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Slow-Cooker Party Tacos

No need to worry with this Mexican favorite; pre-mixed seasoning and packaged shells makes it ultra-easy.

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  • Prep Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 25 min
  • Servings 30

Tacos:

3
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
large onions, chopped
2
packages (1 oz each) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1 1/2
cups Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
1
cup water
3
boxes (4.7 oz each) Old El Paso™ Stand 'N Stuff™ taco shells

Layered Taco Toppings:

3
(11-oz.) cans Green Giant™ SteamCrisp® Niblets® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, drained
1
(10-oz.) pkg. (5 1/2 cups) shredded lettuce
2
cups chopped red, yellow and/or green bell pepper
1/2
cup sliced green onions
2
cups chopped Italian plum tomatoes
1
medium avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
1
cup mayonnaise
1/2
cup Old El Paso™ Salsa
8
oz. (2 cups) finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 Cook ground beef in 2 batches. For first batch, spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Add half of the ground beef and 1 chopped onion. Cook over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
  • 2 Stir in 1 package taco seasoning mix, 3/4 cup salsa and 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat to low; simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed.
  • 3 Cool first batch of beef mixture 15 minutes. Spoon into refrigerator or freezer container; cover tightly. Repeat to make second batch. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 24 hours or freeze up to 1 week.
  • 4 To serve immediately, place beef mixture in slow cooker; keep warm on Low setting. If beef mixture is frozen, thaw before heating. Place beef mixture in slow cooker; cover and cook on High setting for 1 hour or until hot. Reduce heat to Low to keep warm. To serve, spoon beef mixture into taco shells. Top with Layered Taco Toppings.
  • 5 To make Layered Taco Toppings, heat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Dry corn on paper towels; spread corn in sprayed pan. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. Stir; bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes or until slightly cooled.
  • 6 In ungreased 13x9-inch (3 quart) glass baking dish, layer lettuce, bell pepper, roasted corn, onions, tomatoes and avocado.
  • 7 In small bowl, combine mayonnaise and salsa; mix well. Spread over vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro. Cover tightly; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

It's easy to double or triple this recipe for larger groups. Cook the meat mixture in batches, cool and refrigerate it or freeze it as directed in the recipe.

This recipe combines all of the taco topping ingredients in a layered "salad". This method of layering the toppings will help people move through the buffet line faster.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
150),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
570mg
570%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
12g
12%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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