Ground Beef Tacos Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Tacos, loved by everyone, even those picky eaters that sometimes just make dinnertime so stressful. This recipe is sure to bring everyone running to the dinner table, ready to eat and enjoy.
Gluten Free

Hey there, fellow parents and food-loving friends with big hearts! Are you on a mission to make life a bit easier for busy parents everywhere? Well, you’re in the right place because today, we’re diving into the delicious universe of Ground Beef Tacos Freezer Meal

Imagine sinking your teeth into perfectly seasoned, savory ground beef cradled in warm tortillas, adorned with all your favorite taco toppings. It’s a mouthful of joy that’s not only scrumptious but also incredibly practical, making it a must-have in your collection of make-ahead meals.

As parents who understand the daily hustle and bustle, we’re excited to share this freezer-friendly Ground Beef Tacos recipe with you. It’s your ticket to enjoying a homemade dinner without the usual time-consuming prep.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the easy steps of creating these delectable tacos, offer tips on freezing and reheating, and share creative serving suggestions that’ll make you the dinnertime champion. Let’s turn busy evenings into taco fiestas, one delightful taco at a time!

Why you’ll love this Make Ahead Ground Beef Tacos

  • Flavorful and Delicious
  • You can (and should) make it in advance
  • Versatile dish
  • Time Saver
  • Kid Friendly
  • Minimal Clean up
Ground Beef Tacos Freezer Meal Recipe
Tacos, loved by everyone, even those picky eaters that sometimes just make dinnertime so stressful. This recipe is sure to bring everyone running to the dinner table, ready to eat and enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 683 kcal
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 crockpot
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup Tomato salsa
For serving:
  • 8 tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Freezer Prep Directions:
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients, except for serving, to the freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months.
Slow Cooker Directions:
  • Thaw freezer bag in fridge 12-24 hours before cooking.
  • Dump contents of the freezer bag into a slow cooker. (Do not stir)
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours
  • Break apart the meat, stir, and serve in tortillas and top with cheese. Optional: Top with your favorite taco toppings.
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Dump the contents of the freezer bag into the Instant Pot, add 1/2 cup water.
  2. Set to High Pressure for 12 minutes, followed by a quick release. 
  3. Break apart the meat, stir, and serve in tortillas and top with cheese. Optional: Top with your favorite taco toppings.
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
Make it Dairy-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally dairy-free.


Calories: 683kcalCarbohydrates: 99gProtein: 33gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 10346mgPotassium: 2179mgFiber: 30gSugar: 15gCalcium: 864mgIron: 35mg
Keyword Beef Recipes, Beef Tacos Crock Pot, Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos
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Equipment needed to make Easy and Quick Ground Beef Tacos

  • 1 gallon freezer bag
  • 1 crockpot

Ingredients for your Delicious Ground Beef Tacos

  • 2 lbs Ground beef
  • 2 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Gaprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 cup Tomato salsa
  • For serving:
  • 8 Tortillas
  • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese

How to Make a Ground Beef Tacos

Prep/freezer directions:

  1. Label freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (today’s date plus three months).
  2. Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  3. Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking directions:

  1. Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low 5-6 hours
  4. Break apart the meat and stir. Serve in tortillas and top with cheese.

What to serve/pair with your Homemade Ground Beef Tacos



  • Fried Ice Cream
  • Flan
  • Sopapillas


  • Pineapple Cooler
  • Jamaica Iced Tea
  • Horchata

Popular Substitutions and Additions


  • Ground Turkey: You can substitute ground beef with lean ground turkey for a healthier twist on traditional beef tacos. It’s a lower-fat option that still delivers a flavorful and protein-packed filling.
  • Vegetarian Crumbles: For a meatless alternative, consider using vegetarian crumbles or plant-based ground meat substitute. These products mimic the texture and flavor of ground beef, making them suitable for vegetarian or vegan tacos.
  • Green Salsa: Instead of tomato salsa, opt for green salsa (salsa verde) to add a tangy and slightly spicy twist to your tacos. It complements the spices and herbs in the seasoning mix and offers a unique flavor profile.


  • Avocado Slices: Add creamy avocado slices as a topping to your tacos. Avocado not only enhances the texture but also brings a rich, buttery flavor that pairs wonderfully with the seasoned beef.
  • Pickled Jalapeños: For a kick of heat and tanginess, include pickled jalapeño slices as a topping. They add a zesty punch to your tacos and contrast nicely with the savory filling.
  • Black Beans: Boost the fiber and protein content of your tacos by mixing in cooked black beans with the seasoned ground beef. It’s a hearty addition that enhances both the flavor and nutritional value of the meal.

These substitutions and additions allow you to customize your Ground Beef Tacos, catering to various dietary preferences and taste preferences while ensuring that the ingredients are freezer-friendly.

How to Reheat and Store Ground Beef Tacos after cooking?

Best way to store Make-Ahead Ground Beef Tacos?

When you are wanting to store your leftovers, allow the cooked Ground Beef Tacos to cool slightly before storing them. This helps prevent excess condensation inside the storage container.

If you are planning to consume your leftovers within a few days, storing in the fridge is your best option. For longer storage times, storing in the freezer would be your best option. Either way you choose to store, use airtight containers or freezer safe zipper bags.

You can store them individually or as a batch, depending on your preference. If you are stacking multiple tacos, place a small piece of parchment paper or wax paper between each taco to prevent sticking. Label the containers with contents and prep date, this ensures you can keep track of how long the tacos have been in storage.

How long will Ground Beef Tacos last in the fridge?

With proper cooling and storing techniques, your leftover ground beef tacos will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Always check your leftovers before reheating to make sure that your leftovers have not spoiled in the fridge. Spoiled food has a distinct smell to it, and should not be consumed.

Can I freeze homemade Ground Beef Tacos after cooking?

Yes, of course! When you are planning for longer storage, freezing is a great option. Allow your leftovers to cool completely to room temperature. When your leftovers have cooled, place your tacos in a freezer bag, separated by parchment paper. This prevents sticking.

Try to remove as much air as possible from the bags to prevent freezer burn. For best quality, consume the frozen tacos within 2-3 months.

If you are planning to make this Ground Beef Tacos into a raw freezer meal, simply add all ingredients into a gallon freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, seal and freeze. Make sure to label your bags with the date of preparation, and freeze for 3-6 months.

How to Reheat Best Practices for Ground Beef Tacos?

When you are looking to reheat your Ground Beef Tacos, make sure that your tacos have been thawed, if they were frozen. To thaw, place tacos in the fridge the night before you plan to eat them. From a thawed out point, you have a few options of reheating your tacos.

If you want to reheat on the stovetop, warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place your thawed tacos in the skillet and heat for a few minutes on each side until they are heated through and the tortillas are slightly crispy.

Another option for reheating is to use your microwave. Place the tacos on a microwave-safe plate and heat in 30-second intervals until the are warmed through. Once reheated, assemble your ground beef tacos with your favorite toppings and enjoy! 

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