Soft Taco Stack

I’ll admit it.  I do not use my new slow-cooker enough.  I really don’t.

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That is why I am going to try and make a habit of participating in Thoughtless Thursdays over at Pots and Plots.


For this edition of Thoughtless Thursday I made a Soft Taco Stack.  It is all the components of tacos, just arranged differently and cooked more slowly.  What you end up with is something like a Tex-Mex lasagna.  It’s spicy, hearty and takes only twenty minutes to prepare and four hours to slow-cook, or conversely you can bake it for 40 minutes in the oven.  Not to shabby! 

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You can use any kind of ground meat you prefer for this dish.  I opted for ground lean turkey this time around because, if read my last post you know that I ate a whole cow over the weekend.  Ok, maybe not the whole cow, but enough that I needed something a little lighter. 

This dish also uses my own taco seasoning blend.  I bring this up because last week a few Twitter friends were wondering why I had not posted it yet.  Well, here it is in all its glory!  You will never buy the packets again, I promise you that.

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This is easy, tasty, and perfect for a busy weeknight. 

Soft Taco Stack   Serves 4-6

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground lean beef, turkey or chicken
1 recipe taco seasoning (below)
1 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 recipe taco seasoning
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup water
6 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese

Taco Seasoning  Yield enough to season 1 pound of ground meat

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or less to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika



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Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the oil and wait for it to heat to a shimmer.  Add the onion and cook for three minutes, until softened, then add the garlic.  Cook for one minute.

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Add the ground meat and allow to cook through.  While it cooks mix the taco seasoning.

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Once the meat is cooked through drain off any excess fat then add the taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, and water.  Stir well and allow to simmer for ten minutes, or until the water has mostly evaporated and the meat is coated in a thick sauce.

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Divide the meat into thirds.  Place the first third on the bottom of your slow-cooker insert.  Lay three corn tortillas over the meat, then half of the shredded cheeses.  Repeat this process until the complete.

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At this point you can refrigerate until ready to use, or place directly into your slow cooker and cook on low for four hours. 

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Serve with sour cream.

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Author: Kelly

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  • Maria

    Hubs will love this one. He is always begging for Mexican!

  • Rachel ‘Tha Pizza Cutta’ Joyce

    Super creative twist on taco night. Loving it!

  • doggybloggy

    talk about ease and tons of flavor – this is chapter one of that book!

  • Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    Wow this is almost like my mexican lasagna.

    I never thought to do it in the crock pot! Wonderful idea!

  • s. stockwell

    You always do such great posts!! With wonderful photos and creative tasty ideas…we love it. This is a family dinner classic? great. Thanks,s

  • Jen Schall @ My Kitchen Addiction

    Looks wonderful! I love Mexican dishes. I also need to start using my crock pot more often. I find that I typically only use it in the winter when it is really cold! I like the Thoughtless Thursdays idea… thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • donna

    Sounds wonderful. I just made something similar, but yours looks much better. Perfect weeknight dish

  • jenn

    MMMMMMM…I’m a soft taco addict!!! This beat having the small individual wraps. I’ll take this. Bookmarking it for my soft taco cravings.

  • Ruth

    Excellent recipe and pics. Bookmarked!

  • JehanP

    I LUV spanish food! This looks soo yummy..I have to try this.

  • Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    Love the idea of this delicious soft taco stack! Great recipe!

  • Liz

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out on hubby! Yum!

  • Brenda Campbell

    I definitely need some of that! It looks wonderful and we love anything that has the word taco in it LOL

  • deeba

    WHOA…love the look of this stack…YUM YUM! Thanks for the recipe for the taco seasoning too!

  • teresa

    Oh yum! Bookmarking this one for sure!

  • Mathilde’s Cuisine

    Great idea and looks very easy to make! Well done!

  • Jessie

    We’re huge fans of mexican food and this looks amazing! very comforting too and so easy to make. I’m going to give this a try sometime this weekend or next week. I’ll let you know how it came out :)

  • Rachelle

    Thanks. I love to make my own seasoning mixes and I love the crockpot. I am glad you are doing Thoughtless Thursdays. I am trying to think of an idea for next week.

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  • pigpigscorner

    ahh comfort food. Your seasoning sounds really good!

  • Rico

    Very delicious and filling that’s how I like it. thnks. Well you can find me here too Rico|Recipes :) xx

  • jenn

    that looks amazing! I have yet to really break in my own slow-cooker… perhaps one day soon, I will try this recipe!

  • Leela@SheSimmers

    Ha, the much anticipated taco mix! Thank you! :)

  • Danica

    Wow – I was seriously drooling reading this one – amazing! I LOVE the slow cooker concept but the results are amazing. I am definitely adding this one to my list of things to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sunshine Mom

    I saw a similar recipe in one of my slow cooker cook books and thought it sounded interesting. I just wasn’t sure how it would turn out. You’ve convinced me to give it a try! It looks amazing!!

  • Heidi

    This sounds wonderful and I know my husband will really enjoy it.
    I was curious – do you make the seasoning only when you do taco dishes or do you make it in batches to keep on hand?

  • Kelly

    Heidi – I usually just make it as I need it, but you could make a big batch if you like!

  • Ken Knerr

    If in the oven, what temp?

  • Katherine Newman

    Made this last night and it was AWESOME! :o)
    Added a few mushrooms and bell peppers just to add a little vegetable content, and baked in the oven at 350F for 40 mins. Will definitely be making it again! :o)

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