Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce

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Easy to make Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce is an easy 2 step process and requires little hands-on time!

Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce 2 Step easy recipe

We recently had guests for a week that ended in an Engagement party and a tailgating football event the next day. Although I love entertaining enough is enough it can be a lot of work. After that week, I wanted easy food that I could throw together while I get my life house back in order.

I like to keep this meat sauce cooked and ready in the refrigerator. It’s great for spaghetti, calzones, lasagna, pizza and dipping breadsticks. I like to add the beef and let it cook in the slow cooker, but you can leave the meat out especially if you don’t have immediate plans to use this tomato sauce.

Homemade Gift Ideas

Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce is also great as a gift for teachers, neighbors, party hosts, or just a little happy for a friend. When I package it for gifts, I do not add the meat. Just follow the instructions omitting the beef. Saute the onions in 2 T vegetable oil instead of the beef drippings. Put the tomato sauce in a quart or pint jar, tie pretty raffia around it. The sauce makes a great gift all by itself or package it with pasta, a small basil plant, garlic bulbs, and your favorite spaghetti or lasagna recipe!

Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce

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Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce

Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce 2 Step easy recipe

Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce

Easy to make Slow Cooker Tomato Meat Sauce is a 2 step process and requires little hands-on time! #slowcooker #crockpot #tomatosauce #tomatoes #sauce #gravy
Author: Paula
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 2 quarts


  • 1 lb 90% lean ground beef omit if making sauce for a gift
  • 2 (28 oz cans) tomatoes crushed
  • 1 medium onion approx 1 cup
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 bay leaves fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper


  • Turn slow cooker on 250 degrees.
  • I rough chopped my onion because I was trying to see how fast I could get all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Chop them small if you prefer.
  • Cook onion and ground beef in a skillet on medium high heat until no longer pink. I didn't have to drain any fat off since my meat was lean.
  • While onions and beef are cooking, add remaining ingredients to slow cooker - tomatoes, garlic, oregano, bay leaves, sundried tomatoes, salt, pepper, red pepper, and roasted red pepper.
  • Add beef and onions and stir. Place lid on and allow to cook on 200-250 degrees for 4 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves and use in recipe of your choice


Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1561mg | Potassium: 920mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE MEAT SAUCE!! When my Mom would make spaghetti sauce, I ate it by the bowl full. Also, love slow cooker recipes! Pinning this to try! Thanks!!

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  3. 5 stars
    Looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you at the party Tuesday! Have a great week!

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  5. 5 stars
    This recipe sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it Paula. Great pictures too!!

  6. I make sauce all the time at home but never in a crock pot. This looks delicious Paula, and now I want pasta! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring you this week at Show Stopper Saturdays! 🙂

  7. For years and years I was content to buy the jarred stuff at the store ….. when I finally decided to make it myself, I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how much better it tasted! I’m a fan of slow cooker cooking, Paula – pinning this! I have also Buffered this to share on Facebook! Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends this week – I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Jamie. I was the same about buying it Jamie, then decided one that that there had to be a easier cheaper way. I’ve been happy with this. I usually make a lot and freeze ti.

  8. I love this recipe, Paula! I recently received a lot of tomatoes, and I think I’m going to have to use them in this 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us at Saturday Night Fever!

  9. The one thing that drives me bonkers about great pasta sauce is how long it takes to simmer, because I end up having to get up and down from my chair all day to check on it. You’ve solved my issue, Paula. THANK YOU!

    1. You’re welcome, Becca! I like slow cooker dishes that I can start during the day, all heck breaks loose at my house after the boys get out of school.

  10. It’s pasta night today and I’ think I’ve just found what I’ll be coooking… It looks terrific c:

  11. I love this Paula! Since I eat ground turkey, I’m assuming I’d still take the same steps. I don’t think the drippings from ground turkey are that much, though. Would you still use oil to saute the onions?

    1. You may need a little oil, I’d render the turkey and see. Add just a little if you need it. Thanks for stopping by.

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