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    Best Taco Meat Recipe – Super easy and only takes 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make! The sky is the limit with this taco meat…it’s so versatile and tastes delicious in all types of Mexican dishes!

    We make taco meat all the time at our house. It’s super simple and can be used so many ways! My favorite way to use it is on a big taco salad. I love to load mine up with all the fix-in’s…pico de gallo, black beans, corn, guacamoletortilla strips …you name it. Oh, and you can’t forget the cilantro lime dressing. SO yummy!

    taco meat

    Taco meat

    It’s good to go back to the basics every once in awhile. Taco meat is one of those things that is so easy to make and my whole family loves. I’ll often whip some up and then set it next to a big bowl of lettuce, tortillas and all the fix-in’s so everyone can make whatever they want.

    The best thing about taco meat is that the sky is the limit! It’s perfect for making beef tacos, enchiladas, navajo tacos, taco salads and more. Plus it’s super easy and takes only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. You can’t beat that!

    how to make taco meat

    Taco meat ingredients

    Ground beef: I like to use 80-90% lean ground beef when making taco meat, however you could use ground turkey if preferred.

    Onions: Onions add another layer of freshness to the taco meat. They cook with the beef while it browns and add great flavor.

    Taco seasoning: I love to make my own homemade taco seasoning. It’s so easy, cost effective and is great to have on hand. Feel free to use store-bought taco seasoning if desired.

    Salsa: Not only does mixing in fresh salsa give the taco meat extra flavor, it also helps to thicken it up as well. If you don’t have salsa on hand, you can use tomato sauce and water instead.

    How to make taco meat

    This taco meat is so easy and comes together in just 15 minutes. Just follow the simple steps below to get started. Scroll down for the printable taco meat recipe.

    1. Brown beef in skillet. Cook ground beef and onions in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Stir occasionally to break up any large pieces.
    2. Add seasonings and simmer. Drain any excess grease from the meat, then add taco seasoning and salsa (or tomato sauce and water). Bring to a light simmer. Add more water if desired.
    3. Serve and enjoy! Serve taco meat in tacos, taco salads or burritos.

    taco meat recipe

    Can taco meat be frozen?

    Yes! Sometimes I’ll double the batch of taco meat so that I can stick half in the freezer. It’s great to have on hand for an easy weeknight dinner. To freeze, simply place in a freezer bag (make sure to remove all of the air) and store in freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, stick in the fridge overnight and then reheat on the skillet (or in the microwave) until warm.

    Favorite ways to use taco meat

    There are SO many different ways to use this taco meat recipe. It’s super versatile and tastes great in many Mexican dishes. Below are some of our favorites:

    taco meat recipe

    Taco Meat Recipe

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: taco meat
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 205
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Best Taco Meat Recipe - Super easy and only takes 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make! The sky is the limit with this taco meat...it's so versatile and tastes delicious in all types of Mexican dishes! 


    • 1 pound ground beef , 80-90% lean
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning , more to taste
    • 1/2 cup salsa
    • 1/4 cup water , more as needed

    S&P to taste


      • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until browned, stirring occasionally breaking up any large pieces. 
      • Once browned, drain off any extra grease. Then add in the taco seasoning, salsa or tomato sauce and water. Bring to a light simmer. Add more water as desired. 
      • Serve in tacos, taco salads or burritos. 


      Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 285mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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