Ground Beef Taco Recipe

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This ground beef taco recipe makes a Mexican meal that everyone loves. Make this taco meat recipe for a small group or to feed a crowd on game day or for Cinco de Mayo!

close up of ground beef taco

Ground Beef Taco Recipe

How can you go wrong with tacos? What’s great about these is, the taco meat recipe comes together in no time. Then, people can have fun building their own Mexican masterpiece.

overhead shot of prepping Easy Ground Beef Tacos

Not to mention, a pound of ground beef goes a long way, especially when you use other filling and topping ingredients.

skillet of ground beef for a taco meat recipe

Best Seasoning For This Taco Meat Recipe

I know the the store bought taco spice packets make things easy, but it’s just as easy to make your own with pantry spices, and yours will have less salt.

My recipe for homemade taco seasoning is uncomplicated, but it packs an authentic flavor punch. Pantry staple herbs and spices are used like cumin, oregano and chili powder. I find Mexican oregano is best, along with ancho chili powder because it’s just that, not a mix of chilies.

close up of ground beef taco recipe


What toppings go with ground beef tacos?

Keep taco toppings simple so the seasoned beef is the star. Good toppings include pico de gallo, pickled red onions, shredded iceberg lettuce and cheese. Serve with roasted tomato salsa or roasted salsa verde on the side, too.

What kind of tortillas are best for tacos?

To keep it simple, you can use store bought taco shells, but I think they taste terrible. Instead, pick up soft white or yellow corn tortillas. Use a gas stove burner or grill to char them, heat them up and get them pliable. You could also deep fry in oil for a homemade crunchy shell taco, too.

How much ground beef per person for tacos?

You can make a pound of ground beef stretch with tacos! Figure on a quarter cup per taco.

side view: ground taco meat on corn tortilla with pickled onion, cilantro and cojita cheese

This ground beef taco recipe post, originally published on June 3, 2019 was updated with new content July 27, 2021.

close up of ground beef taco

Ground Beef Taco Recipe

5 from 3 votes
This ground beef taco recipe makes a Mexican meal that everyone loves. Make this taco meat recipe for a small group or to feed a crowd!
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp Taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 90/10
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 8 small (6-inch round) corn tortillas



  • In a large skillet over medium high heat add the oil. When hot, add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir, cook 30 seconds more. Season with pinch of kosher salt.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning, brown sugar and tomato paste, simmer on low for 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and water. Break up the meat with the spoon. Stir and reduce for 10 minutes.
  • Over a hot flame on the stovetop or on a grill, char the fresh, soft corn tortillas on both sides.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar to the beef filling and season to taste.
  • Fill each taco shell with beef filling, cheese (optional), pico de gallo, lettuce and pickled onions.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.8mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinners
Cuisine: Tex Mex
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Whether in the kitchen or on the grill, you’ll find me cooking American favorites with a love for BBQ, Mexican and Tex Mex. I’m passionate about making tasty food because life’s too short to be bland!

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  1. Tacos is the best to serve guests for a small snack. Its a pleaser for sure. Thanks for sharing this Kevin!

  2. 5 stars
    Nothing beats tacos Kevin! Always easy and a crowd pleaser for sure! These look yummo!

  3. 5 stars
    These look awesome, Kevin! Love that char on the tortillas and totally excited to try your homemade taco seasoning mix!

  4. 5 stars
    I could legit eat tacos every single day for any meal! These are such a classic and wishing they were my lunch today! Delish, my friend 🙂