can be prepared many different ways.
Want to cook something different with your family? These barbacoa empanadas are sure to excite your taste buds. Freeze uncooked empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until solid, before transferring to a freezer back. Empanadas can be baked straight out of the freezer with a few extra minutes of cooking time.
Enjoy a cozy and comforting casserole with this freezer-friendly recipe.
Make a large batch of make-ahead beef ragu for the freezer. You’ll thank us later.
Your family will think you cooked all day with this simple recipe.
You can’t beat a classic meatloaf.