This Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe makes the best taco meat packed with flavor. Dinner time is a breeze when you make taco meat in crock pot.

Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe

We love tacos! Whether it is Mexican Monday or Taco Tuesday, our family is always up for a good taco.

While cooking the taco meat is not a hard task, sometimes you just need to be able to have dinner on the table the moment you get home. Learn how to cook slow cooker taco filling to make dinner time so easy during busy weeknights.

Toss everything in the slow cooker earlier in the day and once you come home, dinner is ready to be served. Plus, the meat is so flavorful and tender from being in the crockpot all day!

It is our favorite way to enjoy tacos.

You will love Crockpot taco meat!

Crock Pot taco meat is perfect for parties!

Not only does your slow cooker make family dinner time a breeze but it is great for parties or large crowds. We love to serve tacos for parties and using the crockpot makes it so easy.

I’m not stuck in the kitchen and the slow cooker does all the work. Plus, the taco meat stays nice and warm until everyone is ready to eat.

It truly is perfect for any parties you might have.

We love to make Crockpot taco meat for a crowd.

You will need a crock pot for this Slow Cooker ground beef taco meat recipe.

Now you definitely need a crock pot for this recipe. I have two favorite crock pots.

One is the programmable 6 quart crock pot. It is awesome and very nice on the budget.

I love that it will seal closed so you can transport it for parties and tailgates. This is such an awesome feature if you take your crock pot places.

I also love my Ninja cooking system. It is pretty awesome because you can brown your ground beef or whatever meat you are cooking in the pot and then let is slow cook all day.

That means one more less pan to cook for most recipes. This has become my new favorite crock pot just because of that one feature!

I am all about making things easier around here and having less dishes to clean up!

Can you put raw ground beef in a slow cooker?

Yes you can. There is no browning required in this recipe.

Everything gets tossed in the slow cooker for an amazing meal. You will love how tender and delicious this taco meat turns out.

Can I cook ground beef in crockpot?

This is our  preferred way to cook ground beef. While the stove top is fast, it is just so easy in the slow cooker.

Slow cooker beef with taco seasoning is the easiest meal!

Learn how to make homemade taco seasoning. It is so simple and easy.

I keep this on hand and it makes a big batch. You will save so much money making this at home.

It is so nice not having to buy the little packets all the time at the grocery store. Plus, I love knowing exactly what is in the taco seasoning.

You can even reheat taco meat in crockpot.

This is great if you need to prepare for a meal or party ahead of time. Just reheat in the slow cooker to make everything so easy.

Let’s make Crockpot taco meat!


Ingredients for Crock Pot Taco Meat:

How do you slow cook ground beef for tacos?

1. Place the ground meat (raw) in the crock pot.

2. Pour the salsa on top and sprinkle with the taco seasoning mix.  (We use homemade taco seasoning.)

3. Cover and cook on high for 3 -4 hours until no longer pink. Use a spoon to break up the taco meat and serve.

Notes – I like to break up the taco meat 30 minutes before serving. Also, you could use frozen ground beef but you will need to cook on high for 7 hours.

Serve Crockpot taco meat with Homemade Taco Shells for a really delicious meal. 

Learn how to make homemade taco bowls here. You can also use these to make a taco salad.

Just use whatever taco shells your family prefers. This is our favorite taco meat recipe and it is so good however you serve it.

What type of toppings are good with this Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe?

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • onion
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa
  • avocado

You can also add rice to your tacos. It is so tasty and a great way to stretch your meat as well.

Everyone loves rice and it is such a tasty way to make your meat go further. Learn how to freeze rice and you can make this even easier.

I love to grab the rice from the freezer in the morning and when we come home it is all ready for dinner. We can either eat it as a side dish or put in our tacos.

We do this for lots of meals and it helps put together a quick meal. If you are not freezing rice, you should be. ?

You can also try slow cooker turkey taco meat.

Just substitute ground turkey instead of beef. Throw in a little homemade taco seasoning and you are set!

We also like crockpot taco meat chicken for a quick and easy dinner idea. 

We have the best Crockpot Chicken Tacos Recipe with only 3 ingredients needed! This is a nice change from ground beef if you want to try something different some weeks.

We often use what we have in the freezer or what is on sale that week. By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget.

Whether you use ground beef, ground turkey or chicken in this recipe, it is sure to be a hit. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.

In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget.

Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape. This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable.

Plus, being able to throw this together quickly and easily really helps to avoid the temptation of getting take out.  Everyone is much happier with a delicious home cooked meal anyway.

Take out these days is not that fast and costs a small fortune. It is even more if you have 8 kids like I do.

This is one of favorite slow cooker taco ground beef recipes!

This recipe is so easy and everyone loves it! You can’t go wrong with this slow cooker recipe.

Dinner is so easy with the slow cooker plus really tasty as well. Let us know what you family thinks!

Crock Pot Taco Salad Recipe is another recipe perfect for busy weeknights. You can enjoy this meal with very little effort, hardly any clean up and everyone will enjoy this flavorful recipe.

Print this Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe below:

Easy Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe

4.79 from 14 votes
Learn how to make Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe for the best taco meat packed with flavor. Get dinner on the table quickly when you make taco meat in crock pot.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 399
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning


  • Place the ground meat (raw) in the crock pot.
  • Pour the salsa on top and sprinkle with the taco seasoning mix.  (We use homemade taco seasoning.)
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until no longer pink. Use a spoon to break up the taco meat and serve.

Recipe Notes

I like to break up the taco meat 30 minutes before serving. Also, you could use frozen ground beef but you will need to cook for an additional hour on high.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 399kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 26g, Fat 30g, Saturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 107mg, Sodium 541mg, Potassium 531mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 365IU, Vitamin C 1.6mg, Calcium 40mg, Iron 3.2mg

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  1. If I use 6 lbs of higher fat, should I simply cook beef first and then drain. Adding the salsa and seasoning in the final hour?
    I made this exact recipe before, loved it and am now trying to fix it for a party.

  2. Any salsa works great – I usually use whatever I can find on sale but you can definitely use your favorite type!

  3. 5 stars
    This is now my go-to recipe for taco meat. It is so quick and easy. Tastes great, and on a busy day, I just need to set out the shells and the toppings. Love it!

  4. 5 stars
    I make this recipe all the time my husband and I love taco’s and this is easy and good. I was scared about putting raw hamburger in crockpot but turned out wonderful. I never have tacos at a restaurant anymore cause of this taco meat recipe.

  5. I would love to add corn and black beans in this…should I add it at the same time? Or wait till the last hour or so?

  6. I would add those in after you break up the ground beef so they do not get smashed with breaking up the beef. Then cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or low for an hour. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Was lazy and didn’t use the crockpot. It was a last minute dinner so cooked it up in a frying pan. My whole family decided we are to never use packaged taco mix again. So yummy
    Thanks for sharing

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