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A 'taco bowl' made with salsa beef piled over rice with toppings.

Slow Cooker Salsa Beef

  • Author: Kari
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This super easy Salsa Beef is sure to become a new favorite go-to recipe for weeknight dinners!



1 large onion, diced into 1/4dice

2 bell peppers (I used red & yellow), cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 pound ground beef

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon chipotle powder

116 ounce jar mild salsa, about 2 cups

Extras for serving:

Rice, Cauliflower rice, or Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Guacamole, Salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese


Place the onion, bell pepper, and ground beef into the slow cooker bowl.  Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat into small pieces.

Mix the minced garlic and spices into the salsa. Then add the salsa mixture over top of the ground beef. Mix to combine, and turn the slow cooker to low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.

If you want the peppers to be firmer, check the slow cooker to see if they’re the desired doneness starting at around 5 hours on low.

Serve with any or all of the toppings.

To make this on the stove top, cook the ground beef in a large skillet breaking it up into small pieces. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic, cook stirring often for 2-3 minutes. Then add the spices and salsa to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer until the onions and peppers are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Add a touch of water or broth if at any point the beef mixture gets too dry.


Sodium content varies from brand to brand with salsa. To cut down on sodium, try making my Fire Roasted Blender Salsa and add salt to your taste, or none at all. This salsa freezes well and works beautifully in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Salsa Beef, Crockpot Salsa Beef, Ground Beef Salsa Slow Cooker, Salsa Beef Slow Cooker