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Slow-Cooker Party Tacos

slow-cooker party tacos Entree Mexican
Slow-Cooker Party Tacos
  • Prep 1 hr 25 min
  • Total 3 hr 25 min
  • Servings 30

No need to worry with these slow-cooker tacos! Layered toppings and make-ahead directions make this recipe extra easy for serving to a crowd. MORE+ LESS-

March 6, 2018

Ingredients

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 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

Steps

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  • 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

  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
26%
Saturated Fat
6g
28%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
570mg
24%
Potassium
240mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
3g
Protein
12g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
8%
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 Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Want to enjoy your next party? Save this recipe! These slow-cooker tacos serve 30 and are meant to be made ahead, saving you time on the day of and freeing you up to enjoy your company. Then again, you can also rely on this recipe for impromptu parties thanks to the day-of instructions. So no matter what your hosting personality may be, this recipe’s a keeper. One of the clever aspects of this recipe is the way all the taco toppings get combined into, essentially, a layered salad. Your guests can scoop all the good stuff onto their tacos in one go to help keep the buffet line moving. So next fiesta, make your tacos the easy way — in the slow cooker!

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