Slow Cooker Taco Casserole (2) Recipe

Slow Cooker Taco Casserole

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There’s a certain comfort in meals that bring the family together, and this Slow Cooker Taco Casserole does just that. Growing up, my family had a tradition of Taco Tuesdays, where the kitchen would be filled with the rich aroma of spices and laughter from my siblings and me eagerly waiting for dinner. One time, during a busy week, my mom decided to experiment with her slow cooker to save some time, and that’s when this delightful casserole was born. It quickly became a family favorite, combining the bold flavors of tacos with the ease and warmth of a casserole.

This recipe is not just about convenience; it’s a harmonious blend of savory ingredients that make each bite a delightful experience. The ground beef, infused with the zest of taco seasoning, melds perfectly with the sweetness of corn and the mild heat of jalapenos. The addition of black beans and diced tomatoes with green chilies introduces a variety of textures and flavors, making the dish both hearty and refreshing.

One of the things I love most about this recipe is its versatility. For those who prefer a bit more spice, opting for hot salsa can give it an extra kick. Alternatively, for a milder version, you can use a mild salsa and even omit the jalapenos. If you’re looking to make it a tad healthier, substituting ground beef with ground turkey or adding extra vegetables like zucchini or spinach can be great options. Also, using brown rice instead of white rice can provide more fiber and nutrients without compromising on taste.

When serving, the casserole can be garnished with a variety of toppings such as fresh cilantro, avocado slices, a dollop of sour cream, or a squeeze of lime juice. Each topping adds a unique touch, allowing everyone to customize their plate to their liking.

This Slow Cooker Taco Casserole is perfect for busy weeknights, family gatherings, or even potlucks. It’s a dish that not only satisfies the taste buds but also brings a sense of togetherness, reminding me of those cherished Taco Tuesdays from my childhood.

Preparing Slow Cooker Taco Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, drained
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 diced jalapenos
  • 1 cup drained canned corn
  • 16 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup medium or hot salsa
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups cooked white or brown rice

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the finely chopped onion, red bell pepper, taco seasoning, minced garlic, salsa, diced tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, and corn to the skillet. Mix everything together thoroughly and set the mixture aside.
  3. Lightly spray the inside of your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Spread the cooked rice evenly across the bottom of the crockpot.
  5. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the rice.
  6. Evenly distribute the meat mixture on top of the cheese layer.
  7. Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  9. Serve warm with your preferred toppings.

Slow Cooker Taco Casserole (2)

FAQs:

Can I use a different type of meat in this casserole?

Yes, you can substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or even a plant-based meat alternative for a different flavor and dietary preference.

How can I make this casserole spicier?

To add more heat, increase the amount of diced jalapenos, use a hotter salsa, or add a few dashes of hot sauce to the meat mixture.

Can I prepare this casserole in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the meat mixture a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Assemble the casserole just before cooking in the slow cooker.

What toppings do you recommend for this taco casserole?

Popular toppings include sour cream, guacamole, chopped green onions, fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, and sliced black olives.

Is it possible to make this casserole vegetarian?

Yes, you can make it vegetarian by omitting the ground beef and using additional black beans, or other beans, and adding more vegetables such as zucchini or mushrooms.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Slow Cooker Taco Casserole (2) Recipe

Slow Cooker Taco Casserole

Make dinner time easy with our Slow Cooker Taco Casserole. A hearty blend of beef, beans, and cheese. Ready in 2 hours. Cook now!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup drained canned corn
  • 1 can 15.5oz black beans, drained
  • 1 can 10oz diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 2 diced jalapenos
  • 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup medium or hot salsa
  • 2 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • 16 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese

Instructions
 

  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the finely chopped onion, red bell pepper, taco seasoning, minced garlic, salsa, diced tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, and corn to the skillet.
  • Mix everything together thoroughly and set the mixture aside.
  • Lightly spray the inside of your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread the cooked rice evenly across the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the rice.
  • Evenly distribute the meat mixture on top of the cheese layer.
  • Top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Cover with the lid and cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve warm with your preferred toppings.
Keyword Taco

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