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.

close up image of taco meat in the crock pot with a wooden spoon.

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.

close up image of three tacos on a black plate. they are topped with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

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.

Close up image of taco meat in the crock pot with a wooden spoon.

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.

close up image of three tacos on a black plate. they are topped with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

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
  • 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.
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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.

Close up image of three tacos on a plate topped with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

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 needed for taco meat - hamburger meat taco seasoning and salsa.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Taco Meat:

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.)

Close up image of taco meat in process in the crock pot.

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.

Close up image of three tacos on a black plate. They are topped with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

Toppings for Taco Meat:

  • 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. 

Close up image of taco meat in the crock pot with a wooden spoon.

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.

Close up image of three tacos on a black plate. The tacos are topped with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.

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

4.74 from 19 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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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. 5 stars
    That sounds yummy.dies your meat not release a lot of fat. How do you make your homemade taco seasoning ?

  2. 5 stars
    I cooked 7.5 pounds of Taco meat, like this, for a Taco Bar on New Year’s Eve! It went great and I have leftovers in the freezer. I also used your recipe for Taco Seasoning. I made both my daughters a jar for Christmas. Now I need to make me some!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this and we loved it. Couldn’t believe how easy. I will always fix in my crock pot from now on. Thanks for sharing. Tami from Wayne WV

  4. 5 stars
    I have a poker game coming up this following weekend and i really want to try this recipe, however i don’t want to use the salsa. Would it be possible to substitute the salsa for water? If it is how much would i use? Thanks.

  5. Hi just wondering how many this amount would serve – I’m wanting to make enough for 70 Thank you

  6. I have to feed 20….could I make this recipe x 3 in one crockpot? Or should I use multiple crockpots?

  7. Tammy – I think it would be fine to triple this recipe in the same crock pot as long as you have a larger crock pot.

  8. I don’t because I use 93/7 or 90/10 ground beef so it doesn’t have much fat. If you are using a higher fat content ground beef, you may want to drain. Thank you!

  9. If I add more meat, do I need to increase time?
    I am cooking for a LARGE crowd tonight and was hoping to have 2 crockpots going with 4lbs of meat each.

  10. No, you shouldn’t need to increase the time. I would break up the meat and let it cook a bit longer in the crock pot. At least an hour. Thanks!

  11. Having a taco party at work tomorrow and I found this recipe. Do you think I could cook on low over night? Thanks!

  12. Yes, you can cook on low for 7-8 hours and break up the meat before the last hour of cooking time. Thank you!

  13. Did exactly this yesterday (Saturday)!
    I turned out so great that we ate the rest for breakfast this morning.
    Thank you soooo much!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. I’m curious if I could cook it without the salsa?? We have a tomato allergy in the family so unfortunately I can’t use salsa. Have you tried without salsa?