Ground Beef Tacos

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Ground Beef Tacos are a tasty recipe that makes a great meal for the whole family. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!

ground beef tacos on a plate

Ground Beef Tacos

This is the best ground beef taco recipe because it is easy to make and it tastes great! It is a no frills recipe for the classic ground beef tacos we all love. You can top these tacos with all your favorite taco toppings, but if you are keeping it simple you can stick with iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef – The main component of this Ground Beef Tacos recipe, as you might imagine, is the ground beef. I like to use a lean ground beef. You can also use ground turkey or a plant based meat substitute like Impossible Beef or Beyond Beef.
  • Taco Seasoning – I usually opt for a homemade taco seasoning, but you can absolutely use store-bought taco seasoning packets. Our Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe is made with chili powder, cumin, cornstarch, kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and you can also add crushed red pepper flakes for more spice.
  • Water – Water mixes with the cornstarch in the taco seasoning to create a delicious sauce to coat the ground beef. You can also use beef broth or chicken broth for extra flavor.
  • Taco Shells – You can use crunchy corn tortillas or shells or you can use soft flour tortillas. You can also use green leaf lettuce as a low carb tortilla shell!

Ground Beef Tacos Topping Ideas

Once you have your shells and your meat, it is time to get creative with toppings! Let us know what your favorite taco toppings are in the comments below.

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Diced Onion
  • Diced Tomato
  • Diced Bell Peppers
  • Jalapeños
  • Shredded Cheese (Cheddar or a Mexican Blend)
  • Beans (Black, Pinto, or Refried)
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Diced Avocado
  • Hot Sauce

Save Money by Making Your Own Taco Seasoning

I know it might not seem like the taco seasoning packets you buy in stores are very expensive, but with the number of tacos our family consumes, it really adds up. I can make an entire batch of this homemade taco seasoning for pennies on the dollar when compared with the store packets.

Not only is this mix less expensive than buying a packet of taco seasoning at the grocery store, it tastes better too. Plus, since you are the one making it, you know exactly what the ingredients in it are.

Recipe Tip

ground beef in a skillet

To drain excess grease from the pan, place a colander in the sink and pour the meat into the colander. Do not rinse the meat. If you rinse the meat, then it will lose some of the flavor. After draining, pour the meat back into the pan.

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Ground Beef Tacos FAQ

Can you freeze taco meat?

Yes! After cooking, place the meat into an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

What ground beef is best for tacos?

Lean ground beef (93% lean) is best for tacos because the meat won’t be too greasy.

Can I use this taco meat for taco salads?

Yes! This beef tastes great in a taco salad!

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How to Make Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos are a tasty recipe that makes a great meal for the whole family. Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6 tacos

Ingredients

Taco Seasoning

For Taco Meat

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 6 taco shells
  • toppings

Instructions

  • Mix taco seasoning ingredients together. This makes about ½ cup of seasoning. You will only use 3 tablespoons of the mix and you can save the rest for later. It has a shelf life of about a year.
    Homemade taco seasoning in a bowl with a golden spoon
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off excess grease.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water. Stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef to taco shells.
  • Top with your favorite taco toppings and serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts do not include toppings

Nutrition Information

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 16gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1426mgPotassium: 509mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3345IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 5mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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