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Taco Slow Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

It's the day before I return to my college courses for another semester, so there's a lot going on - making sure I can log into my classes, checking all my books and supplies, reviewing the syllabus for each class, and psyching myself up for another run through a new school year. The last thing I really wanted to spend a lot of time worrying about was dinner. I found this dish that has only six ingredients and uses a "set it and forget it" slow cooker... perfect!

I'll tell you now that while this has a good flavor it does come out a little dry to my tastes. Put some salsa and sour cream on the side, and that should take care of it :)

Adapted from Recipes That Crock!

Cooking Method
Difficulty Beginner
Time
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 4 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Best Season Suitable throughout the year
Description

Quick and easy to make with only 6 ingredients in a slow cooker. Great for those days when you don't have time to hover over a stove.

Adapted from Recipes That Crock!

Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (1 oz.)
  • 1 bag frozen shredded hashbrowns (30 oz.)
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup (10.75 oz.)
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese (divided)
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef, breaking it into crumbs as it cooks. Add the garlic toward the end of the cooking time.

  2. In a large bowl combine cooked beef, taco seasoning, hashbrowns, soup, and 1 cup of cheese. Mix until well blended. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 6-quart slow cooker and spread evenly across the bottom. Top with remaining cheese.

  3. Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or on High for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 452kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g56%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 921mg39%
Potassium 363mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 33g11%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Protein 33g66%

Calcium 19 mg
Iron 22 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Notes
  • Note: this dish may be somewhat dry at the end of cooking. One suggestion is to serve it with salsa and/or sour cream on the side.
  • Use whatever taco seasoning is preferred - Mild, Regular, or Hot
  • If using an oven-safe crock and if desired, place the crock in the oven set to Broil for about 90 seconds to brown the cheese on top.
Keywords: taco, ground beef, hashbrowns, slow cooker, casserole