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Slow Cooker Taco Beef

Slow Cooker Taco Beef

I just love taco night, or as we call it in our house “fiesta night.” Fiesta night started in college with my roommate and has now become a tradition we’ve carried on with our own families. You just can’t beat classic taco beef. There is just so much you can do with it, hard shell tacos, soft shell tacos, burritos, nachos or my personal favorite, taco salad. Making the beef in your slow cooker gives all the flavors more time to marry together, also you can just set it and forget it.


1 lb lean hamburger meat
1 package taco seasoning
1 can, 8oz tomato sauce
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup of frozen corn
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons adobo sauce


Heat a large pan over medium high heat, then add in your hamburger meat. Be sure to break up the beef into small pieces while it cooks through. Drain any grease from the pan, then add in your taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Give everything a quick stir to combine then dump it into the slow cooker. To your beef, add all the rest of your ingredients: corn, adobo sauce, chopped onion, pepper and garlic. Stir everything to combine and that’s it. Set your slow cooker to high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. If you have an instant pot feel free to sauté your beef right in the slow cooker for an easier clean up. Once your beef is done, use it in your favorite Mexican dinner. I usually set out soft tortillas and chips as well as a toppings bar and let everyone create their own.

My tip for this one is a goody! The packet of taco seasoning you get at the store will tell you to add water to your beef when mixing in the seasoning. Instead of doing that, add in the tomato sauce and what you’re left with is a much more flavorful beef mixture. Even if you’re just making regular tacos on the stove top, this will work. Trust me once you try it you’ll never go back to using water in your taco meat. This taco meat also freezes beautifully, anything that doesn’t get eaten just freeze for your next fiesta night. As mentioned above I love to serve this family style with a toppings bar. Lettuce, red onion, fresh jalapeños, avocado or guacamole, lots of cheese, sour cream, lime wedges, Mexican rice, beans, chips and tortillas, to name a few options 😂. Also by loading up the taco meat with veggies you’re making it healthier, heartier and giving it more flavor and texture. Not to mention that’s one less vegetable dinner battle with the kids. Win win!


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