Slow Cooker Beef Tacos


  • 1 yellow onion, minced

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef (90% or higher)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 oz can diced green chiles, drained(mild)

  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste

  • 8 oz tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup salsa or picante sauce


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder

  • 3 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano (Mexican oregano adds a beautiful flavor if you have it!)

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

  • dash of cayenne pepper


  • flour or corn tortillas

  • sour cream

  • lettuce

  • tomatoes

  • sliced jalapenos

  • shredded cheese

  • hot sauce

  • black olives

  • corn kernels

  • or anything else you like on tacos!


  • To a large skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and heat over MED heat.  Add onion and cook 5 minutes, until soft and translucent.  Add beef and increase heat to MED HIGH.  Brown, breaking into smaller pieces as it cooks, for another 4-5 minutes, or until no longer pink.  Add minced garlic and cook another minute.

  • Drain grease and transfer to slow cooker.  Add taco seasoning spices, diced green chiles, tomato paste, tomato sauce and salsa.  Stir to combine.

  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

  • Assemble tacos to your liking and enjoy!


  • Select saute, then add a drizzle of oil and minced onion.  Saute for 2-3 mintues.  Add beef and brown, breaking it into smaller pieces using a wooden spoon.  Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.

  • Stir in taco seasoning spices, diced green chiles and tomato paste.  Top with tomato sauce, salsa and 1/2 cup water.  Cover and cook on HIGH pressure for approximately 20 minutes.

  • Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.  Assemble tacos to your liking and enjoy!

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