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Crock Pot Beefy Potato Taco Casserole

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This Crock Pot Beefy Potato Taco Casserole is an easy recipe that makes Taco Tuesday even more delicious. Full of cheesy potatoes, hearty ground beef, and slow cooked for maximum flavor!

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Crock Pot Beefy Potato Taco Casserole Recipe 

Slow cooker recipes are great for when you want to create a meal plan for those busy weeknights, and this taco night recipe is no exception.

My whole family calls it the perfect comfort food which makes my heart happy. And who isn’t happy on Taco Tuesday?

Whether you need something to make for special occasions or you just want an easy recipe for busy days, you have to try this slow cooker taco potato casserole.

This tasty casserole is a delicious way to enjoy your favorite recipes for tacos but in a crockpot for an easy family dinner.

My husband has even said it’s the ultimate comfort food. But you be the judge:)

I have other casseroles that are crockpot recipes. Like my crock pot cheesy chicken and rice!

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 Ingredients Needed

  • Lean ground beef – I recommend choosing a lb ground beef, but you can substitute for any ground meat.
  • Taco seasoning – Use a 1 oz packet taco seasoning, or make your own homemade taco seasoning.
  • Minced garlic – Swap minced cloves garlic for garlic powder as necessary.
  • Frozen diced potatoes – I recommend the potatoes with diced onions and peppers, or hash browns, tater tots, and sweet potatoes are great substitutes.
  • Condensed cheddar cheese soup – Replace the 10 .5 oz cheddar cheese soup with cream of mushroom soup or heavy cream as needed.
  • Salsa – Red or green salsa work well in this recipe.
  • Monterey jack cheese – Swap for cheddar, pepper jack, or any cheese you prefer.
  • Pantry staples – Beef broth.

How To Make Crock Pot Beefy Potato Taco Casserole

  1. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess oil from cooked ground beef.
  2. Add 1 cup water or broth, minced garlic, and taco seasoning. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 – 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Add beef mixture to the bottom of the slow cooker, along with potatoes, cheese soup, salsa, and ½ of shredded cheese. Stir to mix.
  2. Leave on low for a cooking time of 2 – 3 hours. Before serving, add remaining cheese and cover for 5 minutes or until melted. Serve with fresh cilantro and sliced green onions.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

crockpot cheesy potatoes & ground beef is a simple recipe

What should I serve my crockpot taco casserole with?

This cheesy beef and potatoes recipe goes well with anything that you would normally serve with your tacos, like sour cream, guacamole, and tortilla chips.

You can even make these fun taco empanadas with a flaky crust. The kids will love these!

For sides that go with this hearty taco casserole, I like to serve a little bit of Mexican street corn along with a big serving of rice and beans.

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How can I store leftovers from my casserole?

The best parts of this slow cooker casserole recipe are how little prep time it takes and how easy it is to store once you’re done!

After everyone is finished, you can transfer any remaining ground beef casserole into an airtight container and save in the fridge for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to eat your leftovers, all you need to do is place a serving into an oven safe dish and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350F or until heated through.

The cook time may vary slightly with different ovens.

slow cooker beef and potatoes taco casserole

Can I freeze my casserole?

Yes, this slow cooker beef casserole can be frozen and saved for up to 3 months.

I recommend following the recipe up until you put it in the oven, and instead moving it to a freezer safe container.

Place the casserole in the fridge until you need it. Once ready, move your casserole into the slow cooker and leave on low for 4 – 5 hours, until warmed.

If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before adding to the slow cooker.

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Best Casserole Tips

  • Not a Mexican food fan? Try switching out the taco spices for italian seasoning, and spreading tomato sauce on top of the potatoes for an Italian feel.
  • This can easily be made in an instant pot too.
  • If you can’t find the potatoes with onions and peppers, add 1 small diced onion when cooking the ground beef.
  • No taco seasoning? Try a mixture of chili powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Warm up your casserole’s leftovers in the microwave by placing it on a microwave safe dish and heating for 1 – 2 minute intervals until completely warm. 
  • Try topping your casserole with green chilis rather than green onions for a little extra spice!

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

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If you’re looking for a hearty meal that’s a twist on traditional Mexican food, this easy taco casserole recipe is the only thing you’ll need! The best part about it is that it requires minimal prep while still being a great way to serve the whole family one of their favorite things.

scoop of taco casserole

Crockpot Taco Potato Casserole

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

This crock pot beefy potato taco casserole is an easy recipe that makes Taco Tuesday even more delicious. Full of cheesy potatoes, hearty ground beef, and slow cooked for maximum flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup water or beef broth
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 30 ounces frozen diced potatoes
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can condensed cheese soup
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain excess liquid.
  2. Add 1 cup of water, minced garlic, and taco seasoning. Cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring.
  3. To a slow cooker, add the ground beef mixture, frozen potatoes, cheese soup, salsa, and ½ the shredded cheese. Stir to mix.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  5. Before serving, add the remaining cheese and cover for 5 minutes to melt.
  6. Serve with fresh chopped cilantro or sliced green onions.

Notes

  • Not a Mexican food fan? Try switching out the taco spices for italian seasoning, and spreading tomato sauce on top of the potatoes for an Italian feel.
  • This can easily be made in an instant pot too.
  • If you can’t find the potatoes with onions and peppers, add 1 small diced onion when cooking the ground beef.
  • No taco seasoning? Try a mixture of chili powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  • Warm up your casserole’s leftovers in the microwave by placing it on a microwave safe dish and heating for 1 - 2 minute intervals until completely warm. 
  • Try topping your casserole with green chilis rather than green onions for a little extra spice!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 752mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Michaela Kenkel

Saturday 4th of March 2023

Love that this is in the crockpot! Saves room in my oven!

Liza

Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Everything we love, in one casserole! The taco filling pairs beautifully with the tender potatoes, and I love that I can make this easy dinner in the slow cooker.

Erin

Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Our entire family LOVED this taco casserole! So comforting and full of flavor. We'll definitely be making this again!

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