Slow Cooker Taco Meat

For years now I’ve been browning ground beef in my homemade taco seasoning to make tacos. On a whim I decided to make slow cooker taco meat. Boy, am I ever glad that I did. Hours in the slow cooker makes browned beef even better. Tender, juicy and tasty. Perfect for taco night!

Slow Cooker Taco MeatI used a very lean ground beef when I made this taco meat. You don’t want to deal with a bunch of fat floating around the top of your slow cooker. Ewwwww. No, use at least a 90/10 (that’s 90% meat, 10% fat) mix and crumble it well when frying it.

Any extra taco meat freezes very well so don’t be afraid to double the recipe if your slow cooker can handle it.

Slow Cooker Taco Meat

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes, un-drained
  • 1 7 ounce can diced green chiles (I used our fire-roasted Hatch chiles)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook until just about done.
  • Add the onion and stir. Cook until the beef is cooked through.
  • Transfer meat and onions and all remaining ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Stir and cook on low 4-6 hours.

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