Madison’s Favorite Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Made from scratch in the slow cooker using homemade taco seasoning, this makes enough meat for several nights so we usually have tacos one night and I'll use the rest of the meat for leftovers over tostadas, taco salads or to freeze for another night.

Made from scratch in the slow cooker using homemade taco seasoning, this makes enough meat for several nights so we usually have tacos one night and I’ll use the rest of the meat for leftovers over tostadas, taco salads or to freeze for another night. The slow cooker is great for making taco meat, especially when using lean ground beef like I use here because the slow low heat makes them come out very tender. Can also be made with ground turkey or chicken or swap the taco shells for lettuce wraps to make them low-carb.

We love taco nights in my home SO much that I created an entire chapter in my new cookbook dedicated to tacos! Everything from traditional beef tacos to more creative tacos like Aji Tuna Poke Jicama Tacos, Indian inspired Cauliflower-Potato Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Chutney (my favorite!), Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Taquitos, Korean Tacos, just to name a few! Out of all my taco recipes, these are the most kid-friendly – the tacos my 6 year old daughter Madison loves!

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Made from scratch in the slow cooker using homemade taco seasoning, this makes enough meat for several nights so we usually have tacos one night and I'll use the rest of the meat for leftovers over tostadas, taco salads or to freeze for another night.

Madison's Favorite Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

Made from scratch in the slow cooker using homemade taco seasoning, this makes enough meat for several nights so we usually have tacos one night and I'll use the rest of the meat for leftovers over tostadas, taco salads or to freeze for another night.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 16 corn taco shells
Toppings:
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced

Directions:

  1. Brown the beef in a large nonstick skillet over high heat, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. When no longer pink add 2 teaspoons of the cumin along with the remaining dry spices, onion, bell pepper and garlic, stir and cook 2 to 3 minutes until soft, then transfer to the slow cooker along with 1/2 cup water and tomato sauce. Cover and cook on high 3 hours or low 6 to 8. Discard the bay leaf and add the remaining teaspoon of cumin.
  2. Heat the taco shells according to the directions, then assemble placing 1/4 cup beef in each shell, topped with lettuce, 1 tablespoon cheese and tomato.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 Servings, Serving Size: 2 tacos

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 9
  • Points +: 10
  • Calories: 382
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 86mg
  • Sodium: 744mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 31g
Made from scratch in the slow cooker using homemade taco seasoning, this makes enough meat for several nights so we usually have tacos one night and I'll use the rest of the meat for leftovers over tostadas, taco salads or to freeze for another night.