Cooking large amounts of taco meat can be overwhelming at times. Know that in this recipe, we will be using a crock pot and freezer-friendly ingredients. With that, here is an easy taco recipe that you can follow:
1. Prepare a clean, large crockpot and place the raw ground beef.
2. Add the diced onion, chopped garlic (or garlic powder), seasoning, and water or a little beef broth.
3. Mix the ground beef (you can also use ground turkey)with the seasoning to achieve flavorful taco meat. Top Tip - use a pinch of cayenne pepper to enhance the flavors even further. Use fork in breaking up thawed meat.
4. Cook the taco meat over medium to high heat for 2 to 3 hours. Frequently check and break up any larger chunks. Turn to low heat if it is almost cooked.
5. Drain the liquid using a strainer to prevent having soggy meat and excessive fat content. Do not forget to use the temperature setting of your slow cooker.
Some taco seasoning sachets that are purchased in grocery stores have the tendency to have so many unhealthy ingredients. Sometimes, they also lack the depth of flavor that can be easily gained by the usual spices you have in your kitchen. If you want to make your own taco meat seasoning then that is a great idea. There is nothing like a slow cooker taco with homemade seasoning.
Yes - the instant pot is a 7 in one kitchen appliance.
This Instant Pot Taco Meat is a dump and go way to make tacos for dinner. How to cook fresh or frozen ground beef in your Instant Pot with taco seasonings for a quick meal.
Cooking ground beef in your Instant Pot did you know that you can cook the meat from frozen. It's easy, and with this recipe, you'll have deliciously seasoned taco meat, perfect for a crunchy taco shell or soft corn tortilla.
To keep your taco meat warm for a party, you use a large slow cooker and set it in medium to high heat if it needs to be served immediately. Set to low heat if it would take hours before serving the taco meat.
Taco meat can be stored in the refrigerator within 3 to 4 days if stored properly. Frozen ones can last up to 3 to 6 months assuming that the temperature is at least 26-28 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to keep it in a sealed container or zip lock bag.
Taco meat is a versatile ingredient used in several dishes. Aside from taco, it is usually used as an ingredient in pasta, burritos, lasagna, pizza, beef enchilada casserole, easy nachos, mac and cheese, chili beans, and more.
Preparing ahead of time for a group event, taco picnic, or taco tailgate party is a good idea.
You can easily have frozen taco meat ready to pull out of the freezer for nights that you need taco filling fast. Just follow these tips.
First, to cook some extra for your group size, you may need to double or triple recipe for taco meat and you can cook it using one of the methods above.
After cooking Allow meat to cool completely.
Portion taco meat out into your serving sizes or quantities that can be reheated easily. For example, do not just freeze a 5 lb block of homemade taco meat it will take forever to defrost or thaw. I like to use 1 pound or ½ pound servings.
Place each portion into a BPA-free freezer-safe storage bag. No carefully squeeze out as much air from the bag as you can and seal.
Top Tip - To get even more or most of the air out. Put a straw into the small opening, but make sure the bag is still sealed all around the straw. Now suck the air out of the bag through the straw. I like to watch the bag collapse around the taco meat mixture.
Carefully remove the straw and seal quickly. Also, put a label on the bag if you are going to freeze the taco meat for a long time.
Store in the freezer for 3-4 months.
The best way is 2 days before your event place it in the refrigerator on a plate so any liquid is caught. This method is the safest way to thaw the beef mixture because it is done in the refrigerator and the product never gets to an unsafe food temperature.
To heat up use one of the methods above.
Finally when preparing to cook taco meat for a large group do not forget to have enough fillings and sides like