Crockpot Taco Meat is a staple in our house. Dump everything in the crockpot in the morning, and flavorful crockpot taco meat is ready when you are! Forget to defrost your ground beef? No problem — this works equally well with frozen or defrosted beef. This post contains affiliate links.
A lot of people have differing ideas about what constitutes “easy.” I’ve seen recipes with 20 ingredients plugged as “an easy recipe.” Ummm, no. Even old standby “easy” recipes like tacos or spaghetti really take about 20 minutes to get on the table and I’ve mentioned that my children want to eat within 30 seconds of entering our home, so that’s 19:30 seconds too long of a prep time in my house. I was looking for a taco meat recipe for all our various taco needs that could be ready right when we are and I found it in The Country Cook’s Crockpot Taco Joes.
Crockpot Taco Meat How-to
So this taco meat requires no prep, just dump everything in in the morning. What if you forgot to defrost your ground beef you ask? No problem toss in a frozen hockey puck of ground beef and it cooks up perfectly fine. Frozen or defrosted, it all turns out great.
First up, grab a 1 lb. of ground beef, a small can of enchilada sauce and a small jar of salsa. My family rejects anything “spice” (real or imagined) so I did not add an envelope of taco seasoning, but that would kick it up a notch if that’s what you like.
Cook the meat on low for 8 hours. Now almost every crockpot recipe I make run more like 10 hours by the time we’re actually home eating it. My crockpot does turn to warm after 8 hours, and it’s totally fine when we get home. That’s it! Chop it up and stir it around a bit before you serve it and it’s ready to go. This is a very saucy taco meat, so I usually scoop it out with a slotted spoon. Plate it up and you’re set!
Crockpot Taco Meat Fixin’s
So my children want to eat the moment we hit the door. Like immediately. So I always shred up some cheese, have lettuce ready to roll and fix up any additional taco toppings. Then just grab your shells add your taco meat and dinner is ready!
We definitely use this as an easy weeknight taco dinner, but it’s also our go to meat to use for Nachos. So definitely shake it up and use it different ways. Need more easy dinner options? Be sure to try Leftover Burgers Makeover or Pan Roasted Veggies from Frozen. Anyone give this a try? I’d love to hear how you liked it in the comments!
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- 1 lb. of ground beef, fresh or frozen
- 1 small can of enchilada sauce
- 1 small jar of salsa
- 1 envelope of taco seasoning (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in the crockpot and place it on low for 8 hours. Chop and mix it up a bit before serving.
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