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Last Updated on May 10, 2022
Make taco night a breeze with this tender and flavorful Slow Cooker Taco Meat recipe. Dump ground beef and simple spices in your slow cooker and dinner is done! This will become your families favorite taco!
Growing up, every night was Taco Tuesday in my house. My mom would take ground beef and throw it into a skillet with some taco seasoning and diced onions and dinner was done. I seriously looked forward to those delicious weeknight tacos.
When we got older she went on a kick and started making it with ground turkey, which honesty, I didn’t like.
Now that I’m a mom and in charge of the weekly meal plan I wanted to make my own taco meat recipe using from scratch using real ingredients like green chilies, ground beef and use my slow cooker.
I also make a homemade taco seasoning to skip our on store bought taco seasoning. My husband loves things spicy, so I do add a little cayenne from time to time.
How to make Slow Cooker Taco Meat:
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
In a small bowl combine all the spices to make the homemade taco seasoning.
Add the beef, tomato paste and spices to the slow cooker. Use a spoon to mix up the ingredients and break up the ground beef.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
Break up the ground beef some more.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the ground beef from the slow cooker / crockpot and serve.
Chef’s tip: You can reserve 2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning and add it in the last 30 minutes of cooking. This extra step isn’t necessary, but it will heighten the flavor of the meat!
Taco Shells, Taco Sauce, Salsa, Hot Sauce, Sour Cream, and what ever your favorite toppings are.
Can you put raw ground beef in a slow cooker?
Yes, you can put raw ground beef in a slow cooker or a crock pot.
Do you have to brown ground beef before you put it in a slow cooker?
No, you don’t. However, when you brown meat, it gives it a caramelized flavor making it richer and more flavorful.
Can I make this Taco meat Recipe in my Instant Pot?
Yes, you can however you will need to make the following adjustments.
Add 1/4 cup of beef broth.
Place the ground meat, broth and spices in the Instant Pot and press the Manual button and set for 10 minutes.
Let the meat natural release and then serve with your favorite toppings
Multiple Ways you can use Slow Cooker Taco Meat
Not only can you make Tacos but you can also use this meat in:
Taco Salads: Grab taco shell bowls and fill them with this crockpot taco meat, fresh salad, tomatoes, cheese, green chiles, for a easy dinner.
Enchiladas: Make this enchiladas recipe and add this delicious taco meat.
Make a bunch of dinners with this flavorful and tender slow cooker taco meat.
- In a small bowl combine all of the spices.
- Add the beef, tomato paste and spices to the slow cooker. Use a spoon to mix up the ingredients and break up the meat.
- Cook on low for 4 hours.
- Break up the meat some more.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the slow cooker and serve.
- Chef’s tip: You can reserve 2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning and add it in the last 30 minutes of cooking. This extra step isn’t necessary, but it will heighten the flavor of the meat!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 535mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 42g