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How to Make Slow Cooker Ground Beef Tacos

Freezer friendly, cheap, and tasty slow cooker taco meat! With crockpot, oven-baked, pressure cooker, & freezer meal directions!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Servings: 4 servings


Meat Options

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ~OR~
  • 1 serving Make-Ahead Ground Beef

Everything Else

  • 1 15- ounce can Mexican-style diced tomatoes don't drain
  • 1 15- ounce can chili beans do NOT drained
  • 1 15- ounce can Fiesta or Mexican-style corn drained
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup beef broth 2 cups for the pressure cooker (depending on how long you intend to cook it and keep it warm afterward)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning ~or~ make your own homemade taco seasoning


Slow Cooker

  • Either start with 1 serving of the make-ahead beef mixture OR cook the ground beef in a skillet with the diced onions and garlic until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is soft.
  • Drain the beef mixture and pour it into the crockpot.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on high for at least 2 hours or on low up to 8 hours.

Pressure Cooker

  • Place a trivet in the bottom of your pressure cooker sprinkle in the diced onions and garlic. Pour in 1 cup water or additional beef broth.
  • Frozen Meat - Add frozen ground beef to pressure cooker. Manual setting high for 20 minutes. Allow to natural release for 10 minutes and then quick release.
  • Fresh meat - Don't use the trivet but do the remainder of the steps for frozen meat. Manual setting high, 8 minutes. Natural release 5 minutes then quick release.
  • Drain liquid off meat and return to pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Set to saute. Cook and stir for 8 minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.


  • Saute the meat, onions, and garlic over medium-high heat in a deep skillet until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain meat and return to skillet.
  • Turn burner to low. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Freezer Meal Directions:

  • Brown the ground beef and combine all the ingredients in a freezer-safe, prelabeled 1-gallon zippered baggie.
  • Lay flat and squeeze out as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 8 weeks.
  • Can be tossed in the crockpot frozen or defrosted in the freezer overnight.
  • If cooking from frozen, cook on low for at least 5 hours.