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Ground Beef Tacos

This is the best ground beef taco recipe, perfect for an easy dinner, Taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo or any night you need a quick dinner. Classic beef taco recipe with homemade seasoning.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword beef tacos, ground beef tacos
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 12 tacos
Calories 166 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (note: I have used up to 1.25 pounds with this same recipe)

Taco seasoning blend

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspooons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup water

Taco Assembly

  • 12 taco shells (Hard or soft - for soft I recommend fajita-sized flour tortillas)
  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • 2 cups tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup salsa homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, cheddar jack blend or Mexican cheese blend all work)

Instructions

Taco seasoning blend

  1. Measure out all ingredients into a bowl, and stir together until well-combined. Set aside.

Cooking the taco meat

  1. Brown the meat, and separate with a spatula or spoon until brown and crumbly. 

  2. Drain the fat off the meat, and return to the same pan.

  3. Sprinkle the seasoning on top, and add the water.

  4. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  5. Once the mixture starts bubbling, reduce heat to low, and cook until the liquid evaporates, about 7 more minutes.

Heat the taco shells

  1. Heat the taco shells in the oven (or toaster oven), according to package instructions, just prior to serving.

Assembling the tacos

  1. Spoon some of the beef mixture into a taco shell. 

  2. Add desired toppings. I recommend lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese and salsa. Other optional toppings: sour cream, guacamole, diced avocado, cilantro, queso, onions, peppers, corn.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator. Hard taco shells, and toppings listed in the ingredient section of the recipe card are included in nutrition. Optional toppings are not included.

I love carbs! And all the macros. But I understand some folks have different dietary needs than me. If you need a low carb/ keto option you can use iceberg, butter leaf or green leaf lettuce as a taco shell.

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 468mg20%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.