TexMex ingredients and flavors combined with the ground meat of choice for a quick and easy slow cooker meal. This can be served in tortillas, lettuce wraps, or even in zucchini boats.
The choice of ground meat is up to you. I used lean ground turkey but you can use ground pork, ground beef, ground chicken…seriously whatever you prefer. If you’re vegan or vegetarian then you can swap out the meat for tofu or just double up on the black beans.
A couple of notes about this recipe: for the salsa, use the salsa of your choice. You can even add more salsa if you want but I would use more than 20 ounces total. For the taco seasoning, I used Flavor God’s Taco Tuesday. If you don’t have that, I encourage you to use my homemade taco seasoning rather than using a store-bought packet (so unhealthy).
Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring well.
- 2 lbs ground meat, browned
- 15 ounces corn (drained & rinsed)
- 15 ounces black beans (drained & rinsed)
- 15 ounces salsa
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- ½ jalapeno (optional)
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning (see blog post)
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
Like I first mentioned, this stuffing can be used in so many different ways. Most times I eat this in a bowl with nothing added. Obviously the stuffing is perfect for tacos. I decided to do something different and use the meat in zucchini boats. This was really easy to do. Preheat the oven to 400. While the oven heats, slice the zucchini in half. To scoop out the inside of the zucchini, I used a melon baller. If you look closely at the pic you can see the melon ball outlines. Anyway once the oven is ready, stuff the inside with the ground meat, add cheese (if using), cover with foil and bake 25-30 min or until the zucchini are soft. If you want, you can uncover the last 5 minutes or so to crisp the cheese.
Or not to cheese….
That is the question. What say you? Would you add cheese to these zucchini boats?