365 Days of Slow Cooking: How to Brown Ground Meat in the Slow Cooker and a Recipe for Ground Turkey Taco Salad in the Slow Cooker
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How to Brown Ground Meat in the Slow Cooker and a Recipe for Ground Turkey Taco Salad in the Slow Cooker

Did you know you can brown ground meat in the slow cooker?  It's so easy! #slowcooker #crockpot

Makes 4 servings

1 lb ground turkey
Taco seasoning packet or 2 Tablespoons of the make your own recipe
Salad greens and toppings of your choice (tomatoes, avocado, cheese, sour cream, salsa, black beans, corn...whatever)
1.  Place ground turkey in the bottom of your slow cooker.  (I put mine in totally frozen)
2.  Cover and cook on LOW for 2-5 hours (depending on if it's frozen, how big your slow cooker is, how fast your slow cooker cooks etc.)  
3.  Stir to break up meat and cook any extra time that is needed.  Drain off any grease.
4.  Stir in the taco seasoning ingredients or about half a packet (or more if you like it spicy).
5.  Let the seasonings cook with the meat for a a bit until it tastes incorporated and yummy.
6.  Serve meat over salad greens and add desired toppings.  (You could also serve this in regular tacos as well)

Well this may not seem like a "recipe" to many of you but I thought I would post it anyhow.  I have never really cooked ground meats raw in my slow cooker before.  A lady told me that when she didn't want to get a pan out she threw her ground beef in her slow cooker for a couple of hours, drained off the grease and used it with her spaghetti.  I thought I would try the ground turkey and see how it worked.  I liked not having to thaw the meat.  I threw it in frozen solid.  I also liked using my small slow cooker for this because it is easier to clean.  After the grease was drained off it tasted just as good as if it were browned on the stove.  I will definitely use this method again.  It's a great way to keep taco meat warm when you're serving in shifts (think cub scout day, soccer, ballet, working late, etc.)  

Also, I was happy to find this  recipe for making your own taco seasoning.  Saves money and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.  Perfect.  Make in a large batch and store in an air tight container...saves time when you're in a hurry.


  1. This is great! I was just wishing that I didn't have to brown my ground meat before putting in my crockpot---I totally hate having to wash another pan.

  2. I agree with Jenette as I hate to have to cook it before I start! Thank you for this!

  3. Anonymous4/12/12 14:10

    Yes! This was exactly the question I had and you answered it. You gave me confidence to stick the raw ground turkey in the slow cooker. Thank you. And I like adding my own seasonings as well.