This Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe makes the best taco meat packed with flavor. Dinner time is a breeze when you make taco meat in a crock pot.
Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe
Tacos are my family’s favorite meal. 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.
Crock Pot taco meat is perfect for parties!
Not only does your slow cooker make family dinner time a breeze but it is also 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. You can even reheat taco meat in the crock pot if you have leftovers.
It truly is perfect for any parties you might have.
Do you have a good crock pot?
Now you definitely need a crock pot for this recipe. I used a 6 quart crock pot for this recipe.
I recommend a programmable crock pot so that the crock pot will switch to the keep warm setting after the cook time. They are awesome and you can find some that are very affordable.
How to use leftover taco meat?
We love leftover taco meat. I will intentionally double the batch that I am making so that we can have leftovers for the upcoming meat.
- You can make burritos
- We love making taco salad
- Serve on top of homemade arepas
- Make homemade taco bowls. I like to add black beans to my taco bowl.
- Check out these other ways to use up the leftover taco meat.
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.
If you do decide to have the crockpot brown you meat, it might turn out a little drier. Just add in a little salsa and it will be the perfect consistency for beef tacos.
If you would like to still brown your ground beef on a skillet, that is fine also. Just spoon it in the crockpot with the other ingredients.
Use homemade taco seasoning:
We love 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.
Let’s make Crockpot Taco Meat!
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Taco Meat:
- Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
- Taco seasoning – I use homemade taco seasoning
How do you slow cook ground beef for tacos?
1. Place the ground meat in the slow cooker.
2. Pour the salsa on top and sprinkle with the taco seasoning mix. (We use homemade taco seasoning.)
3. Cover and cook for 3 -4 hours on high until no longer pink. Use a spoon to break up the taco meat in the slow cooker 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 5-6 hours.
Toppings for Taco Meat:
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Diced tomatoes
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.
We also like crockpot taco 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.
This is one my favorite ways to cook chicken. With only 3 ingredients I can make easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos.
Save time and save money!
We often use what meat 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. 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.
How to store taco meat
If you have taco meat leftover, you can place it in the refrigerator. I love having taco meat available for my kids to grab a quick taco as they are heading out the door. It is so much better for them and I know they are eating something that will last them for awhile.
Taco meat is also great to store. I like to place in a ziplock freezer bag. I make sure all the air is out and then I place it in the freezer. It is good in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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!
What to serve with Tacos
- Easy Spanish Rice Recipe
- Easy Crockpot Refried Beans Recipe
- The Best Crock Pot White Cheese Dip Recipe
- Easy Sopapilla Recipe
- Check out What to Serve with Tacos for more side dish ideas.
Print this Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe below:
Easy Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe
- 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.
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