Whether for Taco Tuesday or any night you’re feeling like Mexican for dinner, this easy Crock Pot Taco Meat recipe is exactly what you need!
Making taco meat for a crowd has never been easier than this CrockPot Taco Meat recipe! Only 3 ingredients, set it and forget it!
Tacos are great for any day of the week regardless of if it is Tuesday or not. Although I do use it being Tuesday as a good excuse for tacos.
Mexican has got to be one of my favorite cuisines to eat and tacos are pretty high up on the list. But this slow cooker taco meat recipe can be used for so much more that just tacos.
How to make taco meat in the slow cooker:
Add ground beef to crock pot.
Sprinkle meat with taco seasoning and add salsa, stir to coat.
Cook on low for 3 hours. Drain, if necessary or use a slotted spoon to remove meat. Serve with your favorite taco toppings on either a soft or hard shell.
You can use taco meat on:
I prefer to use a lean ground beef so draining isn’t necessary at the end. You do need some fat to prevent sticking and keep the mix juicy, but you don’t want grease pooling on the top either.
Why make taco meat in the crock pot?
It is true that this crockpot taco meat recipe can just as easily be made on the stove top and in a fraction of the time, but it will also be more likely to dry out.
Making anything in a slow cooker ensures that the liquids don’t evaporate and instead stay in the cooking vessel and with the food. In some cases, like a sauce, you don’t want this to happen, but for taco meat it is perfect!
Making it taco meat in the slow cooker is also ideal for parties and serving on a taco bar!
How to make a taco bar:
ONE. Cook your taco meat and either serve it in the slow cooker on “keep warm” or in another serving bowl.
TWO. Chop up all of your other taco toppings and fixings. Some of our favorites for a taco bar include:
- Sour cream
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced fresh tomato
- Hot Sauce
- Mexican Yum Yum Sauce
- Seasoned Pinto Beans
Personalize your taco meat:
If you are looking to make your crock pot taco meat special, just add one of these and watch everyone swoon!
- 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh jalapenos, minced
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbed
How much is in a taco seasoning packet?
You might notice I don’t tell you to use a taco seasoning packet. It isn’t that they aren’t convenient or tasty, I just bet that you have all the ingredients already in your pantry.
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried oregano
- ground cumin
- fine sea salt
- ground black pepper
If not and your prefer to buy a little packet, go for it and use just one.
If you like this Crock Pot Taco Meat, here are even more fabulous taco recipes to try!
- Crunchy Pork Tacos
- BBQ Pork Tacos
- Tropical Beef Tacos
- Korean Beef Tacos
- BEST Fish Tacos
- Easy Taco Salad Bites
- Even more delicious Taco Recipes!
Alternatively, you can also make taco meat in the Instant Pot!
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Whether it is Tuesday or any other day of the week, we hope you enjoyed your tacos!
Crockpot Taco Meat
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 16 ounces chunky salsa
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- Add ground beef to crock pot.
- Sprinkle meat with taco seasoning and add salsa, stir to coat.
- Cook on low for 3 hours.
- Drain, if necessary or use a slotted spoon to remove meat.
- Let us know if you’ve tried this recipe and how it was!