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Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef

slow-cooker taco ground beef Entree
Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 8 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 16

Stretch your dollar with beans added to this slow-cooker ground beef! Use one portion now, and freeze the other three for quick weeknight tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more! MORE+ LESS-

March 1, 2018

Ingredients

3
lb lean (85%) ground beef
1
bag (12 oz) frozen chopped onions, thawed
1
can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
1
jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky medium or hot salsa
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
4
Old El Paso™ crunchy taco shells
2
cups shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend (8 oz)

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Break up beef; place on bottom and up sides of slow cooker.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix onions, beans, salsa and taco seasoning mix; place in center of slow cooker over beef. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 hours.
  • 3
    Drain beef mixture through strainer set over large bowl. Press with spatula or wooden spoon to break up any large chunks of beef. Divide into 4 portions.
  • 4
    Use 1 portion immediately to fill tacos, dividing evenly among taco shells; top with cheese, then add favorite taco toppings.
  • 5
    Transfer remaining portions to pint-size freezer containers, and freeze up to 3 months. Use one portion in your Mexican recipes that call for 1 lb ground beef cooked with taco seasoning mix. Just thaw overnight in refrigerator or defrost in microwave before using. Microwave in microwavable container 2 to 3 minutes on High or until steaming before adding to recipes that call for hot ground beef.

Expert Tips

  • Save your strained liquid to use as a super flavorful braising liquid for your next pot roast.
  • You can sub 3 cups diced fresh onions for the frozen onions.
  • Tacos are just the beginning! Try four more dinner ideas that start with ground beef.
  • Gone for more than 8 hours? Try this recipe overnight! Check out our tip sheet for more slow-cooker secrets.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
180
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
17%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
460mg
19%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
8g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
Sugars
2g
Protein
16g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This recipe for crockpot tacos is an excellent way to feed tacos to a crowd (the recipe makes enough meat for 16 servings!) but it’s also a great recipe to store in the freezer for a quick dinner later. Not only can you reach for this ground beef for tacos, but you can also use it as the base for other recipes like ground beef totchos, easy enchiladas, taco melts or even a taco casserole. Not a huge fan of ground beef, or looking for ways to make your favorite Tex-Mex meals a little healthier? You can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this recipe for a leaner take on ground taco meat. It can easily be used in the recipes mentioned above as well, in addition to tacos. Want to make enchiladas with this taco ground beef, but not sure where to start? We have an easy how to make enchiladas article to walk you through making the perfect enchilada dish step by step.

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