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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This 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 this double 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, freeze for plain cooked beef to use in any recipe.
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 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 starting 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.
Slow Cooker Taco Meat
Yes, I said...you can make your taco meat in the slow cooker.
- 2 lbs ground meat of choice
- 2 pkg taco seasoning (or use my recipe for homemade taco seasoning )
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Around lunchtime, add all ingredients to slow cooker (my meat is usually frozen when I add it). Cook on high for several hours, give the meat a stir and break it up occasionally. Turn to low after the meat looks like it is mostly cooked (you probably don't have to, but I worry about it burning).
- 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.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 291kcal Calories from fat 205|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 23g||35%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||45%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
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