Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos

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Slow cooker ground beef tacos

My absolute favorite slow cooker ground beef tacos recipe. Did you know you can prep dinner in only 5 minutes or less?

Taco night is a favorite in our household. Everyone has so much fun interacting at the dinner table and building the perfect taco combination while we laugh and eat. 

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On top of this being an insanely delicious dish, it is also insanely easy to make. I am not a big fan of anything taking away from my time so I am all about freezer meals. 

Not the kind of freezer meal that requires hours of cooking to have your food ready though. No I am talking about the kind of freezer meal requiring no prep besides throwing some chopped up ingredients into a bag. Takes 5 minutes and you have a dinner ready to be cooked. 

This slow cooker ground beef tacos recipe is sure to be a new favorite.  

Not only is making things easier important but so is eating healthy. 

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive though. It can be super affordable, for years we have had a super tight budget and managed to enjoy steaks, beef, chicken, vegetarian, and many other types of dinners and cuisines. 

Why you will love this slow cooker ground beef tacos recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Are beef tacos healthy?

Yes! Be sure to buy a grass fed quality beef. (Purchasing in bulk and on sale help get quality meat at a great price). Also this recipe is healthy because of creating your own spice blend. Many times spices contain some of the most disgusting preservatives that should not be ingested. Be sure to purchase a salsa that works with your dietary needs. 
 

Ingredients you will need for this beef tacos slow cooker recipe. 

  • ground beef 
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • oregano
  • tomato salsa
 

How to make homemade taco seasoning spice blend?

SUPER EASY! In the past we purchased a spice packet to make tacos. But since discovering what is actually in those spice blends I opt for homemade blends. Its so much more delicious, Healthier and cheaper. You can make the spice blend by simply add all your spices in the recipe to a small bowl and mix them together. 
 

How to make this beef tacos recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 
 
 
 
 

 

What kind of meat can I use for crock pot taco meat?

Many different meats will work with this recipe. 
Try using…
  1. Ground Beef
  2. Ground Chicken
  3. Ground Turkey
     

What to serve with this crock pot beef tacos recipe?

Serve with all of your favorite taco toppings. Or instead of making tacos try making burrito bowls by topping rice off with your beef taco meat and favorite taco toppings.
 
One of my favorite ways to top off a taco is to enjoy a bit of fresh slaw  on top. So good! 
 

How to store this beef tacos crock pot recipe after cooking?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos Recipe? 👇 

Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos

Delicious slow cooker ground beef tacos requiring noprep cooking before freezing. Make this recipe in 5 minutes and enjoy a healthyfamily dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Beef Tacos Crock Pot, Beef Tacos Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos
Servings: 8
Calories: 159kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup tomato salsa

Instructions

Directions:

  • Combine spices together to make seasoning blend.
  • Add beef and salsa to slow cooker and cover with seasoning.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours. (Do not stir or mix raw beef. You will break it apart after it has cooked. This gives a better texture to the cooked meat.)
  • Break apart and mix beef and serve in tortillas, or over rice.

Freezer Directions:

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

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 4-5 hours or high 2-3 hours. (May need an additional 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen)
  • Break apart and mix beef and serve in tortillas, or over rice.

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Simply replace the seasonings currently in the recipe card above with 1-2 taco seasoning packets. Usually you will need 1 packet per lb of meat you are cooking. 

Yes. Slow cookers and crock pots will cook ground beef raw. You do not have to brown or precook your meat. Be sure to mix/stir your ground beef after it has cooked for the best possible texture. 

Definitely! This is a great recipe to make for a crowd. This recipe will serve 8 adults. Feel free to double or triple the recipe as needed. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Yes. You can use ground beef chuck for tacos but you may have to cook the meat for a bit longer to get the right consistency. However both are delicious. 

Not at all. Ground beef can be placed into the slow cooker raw. Top it off with seasonings and some salsa and enjoy your day while dinner cooks for you. 

Be sure not to overcook the meat. But because you are cooking in the slow cooker you will be able to keep the meat juicy and delicious it its own natural fat. 

Some crock pots may have this function however it is an unnecessary step. Feel free to throw in the ingredients and step away. Super fast, easy, and healthy. 

Before! I love to have as little work as possible. Takes 5 minutes per dinner to prep a couple meals, throw them in the freezer and then move on. 

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