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Taco meat in a soft taco

Taco Meat Recipe

Spice up your mealtime with delicious homemade taco meat. Our easy-to-make recipe will have your taste buds dancing with its perfect blend of spices and ground beef. Done in less than 20 minutes!

Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
Prep: 3 minutesCook: 17 minutesTotal: 20 minutes


Taco Seasoning Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less for sensitive palates)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Taco Meat Ingredients 

  • 12 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 34 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (sub: ground turkey)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth

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Make It Now:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, ground cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, and optional sugar until well combined.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Saute the diced onion, stirring frequently, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in 3-4 minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 to 60 seconds more.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until no longer pink, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula as it browns. Drain off excess grease.
  4. Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of taco seasoning over the meat and stir until coated. Add in 1 cup of chicken/beef/vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the mixture has reduced some, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve however you’d like–in Tacos, Ground Beef Quesadillas, Baked Nachos, Beef Burritos, Taco Soup, or on a Mexican Chopped Salad.

Freeze For Later: Cook the meat as directed, then let the mixture cool completely. Place it in a freezer bag, seal, and freeze. 

Prepare For Later: Thaw meat in the refrigerator or using the defrost setting on the microwave. Warm in a microwave safe bowl or over low heat on the stovetop. Add a little beef or chicken broth if it’s too dry.


  • Where We Get Our Beef: We get our beef from ButcherBox. The beef is grass-fed and curated from trusted farms. We highly recommend this service to source healthy meat–like uncured bacon, chicken, and wild salmon–and have used it for years ourselves.
  • Taco Seasoning Ratio: Use about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning for every 1 pound of meat. Use more or less depending on your preference.
  • Pro Tip: Triple or quadruple the batch of seasoning and store in a jar. I almost always have a batch of our Taco Seasoning stored with my other seasonings.
© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: Mexican Method: Stove Top