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Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat -a great taco meat recipe that can be made with beef, turkey, or ground chicken. Quick and easy and perfect for tacos, burritos, or nachos!
Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat -a great taco meat recipe that can be made with beef, turkey, or ground chicken. Quick and easy and perfect for tacos, burritos, or nachos!
Course: Beef, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy taco meat, homemade taco meat, taco meat recipe
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (453g) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (8oz) (227g) can tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef sprinkled with seasonings over medium heat. Drain any grease and stir in tomato sauce. Simmer over low heat for 3 minutes. Serve with desired toppings. 

Recipe Notes
  1.  Make ahead options: Freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 2-4 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as needed. Or store covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  2. You can replace the onion and garlic powder for fresh which I also do sometimes. Use 1 small onion chopped and 4-6 cloves garlic, minced in place of the onion and garlic powder. You can also add cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes to boost the heat. Change up the flavors by adding smoked paprika or chipotle powder. 
  3. This recipe also works great with ground turkey or chicken.
    Use any type of ground beef you prefer. Just drain the grease well so your taco filling isn't greasy. 
  4. A few extras that I like to add sometimes: 
    1/2 cup of salsa instead of the tomato sauce. (This is our favorite way.) A 4 ounce can of chopped green chilies, a 15 ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  5. Nutrition info calculated using lean (90%) ground beef. 

What to serve with Ground Beef Tacos:

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 302mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.