How To Cook Ground Beef In The Crockpot (Slow Cooker Taco Recipe!)

This simple recipe for slow cooked ground beef is great for stocking your freezer! Just pull out a bag of already cooked meat and you can have dinner on the table in no time! 

How to cook ground beef in a crockpot or slowcooker

I’m ’bout to blow your little taco loving minds.

As you all have heard, time and time again, I recently moved to Middle of Nowhere, Nebraska. There are not a lot of options to save us from those days where I just willfully ignore the idea of cooking a third meal for the day. Cold sandwiches, canned soup, frozen pizzas…we’re getting a little tired of those. Stocking my freezer with easy dinner options has been a lifesaver for me!

You guys remember my slow cooker shredded chicken? It gets perfectly shredded in a stand mixer to make things unbelievably easy! I always keeps bags of this chicken in my freezer.

an easy way to cook ground beef in the crockpot

Lately though I’ve been wanting a little variety and so I decided to stock my freezer with ground beef. Now, sure, browning a single pound of ground beef on the stove only takes 10 minutes, but have you ever browned 5+ pounds? It takes for all that meat to cook. That’s way too much stirring and standing and staring and waiting for me.

If you want perfect little pieces of finely ground beef, your crockpot is the way to go. I dumped 7 pounds of raw 90/10 ground beef in my Ninja Slow Cooker (it’s 6 quarts which means there is plenty of room for lots of meat!) and set it to low. An hour later I came back with a potato masher and broke the meat up a bit. I set a timer for 2 hours and came back and broke it up again. I did this every 2 hours after that for a total of 6 hours in the crockpot. I added a little bit of salt and pepper to the meat, but otherwise, didn’t season it at all so that it would be ready to go with whatever in any recipe I chose.

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I portioned the meat out into freezer bags and stuck them all in my freezer. Now I just grab a bag and go! It’s such a lifesaver having the meat in cooked and ready to add to any recipe, especially if you’re the type of person who always forgets to thaw meat. This meat is in such small chunks that it thaws out enough to use really quickly, but you can also pop it in the microwave or dump it into a skillet and warm it up straight from the freezer.

For more instructions and to save this recipe to your recipe box, view the crock pot ground beef recipe here.

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The best part about this is the taste! It sounds weird to say this, but it tastes so meaty! Because the meat is cooked in it’s own juices all day long, it just really tastes extra beefy and has so much great flavor!

There are tons of ways to use this meat, but I love to use it for an extra easy taco night.

how to make freezer meals in the slow cooker or crockpot

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Slow Cooker Tacos

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


1 pound crock pot ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own)
8 tortillas, soft or hard
taco toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese


Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Dump the frozen beef straight into the skillet and stir around until warm. Add the taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of water and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the liquid has mostly cooked away.
Stuff your taco shells with meat and any other toppings you desire.

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14 Responses to “How To Cook Ground Beef In The Crockpot (Slow Cooker Taco Recipe!)”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness March 17, 2014 @ 6:05 am (#

    I LOVE this! I always cook ground beef in a big pan and it get’s so messy and gross. The slow cooker is the best for easy meals….so I gotta try this! Pinned!


  2. Jennie @themessybakerblog March 17, 2014 @ 7:17 am (#

    This is a genius idea! I bet the ground beef is so much more tender this way. Pinning!


  3. Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission March 17, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#

    I do not know what I would do without my slow cooker! Karly, I could seriously go for one of these tacos right about now – even for breakfast, yum!


  4. Simple Green Moms March 17, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#

    why have i never made ground beef in a crockpot? this sounds so good and so much easier than stovetop! YUM =)


  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 17, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#

    I so need to do this!! And the chicken too. It would be so nice to have meat already cooked in the freezer, waiting for me. Otherwise we just eat salad for dinner, which I chase with 10 cookies to fill the hunger spaces.


  6. danielle March 17, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#

    Anyone have an idea how well this would work without stirring/mashing every two hours? I’m wondering if cooking it and then using my mixer (like for chicken) would work….


    • Karly replied: — March 20th, 2014 @ 8:41 am


      That’s a brilliant idea! I haven’t tried it myself, but would be curious to hear your results if you do! :)


      • Dawn replied: — August 4th, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

        @Karly, I cook mine over night in the slow cooker. No stirring. It works great. Let it cool and break it apart.


  7. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet March 17, 2014 @ 3:22 pm (#

    I love time saving tips like this! Pinned!


  8. Kari/SourdoughNative March 17, 2014 @ 6:30 pm (#

    Wow! Talk about an Aha! moment. Thanks for the awesome tip.


  9. Kelly T March 17, 2014 @ 7:31 pm (#

    I love this idea of using the crockpot to cook hamburger! I buy hamburger from our local meat market in 10 pound packs (the more you buy the cheaper it is) and I spend forever browning it up for the freezer. I will start doing this from now on!! Thanks


  10. cheri March 18, 2014 @ 9:45 pm (#

    What a great tip, thanks for sharing!


  11. Robin April 15, 2014 @ 7:04 am (#

    Superb,Superb,Superb attractive, tasty, charming .I think Personal chefs are responsible to control all the menu organization, grocery shopping, cooking, packaging and kitchen cleanup and make enjoyable and healthy meals that you will look forward to eating.


  12. Patti September 26, 2014 @ 1:27 pm (#

    Sounds great! Do you drain the fat before freezing?


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