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I’m all about easy in the kitchen and this crock pot taco meat is no different. The slow cooker does all of the work and before I know it, dinner is served.
In addition to easy recipes, I am also a big fan of batch cooking. Batch cooking allows me to save time AND ensure that we are eating healthy, nourishing meals, even when our schedules might dictate otherwise. This recipe was designed for batch cooking and it freezes beautifully. New to batch cooking? Check out my post “Batch Cooking: Cook A Lot Now, Save Time Later“.
This flavorful taco meat is great for just about anything – salads, tacos, burritos, scrambled eggs, or even just plain with some diced avocado on it. Yum! It is great for potlucks and the Superbowl (or any other gathering where you need to feed a lot of people at once).
I love to do half bison and half beef in this recipe, but you could do all of one or the other and it will be delicious. This recipe also has my husband’s stamp of approval as a keeper. 🙂
Shout out to my friend Suzanne from Strands of My Life for shooting the photo for this recipe!
Check out these two slow cooker recipes that are also great for batch cooking:
- Creamy Coconut Green Chili Chicken Soup (a dairy and gluten free slow cooker recipe)
- The Easiest (and Most Delicious) Crock Pot Beef Ever
Easiest Crock Pot Taco Meat
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- 4 pounds grass-fed ground beef or ground bison
- 1 large onion finely minced
- 10 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 cup strained tomatoes
- 1/4 cup gluten-free Worcestershire
- 6 tbsp. taco seasoning or Mexican seasoning
- 1 jalapeno, finely minced
- 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir together well.
- Cook on low for 6-10 hours, stirring every once in awhile if convenient.
- See, told you it was easy!
- Makes delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taco salads, and much more!
- This taco meat freezes fantastically and makes fast and delicious dinners in a hurry!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 465mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
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I had no idea you could put raw ground meat into the crock pot and it would turn out okay… I’m going to have to try this on busy weekdays.
I do it all the time and it’s great! Enjoy!
Pinned! WE LOVE taco meat – thanks!
Enjoy! Thanks for the pin!
Do you think if one bought the ingredients for this for dinner tonight but forgot to throw it in the crock pot this morning (oops!) that it would still be good made on the stove top using the same ingredients? But draining the meat of course. I’m so upset I forgot to put it in the crock pot!
Jenna – Yep! I think that it would turn out great! Enjoy! 🙂
Do I need to brown and break up the meat first in a skillet?
Hi Katie – Nope! The whole point of this recipe is to reduce the need to cook (and wash extra dishes!). I just toss all the ingredients in the crock pot and let ‘er go! It turns out great every time! Hope that helps! 🙂
Sounds great – I will try. If I make extra to freeze – what’s the best way to reheat?
Hi Rachel – I just put the meat in a small saucepan and heat it up over low. Stir it often to keep it from sticking, but it works great. You could also re-heat it in a skillet or frying pan too. If you need, add a tiny bit of water or beef broth.
Made this last week. Never been a make ahead of time cook, I am now, the meat was delicious out of the crock pot, and also out of the freezer. Thanks!
Hi Karl! So glad you liked it! It’s one of our faves! 🙂
LOVE this recipe too So I included it in my contributor post – “50 Fabulous Grain-Free Slow Cooker Meals” – over at Keeper of the Home. I hope it sends lots of new friends your way! 🙂
Thank you Kelly! I will share that post! 🙂
I had to fudge the Worcestershire sauce because we didn’t have any on hand, but I found out that two teaspoons of liquid aminos, 1/4tsp lemon juice, a drop of organic liquid stevia, and a dash of pepper sauce makes a great gmo and gluten free alternative. Also, my daughter doesn’t do great with veggies so I stuck everything except for the meat in the blender first and added half a bag of organic match stick carrots. Blended it right into the sauce with all of the spices and my family loved it. She didn’t even realize I hit 3 of her “ew” factors in one fell swoop: tomatoes, onion, and carrot. We had a healthy, natural meal, she ate veggies with no dinner protest and finished in time to actually play a game together before bed, and I had time to play too because the slow cooker allowed me to multitask and save time. This was a big time parenting win. Thanks!
Awesome tips Colette! Thank you for taking the time to stop back by and share. I am so glad it worked well for you and your family! 🙂
I’de like to make this recipe for a lunch I’m having with some friends, I would need to double the recipe. Since it needs to be ready before 11 am (I need to be at my friends house by 11 am with the food made), do you think I could set the crock pot on high so I can start it early in the morning?
Hi Carolyn – You could probably start it the night before on low and let it go all night. It should be fine. Cooking it on high might work too, but depending on your roast, it may not end up very tender. I’d recommend low temp and longer time versus high temp and shorter time. Hope that helps!
Do I have to drain any fat off?
Hi Kelly – I use grass-fed beef in all my recipes which has very little fat. There’s never any to drain off. If you use fattier blends of ground beef then yes, you may end up with some that will need to be removed.
Have you ever substitutes green chilies for the jalapeños? We’re mild-spice folks so thinking that may work? Thanks.
Yes! That would be delicious! Enjoy! 🙂
Thanks for posting this! Our kitchen is being remodeled and we have a busy day, so throwing everything in the crock pot so the meat can cook while I do other things is fantastic! The recipe looks similar to what I already use, so I’m excited for dinner time to arrive and see how it turns out.
Awesome! Hope you liked it! I love slow cooker meals! 🙂
This is now our Favorite go to taco meat recipe, I will never make it the other packaged way again! Thank you for sharing our family LOVES It!
Awww, thank you Michelle! So happy to hear it! Woot! 🙂
Do you start with thawed or frozen meat ?
Hi Jon – Thawed meat.
Want to brown crock pot
Hi Bonnie! You could definitely brown the meat before putting it in the crockpot, but it’s really not necessary. And it defeats the purpose of keeping the dishes down. 🙂 Do you have an Instant Pot? If so, you can use the saute feature on it to brown the meat before turning on the slow cooker feature. One pot for all! 🙂
This looks yummy (and more importantly, EASY!), but I have a question. If we use homemade taco seasoning, which already contains onion and garlic powder, would you still add more? Normally I’m pretty competent at winging spices ;), but I’m trying to get together a meal plan for our summer with grandma and grandpa, and I want to be sure before I send it to them since we’ll be sharing cooking. Thanks! 🙂
Hi Christi! Thanks for stopping by! Totally up to you. I personally always add extra garlic and onion to everything I make, but if you want to avoid any chance of overdoing it, you could omit it and just stick with the premade seasoning. Happy cooking! 🙂
I made this about a month ago. I used one pound of grass fed beef and 3 pounds of 93/7 beef. The difference in price was eeeeeeeek. It was incredibly delicious and the meat texture was amazing. It was quick to throw together. I did all my chopping and spice measuring the night before and in the morning threw it all together the next morning. Tremendous flavor and so simple and way better than the standard season packets that come in the box. Thanks so much for sharing. This would be a hit on a taco Tuesday night party.
HI Mary! YUM! So glad you guys liked it! Thanks for taking the time to come back by and comment. I love hearing from people who have tried my recipes. 🙂
Hello 🙂 Just a quick question. What size crock-pot do you use? Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Christy! My old crockpot that I had at the time created this recipe was either a 6 quart or 8 quart. I can’t remember off the top of my head. I’ve since gotten rid of my crockpots as they have died and only use my 6 quart Instant Pot. I love only having one kitchen appliance to store now. Let me know if you have any other questions! Enjoy!
Over The past 5 years, this recipe is my go to for a crowd! It is also the most requested recipe from family and friends. I give this 5 stars-delicious and easy!
Aww, Holly! Thanks so much for the rave review! So glad everyone likes it. It’s so easy and SO delicious! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and tell me. I hope you are staying well amidst all the chaos. 🙂