Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef

Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef

Stretch your dollar with beans added to this slow-cooker ground beef! Use one portion now, and freeze the other three for quick weeknight tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more! By Pillsbury Kitchens
  • 15 Minutes Prep
    8 Hours 15 Minutes Total

Ingredient List

  • 3 lb lean (85%) ground beef
  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen chopped onions, thawed
  • 1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
  • 1 jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky medium or hot salsa
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 4 Old El Paso™ crunchy taco shells
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend (8 oz)
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Break up beef; place on bottom and up sides of slow cooker.
  2. In large bowl, mix onions, beans, salsa and taco seasoning mix; place in center of slow cooker over beef. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 hours.
  3. Drain beef mixture through strainer set over large bowl. Press with spatula or wooden spoon to break up any large chunks of beef. Divide into 4 portions.
  4. Use 1 portion immediately to fill tacos, dividing evenly among taco shells; top with cheese, then add favorite taco toppings.
  5. Transfer remaining portions to pint-size freezer containers, and freeze up to 3 months. Use one portion in your Mexican recipes that call for 1 lb ground beef cooked with taco seasoning mix. Just thaw overnight in refrigerator or defrost in microwave before using. Microwave in microwavable container 2 to 3 minutes on High or until steaming before adding to recipes that call for hot ground beef.

Expert Tips

  • Save your strained liquid to use as a super flavorful braising liquid for your next pot roast.
  • You can sub 3 cups diced fresh onions for the frozen onions.


Calories180(Calories from Fat80),Total Fat9g(Saturated Fat3 1/2g,Trans Fat1/2g),Cholesterol55mgSodium460mgTotal Carbohydrate8g(Dietary Fiber1g Sugars2g),Protein16g;% Daily Value*:Vitamin A4%;Vitamin C0%;Calcium0%;Iron10%; Exchanges:1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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