This Homemade Beef Taco Recipe is a homemade recipe for taco meat that you can use to make tacos

Homemade Ground Beef Taco Recipe

This Homemade Ground Beef Taco Recipe is an easy dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Making the taco meat from scratch uses a few simple ingredients and takes just minutes!

If you love tacos as much as we do, try our Pan Fried Beef Tacos or even these fun Taco Egg Rolls for appetizers! Need a low carb taco? These Naked Sheet Pan Tacos will do the trick!

This Homemade Beef Taco Recipe is a homemade recipe for taco meat that you can use to make tacos

Everyone Loves Tacos

There’s not many people I know that don’t love a good taco.

I know tacos are a huge hit at my house – every time we make them for dinner. My little guy can usually down three of them, and he’s little.

Really, I don’t know where he puts them.

And it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of tacos we make, either. Fish tacos, soft shell tacos, chicken carnitas tacos…it’s all good. They never complain.

Something about the warm meat (or fish) and the cold toppings coming together in a tasty taco shell, you really can’t beat it.

Homemade Beef Taco Recipe is a recipe for taco meat that can be used on tacos or other dinners

Easy Homemade Taco Meat

Most of the time you buy the kit, right? Brown up the beef and add that taco seasoning and a little water. Totally fine, we used to do it all the time too.

But when you want tacos and don’t have that little taco seasoning packet? Never fear, you can make it yourself, and it’s SO much better.

All you need are a few seasonings, some tomato sauce and my secret ingredient. Don’t worry, it’s something most people have in their house and just a little bit of it makes this taco meat taste so delicious!

This taco meat recipe is really adaptable, too. Try making it with ground turkey or pork, or even ground chicken! You can add beans right to the taco meat, too and make it a whole meal in itself!

Homemade Beef Taco Recipe is a beef taco recipe that takes 15 minutes

What To Do With Taco Meat Besides Tacos

Now, of course you can use homemade taco meat to make this amazing Homemade Beef Taco Recipe, but you can use taco meat to make so many different dinners!

• Make a taco bowl with rice, beans and toppings

• Fill a soft shell tortilla for enchiladas or a quick snack

• Use taco meat to make beef nachos

• Use homemade taco meat to make a “taco” sloppy joe sandwich

• Make a low carb dinner with taco meat, shredded lettuce, avocado and cheese

If there’s taco meat in our refrigerator it usually doesn’t last long. Our boys will scoop it up with tortilla chips or eat it right out of the bowl.

Homemade Beef Taco Recipe is a taco recipe that used homemade taco meat

Taco Topping Ideas:

• Avocados or guacamole

• Shredded lettuces

• Cheese, almost any kind you like will work!

• Beans

• Diced tomatoes

• Sour Cream

There’s so many toppings for tacos, this is a short list. Jalapeños, for one. The list goes on. Get creative and set out a taco bar for the kids, or at a party.

You’ll be surprised at what your kids grab to throw on a taco when it’s all out in front of them!

Looking For More Easy Dinner Recipes?

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Classic Meatloaf Recipe

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Yield: 4 Cups of Taco Meat

Homemade Beef Taco Recipe

Homemade Beef Taco Recipe

This beef taco recipe uses a super quick homemade taco meat that you can use for tacos and so many different dinners!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce


Spray a skillet with cooking spray then add the beef over medium heat.

Brown the beef until cooked through, then drain and return to the skillet.

Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato sauce and soy sauce to the beef and stir to combine,

Turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in taco shells and top with desired toppings.


This recipe makes about 4 cups of taco meat. We find that about 1/4 cup of meat is good per taco so this recipe will make about 16 tacos!


8 1/2 cup servings
16 1/4 cup servings

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 cup of meat

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 320mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 17g
This nutritional information is for informational purposes only. As I am not a nutritionist, this information is provided only as a courtesy.

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