Making your own homemade version of Rotel tacos doesn’t get much easier than this. Ground beef taco meat is mixed with a Tex-Mex seasoning mix and smothered in Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta cheese for a taco recipe you’ll want to make time and time again.
Can I cook tacos with Rotel in the crockpot?
Short answer, yes! Longer answer, I don’t think I’ll cook ground beef tacos (or any other meat tacos for that matter) any other way. The slow cooker cooks the meat mixture to perfection, giving you time to prepare everything else for your Taco Tuesday, potluck, or game day meal.
Not to mention, there are so many ways you can serve the cooked meat (check the serving suggestions below), meaning you can mix things up a bit. Once you’ve cooked the meat in a large skillet, everything else is dump-and-go. My family loves this recipe and I know yours will too.
- Beef: To make sure you have plenty of meat mixture to go around, I suggest using at least 2 lbs. of ground beef. Lean ground beef will have less grease content.
- Velveeta Cheese: You’ll only need a pound of this cubed, which is the smaller box.
- Rotel Tomatoes: 1 can of this will do, but you can always add more.
- Seasonings: Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder are all you need to make your own taco seasoning mix.
- Taco Shells: For serving.
Step One – Cook the ground beef in a large skillet on the stove-top set to medium heat until no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
Step Two – Drain off excess grease and add the ground beef to the slow cooker. Then, sdd the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add the cubed Velveeta cheese and Rotel tomatoes.
Step Three – Stir all of the ingredients together until well combined.
Step Four – Cover and cook on HIGH for 1.5-2 hours or until heated through. Serve on warmed taco shells with your favorite taco toppings.
How to serve this Rotel Taco Meat
- Served in warmed taco shells with your favorite taco toppings is one of the easiest ways to put this meal on the table.
- If you need some topping suggestions, go for: sour cream, diced tomatoes, taco sauce, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, refried beans, green chilies, hot sauce, cheese sauce, red pepper flakes, diced onion, and slices of avocado. You can’t go wrong with your favorite toppings!
- When it comes to swapping the taco shell, you can also use flour tortillas, tortilla chips, or taco bowls. Or, you can make a taco bar and add all of the above.
- As for sides, you can pair these Rotel tacos with black beans, refried beans, and Mexican rice.
Of course! You can use ground chicken, ground turkey, ground sausage, or any ground meat of your choice.
This meat will be delicious with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cumin. These seasonings help add incredible flavor.
Of course. Some people like to thicken the beef by adding black beans, extra tomatoes green chilies, or add onions.
Add any leftover beef to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the meat to make next Taco Tuesday’s prep time much shorter. The whole family will enjoy leftovers the next day.
No, you can use a packet of taco seasoning if you prefer that.
Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 lb. Velveeta cheese (this is the smaller box) cubed
- 10.5 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- warmed taco shells (you must warm them as the package directs or you will have stale tacos)
- shredded lettuce
- other toppings if desired
- Cook the ground beef in a skillet on the stove-top set to medium high heat. Drain off fat and add the ground beef to the slow cooker.
- Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Add the cubed Velveeta cheese and Rotel tomatoes.
- Cook on HIGH for 1.5-2 hours or until heated through.
- Serve on warmed taco shells with desired toppings.
- Add any leftover beef to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the meat to make next Taco Tuesday’s prep time much shorter. The whole family will enjoy leftovers the next day.
- Some people like to thicken the beef by adding black beans, extra tomatoes green chilies, or add onions.
- You can use ground chicken, ground turkey, ground sausage, or any ground meat of your choice.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.