Slow Cooker Taco Meat with Homemade Taco Seasoning

Andy Anderson !


I love good tacos… They can be chicken, fish, beef, or pork… But I love tacos. When I do ground beef tacos I want the meat to be well seasoned, and taste like heaven. And this is exactly what this recipe will do. It does take six hours, but it is worth every single minute of that time.

In addition will be using our own homemade taco seasoning spices. Feel free to experiment with the spices and choose some to your own liking.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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20 Min
6 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


1 lb
lean ground beef
1/4 c
beef stock or water


1 Tbsp
chili powder (i like hot)
1/2 tsp
hungarian paprika
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
2 tsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety, or to taste
1 tsp
freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1/4 c
yellow onion, finely chopped


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1Gather your ingredients.

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2Mix all the dry spices together.

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3Chop up the onions.

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4Place the ground beef in a mixing bowl.

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5Add the dry spices, the onion, and 4 tablespoons of beef stock or water.

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6Mix the ingredients together.

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7Chef’s Note: You don’t have to go too crazy with the mixing. Just get them combined. They will have plenty of time in the slow cooker to get to know each other.

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8Add the mixture to the slow cooker, and then add the remaining beef stock, or water.

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9Set your slow cooker to low, and set a timer for two hours.

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10After two hours open the slow cooker, and breakup the taco meat.

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11Return the cover to the slow cooker, and set the timer for an additional two hours.

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12After two hours, open slow cooker and again break the meat apart.

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13Chef’s Tip: You might want to have some additional beef broth on hand, just in case the taco meat begins to dry out.

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14Close the lid, and set the timer for the last two hours.

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15At the end of six hours total time, remove that wonderful smelling taco meat from the slow cooker.

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16Chef's Note: If there is any grease, absorb it with a few paper towels. However, if you use lean ground beef, you probably won't have this problem.

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17What you do at this point is totally up to you. It goes good on a taco salad, stuffed shells; just plain old tacos, or anything else you can come up with. Enjoy.

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18Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican