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Slow cooker taco meat may become your new favorite way to make easy dinners! Making taco meat in a crock pot will save you time and money, because you can use the taco meat for meals all week long! This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes! Whether you have been slow cooking for years or you’re new to slow cooking meals, check out my slow cooker user’s resource guide for slow cooker tips and some of my best slow cooker recipes!
Yes, I said…you can make your taco meat in the slow cooker. It’s so nice to have it going and have everything ready before the supper hour (ahem…during nap time is the perfect time to get this all done).
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Time Saving Slow Cooker Taco Meat
This recipe is especially convenient on those busy nights when everyone has to eat at different times….or when I don’t get home until it’s time to eat and I really don’t want to have to think about getting supper to the table.
I love using my own taco seasoning mix (it’s cheaper, tastes better, and I know exactly what’s in it), but you can easily use those little packets from the spice aisle.
I usually make a double batch of the taco meat recipe, or even more. Why not?!?!? It’s so easy and then you can freeze the leftovers in zip top baggies in the amounts that your family will use it for easy meals in the future. You could also just cook the meat (without seasoning) in the slow cooker, strain, and freeze for plain cooked beef to use in other recipes, like spaghetti with meat sauce.
How to Make Slow Cooker Taco Meat in a Crock Pot
Edited to add: I have had several people write that cooking meat from frozen in a slow cooker can lead to food poisoning. I’ve been making this slow cooker taco meat in a crock pot for probably 25 years as well as just about every other meal I’ve made since I was about 15 has started with frozen meat. No one has ever gotten sick and everything cooks beautifully.
Anyway, consider this your warning. If you are uncomfortable making taco meat with frozen meat, thaw it in the fridge overnight before adding to the slow cooker. You will need to adjust the cooking times/temps for thawed meat.
- 2 pounds ground meat (beef, turkey, or chicken)
- 2 oz. taco seasoning (or use the equivalent of 2 pkgs of my recipe for homemade taco seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker (my meat is usually frozen when I add it). Cook on high for 3-4 hours, making sure to stir and break it meat occasionally. Turn to the slow cooker to low after the meat looks like it is mostly cooked (just to make sure it doesn't burn) and let it cook another 1-2 hours.
- The taco meat will look really soupy. That's okay, just strain it before serving. Part of it is the fat, part of it is a little extra moisture from the water. To strain, put a colander over a bowl in the sink and dump in the meat or use a turkey baster to remove excess liquid.
You can also just make a huge batch of unflavored, cooked ground beef. Then use or freeze in portions your family will eat for quick meals.
To Freeze: Place drained meat into a freezer zip top bag in portions your family will use in one meal. Squeeze out the air and seal. Freeze flat. Will last in the freezer 2-3 months. Thaw and use in your favorite recipe.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 331 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 101mg Sodium: 615mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 31g
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