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Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef

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  • 15 min prep time
  • 8 hr 15 min total time
  • 7 ingredients
  • 16 servings
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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!

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

  • 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.
  • 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 INFORMATION PER SERVING

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%
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.
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