Monday, January 26, 2015

Guest Blogger: Jeni of JeniEats.Com Shares Her Recipe For Crock Pot Tacos

OK~ I'd like to introduce you to Jeni!

Jeni of Jeni Eats is one of our North Iowa Bloggers and she is a rock star in the kitchen. I know you will enjoy the recipes she shares here. Jeni will be contributing her fabulous recipes on a regular basis, so stay tuned! 

DIY Taco Meat in the Slow Cooker

My husband Jake and I grew up eating the good ol’ Midwestern ground beef tacos our moms prepared for us.  In my household, tacos always came from a boxed kit. I loved pulling the ingredients from the box and helping my mom warm the crunchy taco shells in the oven and pour the seasoning mix into the ground beef. 

Since our childhood, my husband and I have sought out all kinds of tacos. We’re especially fond of Mexican-style street tacos simply dressed with cilantro, chopped onion and a spritz of lime. We love tacos made with double corn tortillas and the spiciest salsa possible. However, we still reserve a very special place in our hearts for ground beef tacos. 

Jake recently had a special dinner request for ground beef tacos like our parents used to make, complete with “the works” including sour cream and bright, orange shredded cheese. I was happy to oblige, as I was also craving a taste of comfort food. 

Although you can make taco meat more quickly in a pan, I enjoy preparing it in a slow cooker. It’s easy, fun, and fills your home with smells of dinner. I also love how easy it is to prepare my own taco seasoning without a packet. Most of the spices are probably sitting in your cupboard, and, if you are missing something, feel free to improvise. I did! 

Slow Cooker Taco Meat

2 pounds of lean ground beef
3 tablespoons tomato paste
½ onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
2/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
Optional: Crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne, to taste
¼ cup water

  • Place the ground beef in your slow cooker.  
  • Add the tomato paste, onion, garlic, and spices.
  • Use a spoon to roughly combine the ingredients. 
  • Add the water and cook on low for three-four hours. 
  • Stir the ground beef occasionally and break up the larger chunks every so often during the first hour. Our slow cooker cooked the taco meat in about two hours. Enjoy it when it’s fully cooked or allow it to continue to simmer on low or warm.

Photo Courtesy of JeniEats.Com

  • Serve with your favorite toppings and taco shells. We like refried beans, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, chopped onion, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, and pickled jalapenos. You can also serve the meat as a taco salad by simply adding chips. 

Doesn't this look tasty and delicious? This makes for a great meal for families on the go. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. Another winning recipe!!! How could it not be? Thanks for a great addition to my recipe box!!!!

  2. This sounds amazing!! I'll be trying this recipe out for supper tonight for sure. :)

    1. Amy- I'm anxious to hear how your supper turns out!

  3. I made these yesterday for dinner and they were so good!

    1. I can't imagine Jeni ever sharing a recipe that does not rock, can you?


I always love feedback on my blog!