Slow Cooker Taco Salad

Slow Cooker Taco Salad
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins
15 cups


  • 1 ½ pound ground beef or ground turkey

  • 1 16 ounce jar green salsa

  • 1 15 ounce can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into thin wedges (2 cups)

  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground meat over medium heat until browned. Drain off fat.

  2. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine meat and the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove half of the meat mixture from the slow cooker. Cover and refrigerate for another use.

Make It a Salad

Arrange 6 cups chopped leaf lettuce on a large platter. Top with 3 ounces (3 cups) blue corn tortilla chips. Spoon half of the meat mixture (chill or freeze remaining meat mixture for another use) over tortilla chips. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese cheese (4 ounces). Top with 3/4 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed; 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped (or 3/4 cup purchased guacamole); and 3/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes. Serve with 1/4 cup sour cream.


Use remaining half of meat mixture for a second taco salad another night. Or use it to make hard- or soft-shell tacos. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in a saucepan over medium low heat.

Make-Ahead Directions

Cook ground meat as directed in Step 1. In the removable crockery liner of the slow cooker combine meat and remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before placing liner in the slow cooker unit. Slow cook as directed, Chop lettuce, cut tomatoes, thaw corn; place in separate covered containers and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.

For Easy Cleanup

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
18g Fat
21g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 411mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 21.8mg 109%
Calcium 168mg 13%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Potassium 463mg 10%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 47.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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