Fully Loaded Taco Meat from Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

Hi, guys!

I’m so excited to share a recipe from Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes, a new ebook by Arsy Vartanian from Rubies & Radishes. I’ve followed Arsy on social media (and podcasts) for year nows, and I love hearing what she’s up to, so I was really excited when she reached out about her new ebook. As you know, I love a good slow cooker recipe, especially ones that are easy, nutritious, and delicious, and she kindly offered to share her recipe for Fully Loaded Taco Meat, which, of course, I am super psyched to try. We love tacos in our house! 🙂 Without further ado, here’s Arsy!

Hi, Carrots ‘N’ Cake readers! I’m so excited that I get to introduce you to my new cookbook, Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes.

There’s nothing better than coming home at the end of the day to a delicious and nutritious meal that required minimal effort, and each one of the 70+ recipes in Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes hits that mark. I wrote this book for people who feel they’re too busy to stick to a healthy diet, or who believe that nourishing food can only come after you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. The truth is, with the right ingredients and a slow cooker, you and your family can enjoy healthy, flavorful meals.


Each recipe is strictly Paleo and Whole30-friendly! No grains, dairy, sugar, natural sweeteners, legumes or alcohol – just real food and flavor. And you can try ALL of them! Use the code CARROTS30 at checkout and get 30% off the ebook!

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one that I make at least once a week: Fully Loaded Taco Meat! Never buy premade taco seasoning again – make your own and tailor it to your tastes. I hope you enjoy!


Fully Loaded Taco Meat from Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

Author: Arsy Vartanian

Serves 6


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine all of the spices.
  2. Add the beef, tomato paste and spices to the slow cooker. Use a spoon to mix up the ingredients and break up the meat.
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  4. Break up the meat some more.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the slow cooker and serve.

Chef’s tip: You can reserve 2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning and add it in the last 30 minutes of cooking. This extra step isn’t necessary, but it will heighten the flavor of the meat!


  1. I have all of these ingredients in my pantry right now. Just need some ground beef and I’m good to go! I can’t wait to try this!

  2. I love using my Crockpot! As a busy mom, athlete, student I’ve grown to hate cooking! Excited to check this out!

  3. Sounds delicious!

    Just an FYI tried to purchase but there is no place to put in the discount code, just to pay.

  4. THANK YOU so much for posting this. I’m in LOVE with my slow cooker – it’s magic! One of my favorites being salsa chicken. Even Italian chicken with pasta sauce. There is so much variety with both! I’m looking forward to broadening my horizons.

  5. Awesome healthy recipe! This meal will sure be appreciated by all who are invited to taste this one. I can’t wait to try this coming weekend. I really like the simplicity in preparation, the ingredients are readily available and above all is the health benefits of this meal! Looking forward for more delicious and healthy recipes soon!

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