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Slow Cooker Saucy Taco Meat

Nothing beats biting into a crispy taco shell that's filled to the brim with this saucy spicy taco meat.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Taco Meat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 12 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 22 minutes
Servings 8 (Yields approximately 16 tacos)


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ½ onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano leaves or substitute with regular dried oregano leaves
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the ground beef and ground pork. Stir together. 

  2. Add chopped onions and stir. Continue stirring and breaking up the ground meat into pieces as it cooks. 

  3. Cook until the meat starts to turn brown (about 12 minutes). 

  4. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker pot. In the pot, add granulated garlic, onion powder, oregano, cumin, pepper, salt, chili powder, tomato sauce, water, and hot sauce. Stir together. 

  5. Cover with a lid and cook on the low setting for 4 hours. After it's done cooking stir together.  

  6. Serve the taco meat while hot in crispy taco shells and top with shredded cheddar cheese and lettuce.