Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos

These Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos are a game changer for Taco Tuesdays or any weeknight meal! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this recipe delivers big on flavor and convenience.

three rotel tacos on a serving tray.

The star ingredient in these tacos is the can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilies. This adds a burst of spicy and tangy flavor that takes these tacos to the next level. If you’re tired of the same old ground beef tacos, then these Rotel Tacos are sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

spoonful of cheesy rotel ground beef in a slow cooker.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a great way to change up the flavors of traditional Taco Tuesday.
  • You only need basic ingredients so you don’t have to spend a lot of money at the grocery store.
  • Plus, your trusty slow cooker does most of the work so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of time in the kitchen.


bowls of ground beef, velveeta, taco seasoning, rotel and milk.

One great thing about this delicious recipe is that you only need a few simple ingredients. Gather these ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store so you can enjoy this delicious meal with your family.

  • lean ground beef
  • taco seasoning
  • Velveeta cheese
  • Rotel tomatoes
  • milk
  • Tortillas
  • Taco toppings

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos

Making these slow cooker tacos is so easy. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you will have a simple meal that your whole family will love in no time at all. Plus, the slow cooker does all the work so you can spend more time with your family.

Step 1: Cook the ground beef

Add the ground beef to a skillet and cook until brown. And then drain your ground beef.

ground beef, rotel, velveeta and taco seasoning in a slow cooker.

Step 2: Add the ingredients to the slow cooker

Cut the velvetta into cubes. And then into your slow cooker add the ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese, Rotel, and milk. Stir it together.

slow cooker full of rotel taco meat.

Step 3: Cook the tacos

Cover and turn on low for 4 hours. Serve in tortillas and top with your favorite taco toppings.


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Spicy – Are you a fan of spicy food? If so, use Hot Rotel or add some sliced jalapenos to the beef and cheese mixture.
  • Protein – Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or ground chicken instead.
  • Kid-friendly – If you have littles that aren’t fans of spice, use mild rotel or plain diced tomatoes instead.

Are you looking for another tex mex inspired slow cooker recipe? If so, check out this Slow Cooker Frito Pie recipe.

🥄 Equipment

This is a quick overview of the equipment that you will need to make this easy recipe:

  • slow cooker
  • large skillet
rotel taco held in a woman's hand.

🥫 Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze the leftover beef for up to three months. Just make sure that you use a freezer bag or freezer safe container.

Serve With

These Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos pair well with just about any side dish, however, we like to serve them with these Homemade Guacamole and Chips or these Baked Zucchini Sticks. You can also end this meal with a sweet treat like this Orange Cream Shake or Sugar Cookie Fudge.

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure this recipe turns out perfectly for you when you make it.

  • The cheese can get a little sticky so we recommend that you spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray or use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up.
  • Drain your ground beef well before you add it slow cooker so that your tacos are not greasy.
  • Feel free to get creative and try adding vegetables or beans to the meat mixture while it cooks.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Should I cook ground beef before adding it to slow cooker?

Yes, your ground beef should be cooked all the way through.

What’s the best way to reheat taco meat?

You can reheat the beef mixture on the stove top over medium heat until warm all the way or single servings in the microwave until warm all the through.

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🧾Recipe Card

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three rotel tacos on a serving tray.

Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos

These Slow Cooker Rotel Tacos are packed with tender ground beef, a hint of spice, and cheesy goodness it's a meal the whole family will love.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 439kcal


  • slow cooker
  • large skillet


  • 2-2.5 pounds lean ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning
  • 16 ounces velvetta cheese
  • 10 ounces Rotel tomatoes (tomatoes with green chiles)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Tortillas
  • Taco toppings


  • Brown and drain your ground beef.
  • Cut the velvetta into cubes.
  • Into your slow cooker add the ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese, Rotel, and milk.
  • Stir it together.
  • Cover and turn on low for 4 hours.
  • Serve in tortillas and top with your favorite taco toppings.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Taco | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 1728mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1006IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 5mg

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