Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

by Lana Stuart on June 20, 2014 · 26 comments

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Don’t you just love a slow cooker? I sure do. It’s perfect for all those cozy, warm, winter soups and stews and hearty recipes.  Those things that make you want to curl up with a good book in front of a roaring fire and….whoa…. <insert sound of needle scratching surface of record here>

Winter soups and stews?! Roaring fires?! It’s 95 degrees and 95% humidity for Pete’s sake! What am I talking about!

As much as I love using my slow cookers during the winter, I appreciate them even more during the hot summer months. When I want something that requires long, slow cooking but it’s scorching hot outside, a slow cooker is just the thing. It maintains that nice, even slow heat all afternoon without heating up the kitchen at all. I can make all the slow simmered, long cooking recipes I want using my trusty slow cooker.

Which means it’s ideal for my Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos. This recipe came about more from “have-to” than “want-to” actually. It was created on a day when I needed to get in and out of the kitchen quickly and was literally thrown together off the top of my head. Just a few pantry and freezer ingredients that I thought might go well together, turned out to be incredibly delicious. I hope you’ll try it and enjoy it, too. BeeBop gave it two thumbs up :-)

Add all ingredients for Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Add the beef to the slow cooker and sprinkle with the taco seasoning, tossing to coat. Peel and chop the onion roughly and add it on top of the seasoned meat. Add the green chilies with their liquid, the salsa, and water.

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Stir. Turn the slow cooker down to low and cook for an additional 3-4 hours.

Shred the beef for Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Remove the meat from the slow cooker and, using two forks, shred it. Return the meat to the slow cooker and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.

Lightly pickled red onions for Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

An hour or two before serving, thinly slice the red onion. Combine in a small bowl with the sugar, salt, and enough red wine vinegar to just cover the onions. Allow to stand until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, heat the tortillas in the oven or in a skillet on the stovetop. Garnish as desired.

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
 
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Flavorful, slow cooked shredded beef tacos! Use your slow cooker to keep the kitchen cool in the summer heat.
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. beef (stew meat or roast)
  • 1 tblsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • ⅔ cup salsa
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 12 corn tortillas
Garnishes:
  • ½ small red onion
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh chopped tomato
  • Fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Add the beef to the slow cooker and sprinkle with the taco seasoning, tossing to coat. Peel and chop the onion roughly and add it on top of the seasoned meat. Add the green chilies with their liquid, the salsa, and water.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Stir. Turn the slow cooker down to low and cook for an additional 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and, using two forks, shred it. Return the meat to the slow cooker and continue cooking for another 30 minutes.
  4. An hour or two before serving, thinly slice the red onion. Combine in a small bowl with the sugar, salt, and enough red wine vinegar to just cover the onions. Allow to stand until ready to serve.
  5. When ready to serve, heat the tortillas in the oven or in a skillet on the stovetop. Garnish as desired.
Notes
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1 Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes June 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

Yes, I love my slow cooker all year round too! It’s a life saver when it’s 85 degrees in my house haha! Great idea to make taco meat in one. I bet the meat turns out so tender!

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2 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

It was super tender, Ashley! Perfect for tacos and no heat at all in the kitchen.

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3 Jessica (Savory Experiments) June 20, 2014 at 11:50 am

Just today my FB readers said they would like more slow cooker recipes- this one looks fabulous! I’ll share on my page!

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4 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Thanks so much for sharing, Jessica. I hope your FB readers enjoy the recipe.

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5 Angie | Big Bear's Wife June 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I love my slow cooker in the winter AND in the summer! I’ll be making this soon!

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6 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

They’re great year-round appliances, aren’ they? My next project is to try baking in mine.

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7 Ginny McMeans June 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Tacos are so great and I am also loving your onion garnish/marinade. Yum!

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8 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I keep some of those marinated onions in the fridge a lot of the time, Ginny. I enjoy them on sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs, too.

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9 Angie June 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough in the summer. But these tacos look like the perfect summer treat!

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10 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

They’re great for summer. Especially busy days when you’re on the run. Just throw everything in the slow cooker and have supper ready when you get home!

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11 Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books June 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I love using my Crock-pot year round! =)
Pinning your recipe, it sounds great!

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12 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Thanks, Melissa!

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13 christine June 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

You are right, slow cookers are great in the winter BUT even better in the summer! This looks delicious. Who doesn’t love tacos, right?!

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14 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

We love tacos here and so do our kids and grandkids. I can double or triple this recipe according to how many are here at any time. Works great!

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15 Isabelle @ Crumb June 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I love using a slow cooker in the summer, too… it’s perfect for getting those delicious slow-cooked dishes made without heating up the whole house, plus it means I can go outside and enjoy the warm weather while dinner takes care of itself. I mean, who doesn’t love that? :)
My mom used to have a similar recipe for making fajita filling, but it got lost during a move at some point. Can’t wait to try this one out!

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16 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Well, I tend to stay inside with the air conditioning going for the majority of the summer, but using the slow cooker sure helps keep the energy bill down. Hope you enjoy the recipe, Isabelle!

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17 Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

YUM, Lana. This is a winning slow cooker recipe! Pinning :)

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18 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Thanks, Renee!

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19 Miss P June 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Great idea. I have been using my slow cooker for pulled pork this summer. Might be time to expand to beef!

By the way – 98 degrees here this afternoon….. and, that means lightning. Fairly impressive.

Miss P

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20 Lana Stuart June 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm

I love doing a pork shoulder for pulled pork in the slow cooker. Best way to get it nice and tender, I think. We weren’t quite as hot as you but we’ve had storms every day this week. Lightning and hail!

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21 Nikki @NikSnacks June 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I LOVE TACOS. I eat them more than anything else on the planet. I’m going to make these tacos tomorrow and add pickled radish to the onion and go to town! Thankyou for sharing!

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22 Lana Stuart June 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Yes, radish would be a fantastic addition! Even cabbage would be good, too. Lots of freshness and crunch.

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23 Nutmeg Nanny June 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I love using my slow cooker in the summer. The meat turns out great and it doesn’t heat the house. It’s a win win!

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24 Kelly June 23, 2014 at 12:52 am

These look amazing, Lana! Thanks for sharing. Love a good slow cooker recipe. xo

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25 Lana Stuart June 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks, Kelly. They are pretty darned good if I do say so myself!

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26 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles June 23, 2014 at 10:04 am

Beautiful! I could eat a dish like this every single week!

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