How to Make the Best and Simple Mexican Crock Pot Meal for Your Family
An easy crock pot recipe is always a favorite! Check out this quick and simple Mexican taco slow cooker meal idea that your family will love! Keep reading for even more summer recipe ideas from some blogging friends!
I don’t know about you, but summer F L E W by! School starts this week and along with it, the regular routines. That definitely isn’t all bad, though, and one thing I look forward to are more consistent family dinners.
Except the cooking part. 😂
Insert: easy crock pot recipe.
I LOVE my crock pot (if you don’t have one, you can find some great options HERE, HERE, and HERE!) and I use it all the time. I tried a new recipe last week that my family absolutely loved. In fact, they get excited when I pull out the crock pot because we have several favorites and they know something good is coming!
What is good to cook in a crock pot?
Well, if you know me, you know I cook everything that I can in a crock pot! An easy crock pot recipe is always a win in my book. I have several staple slow cooker recipes over on THIS POST that I make often.
I recently tried out a new recipe and it was a big hit with my family. Of course, I can’t wait to share it with you too! Anything that helps us save time, effort, and even money with our meals are a big help, right?!
Is a crock pot healthy?
Of course, it depends on what you put in it, but using my crock pot is really helpful to me as I try to make healthy, filling, delicious meals for my family!
My latest experiment was very healthy, actually, and we all loved it!
We all love any kind of taco recipe so this one worked perfectly and I think it will be one of my staple crock pot recipes from now on!
Before I go any further, if you’ve hopped over from Pasha is Home, welcome! There are so many tasty recipes in this blog hop and I’m adding some great ideas to my meal planning calendar!
Now, let’s get to cooking…easy, healthy, slow cooker recipe style!
How to Make an Easy Crock Pot Recipe for Beef Taco Bowls
What can I make for dinner in a crock pot?
If this is your question, I have the answer! We are loving this recipe and it was so simple. Plus, a couple of the ingredients were on sale at my grocery store last week! Simple and affordable recipe? Yes please!
If you’re wondering what to make for dinner this week, try this!
Ingredients for an easy slow cooker meal (Printable recipe below):
- Angus beef tips for stew
- Black beans
- Red enchilada sauce
- 2 packages of Ortega street taco carnitas crockpot seasoning mix. (by the way, I know that carnitas is for pork, but my store had beef tips on sale so I went with that. It tasted great and I’ll do it another time with the pork!)
- Garlic powder
- Lemon pepper
- Minced onion
First, I always spray my crock pot with a bit of cooking spray. Since the idea is to save some time, I like to make sure I’m making the clean up part of cooking as easy and quick as possible too!
Next, I fill my crock pot with about 1/5 water. Then, I add the meat and generously season it with all of the seasonings plus one packet of the Ortega street taco carnitas crockpot seasoning mix. Save the second packet of seasoning mix for the end!
I like to add the seasonings directly to the meat rather than adding them at the end with everything in it. I feel like the meat absorbs the flavor a little better that way!
I then add the black beans. For my family, I added three cans of black beans, one strained and one unstrained. The black beans are healthy and help the recipe to be more filling too!
Next, I added a can of red enchilada sauce. I used the mild sauce since that is preferred by my children. However, if you like a kick to your meal, I recommend the medium sauce!
Finally, I added some salt and pepper and one packet of the Ortega street taco carnitas crockpot mix on top.
Let it cook and simmer for 8 hours if possible. Otherwise 6 hours will be sufficient!
Tips for Serving This Easy Crock Pot Meal
Our family loves any kind of beans and rice or taco-style meal. How about you? I mean, is there anything better than a meal that goes with chips and salsa?!
To add a more healthy balance, I serve the beef and beans over steamed cauliflower rice. It tastes so good and even though not all of my kiddos love cauliflower, they do like the steamed cauliflower rice. Healthy slow cooker recipe for the win!
Another yummy option is to add some freshly chopped lettuce and tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream, guacamole, and salsa! In other words, whatever you would normally add to your taco or burrito bowls will taste great with this crock pot recipe too!
Of course, I have to add a few tortilla chips too. Then again, I could have chips and salsa for supper every night. NOT the healthiest choice, so I’d better stick with my simple crock pot recipes, right?!
Simple Mexican Crockpot Recipe
- 1 Angus Beef Tips
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 1 Red Enchilada Sauce
- 2 Packs Ortega Street Taco Carnitas Crockpot Seasoning Mix
- 1 Garlic Powder
- 1 Lemon Pepper
- 1 Minced Onion
- Spray crock pot with cooking spray
- Fill crockpot with about 1/5th water.
- Add meat & generously season with garlic powder, lemon pepper, minced onion and ONE pack of seasoning mix.
- Note: I add seasonings directly to the meat, not at the end. I think the meat absorbs the flavor better that way.
- Finally, add the second packet of seasoning mix at the end.
Who’s ready to pull out your crock pot and start some easy cooking?
And if you’re looking for more great recipe ideas, hop over to Cottage In the Mitten next! This looks like such a delicious recipe for these summer days.
There are so many tasty looking meal ideas in this blog hop, so make sure to save them to your Pinterest so you can easily find them later!