Slow Cooker Taco Salad featuring Arizona Grass Raised Beef

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Slow Cooker Taco Salad-Easy, Delicious and much healthier than takeout!

I heart tacos.

So does Avery, but I think he hearts any food that he can eat with his hands. I also heart any meal that I can make in the slow cooker because that makes it seem like you put a lot of effort into your meal…when really you just threw a bunch of random ingredients into a big electric bowl and let it do its thang. I make tacos a lot. I also talk about my slow cooker a lot, but I really do use it multiple times per week. I teach until 7:00 at the Y two nights a week and I need dinner to be done as soon as I walk in the door on those nights. After jumping around in the pool for an hour, I am ready for food. If anyone ever tells you that you can’t get a good workout in the pool and that aqua fitness is just social hour for little old ladies, they are wrong and I would like to personally invite them to one of my classes so that I can prove it. 🙂 Alright, back to tacos…

Slow Cooker Taco Salad

Not all taco salads are made the same.

I did a little Googling and a fast food taco salad (I think you know where I am referring to) will run you 770 calories!!! I’m not a calorie counter, but that is quite a chunk in one sitting. What’s worse, though, are the ingredients. I am all for kicking back and getting real wild with some less-than-healthy foods every once in a while, but if you do your own Googling and check out the ingredients in said fast food taco salad, you’ll find an ingredient list about a mile long. So, yeah, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you’d be better off making a twenty minute trip to the grocery store and spending five more minutes prepping the ingredients for this healthy taco salad than hitting the drive thru. Plus, this taco salad recipe makes enough to feed your whole family!

 

Turn up your healthy taco salad game a notch.

The fine folks at Arizona Grass Raised Beef contacted me recently to see if I wanted to sample a few of their grass fed beef offerings. They sent me some awesome bone broth (I had only ever made my own in the past, so this was a real treat), ground beef and a package of steaks. I don’t think we have to get all sciency to understand why grass fed meat is better for you. My whole food philosophy is all about eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. What is more natural; cows that are raised in an environment where they are able to roam about, eat grass and do cow things all day, or cows that are confined to pens where they barely have room to move and are fed a diet of genetically modified grains and soy? That was a hypothetical question, if you don’t know the answer, I’m not going to tell you. 🙂 The folks at Arizona Grass Raised Beef are doing things the right way and I am proud to support any company who is out there fighting the good fight. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Taco Salad

Yield: 5 bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 8oz packet taco skillet sauce (typically found in the Mexican foods aisle)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic corn tortilla strips (optional)
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (buy it in a block and shred yourself, there are usually additives in pre-shedded cheese)

Instructions

  1. Place ground beef, red onion, broth and taco skillet sauce in slow cooker and stir well.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours. Stir well to break up meat before serving.
  3. Divide romaine between 5 bowls. Top with taco meat, pico de gallo, shredded cheese and tortilla strips.
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