Taco Meat

Bold flavors and the right seasoning bring this classic to life

This versatile taco meat recipe is simple to make and can be used in tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas.

The key to turning ground beef into delicious taco meat is making sure you build up a flavorful sauce that keeps the meat moist.

One of our favorite ways to use this recipe is in our Classic American Tacos.

Classic American Tacos Overhead

Good old fashioned American tacos

It also helps to use a taco seasoning that uses chili powder as its base and includes wet and dry ingredients to help build up flavors and texture.

Taco Spices Lined Up

Mixing the spices together before adding them to ground beef helps distribute the flavors

Make sure to drain off any grease that accumulates during the browning process, before adding the sauce. This keeps the tacos from turning greasy.

For a delicious weeknight dinner serve these tacos with Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Sweet Corn with Anaheim Peppers.

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Taco Meat

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup white onion, minced
  • 1 4 oz can roasted green chilis, diced

Spice Mixture

  • 1/3 cup taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Sauté the onion and roasted green chilis in a little oil, add in the ground beef to brown. Make sure to stir the ground beef regularly to break it into small bits.
  • While the meat is browning, mix the taco sauce, water, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper together.
  • Once the ground beef has finished browning, drain any extra liquid, and turn the heat down to a low simmer.
  • Add in the seasonings and cook covered for 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, to incorporate all the flavors.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Comfort Food, Weeknight Dinners


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Nutrition Facts
Taco Meat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 347mg14%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 74IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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