Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

Get ready for THE BEST Ground Beef Tacos you’ve ever made! This taco meat is tender, flavorful and juicy. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or Taco Tuesday!

This Ground Beef Tacos Recipe is quick and easy with the most flavorful taco meat out there!pinterestEveryone has their go-to dinners, and these tacos are one of mine. My family LOVES the mega-flavorful taco meat and we like to pull out all our favorite toppings and let everyone create their own tacos. It’s a fun and easy dinner that comes together in about 15 minutes!

Ground Beef Taco Meat

  • Sauté onion and ground beef in a skillet until browned and cooked through. Drain off any fat and return to the stove top.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and my homemade taco seasoning.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer and let the flavors blend for a few minutes.

That’s it! Soooo easy and your mind will be blown away!

Brown ground beef and onions in a skillet with tomato sauce and taco seasoning.

Do I Need To Add Water To Taco Meat?

Nope! That’s the secret trick to this flavorful taco meat. Skip the water and opt for tomato sauce instead. You’ll be left with an ultra flavorful taco meat that’s rich and juicy.

PRO TIP: If you want a spicier taco meat, try using half taco sauce and half tomato sauce!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

While it’s not 100% necessary to make your own, I do have one amazing homemade taco seasoning recipe that’ll knock your socks off. Here are the ingredients you’ll need, plus a link to the recipe just in case you want to read more about it. 😉

  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Black Pepper

The BEST Homemade Taco Meat in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Taco Toppings –

The sky is the limit when it comes to your favorite taco toppings, but here are a few of our favorites that we always put out on Taco Night!

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • diced Roma tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Taco Sauce
  • Diced Green Onions
  • Jalapeños

A plate full of crispy flour tortilla ground beef tacos with toppings.

I just recently found these crunchy flour tortilla shells from Old El Paso that are great for an added crunch and hold up well. We typically use a soft flour tortilla, but it’s always fun to switch it up every once in a while.

Close up image of Ground Beef Taco with toppings on white plate

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Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

This super easy Ground Beef Tacos Recipe is perfect for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo and any busy night of the week!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 553 kcal
Author: Shawn


For the Taco Meat:

  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 lb. ground beef, lean
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp homemade taco seasoning, or store bought

For the Tacos:

  • 8 medium flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded taco cheese blend
  • 1 large roma tomato, diced
  • 4 tbsp sour cream
  • Hot sauce


For the Taco Meat:

  • Combine the onion and ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook, until ground beef is cooked through and crumbled. Drain any excess fat and return skillet to stove top.
  • Add in the tomato sauce and taco seasonings and stir over medium-low heat. Let the mixture simmer, until the sauce is thickened and flavors have had a chance to enhance, about 5 to 7 minutes.

For the Tacos:

  • Serve the taco meat while hot with the tortillas and other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: Dinner, Ground Beef Taco Meat, Mexican, Taco Tuesday, Tacos
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These crunchy Ground Beef Tacos are great for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Night or any other time you're craving a quick Mexican meal!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
16 Responses
  1. An

    So delicious easy instructions, simple reciepe. I subsituted tomato sauce for ketchup because I didnt have. I it was a bit spicy but boy was it yummy!

  2. Joan

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! used this recipe plus your homemade taco seasoning recipe and my family loved it ! I’ve always used the packet and water but this is so easy to make I don’t think I will need to go back. This is incredible! Thank You! My teenager loves it! Yay!

  3. Lori

    5 stars
    I made your taco recipe today with tomato sauce. I didn’t tell my two teenage boys that I was doing anything different with the meat (adding the tomato sauce). They both, along with a friend of one of them who was here for dinner, said more than once that they were the best tacos I’ve ever made. My 15 year old said ‘I can’t believe how good these taste!’ 😉 Thanks to adding that one simple ingredient! Thank you for your amazing recipes!

      1. Ricky

        5 stars
        Dear Mrs. Shawn:
        This is a really great and simple recipe that motivates any working parent, especially on a Tuesday.

        Thank you for taking the time from your family to share your culinary gifts in these difficult and challenging times.

        I made these tacos with your recipe and added a bit of Spanish chorizo, as you suggested, to mix with your recipe; simply scrumptious.

        I made both the Corn and flour tortillas although the Corn did have a ‘tad’ better overall Mexico flavor. The avocado slices in the shredded lettuce definitely enhanced the mix.

        Please continue sharing your gifts with us. I pray for you and all the kind people that are sharing their recipes, now that the kidz “can’t leave the house” due to the evilness of the Corona virus.

        God bless you!
        Ricky rainbow
        PS. Your name is Irish: and it means God is gracious; gift from God. So contrary to popular belief, it’s not just for boyz. Take care!

        1. Shawn

          Hi Ricky! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I love that you enjoyed the taco recipe. And thank you for the info on my name, that is so neat! 🙂

  4. Richard Mavis

    5 stars
    I love your recipes and instructions! I’ve been making Ground Beef Tacos for literally my whole life. I’ve never written down my seasonings and this was a great reminder for how my Grandma made hers.

    I made one tweak a few years ago, and it’s simply amazing – substitute 1/2 the ground beef for chorizo sausage. I You only need to add a small amount of additional seasoning (~1 tsp per pound) for an even better tasting taco! I like to simmer the meat mixture with water for about 45 minutes, until the water cooks off so that every bite has the full flavor of the great seasonings!

  5. Shaunna

    5 stars
    Taco Tuesday for real at my house tonight. I used this recipe plus your homemade taco seasoning recipe and my family loved it. I’ve always used the packet and water but this is so easy to make I don’t think I will need to go back. I made up a mason jar of the seasoning so I’m set for a while.


  6. Rick Casey

    ever try pork tacos?/ we have a small Mexican restaurant in our small town that does taco Tuesday each week. They have ground beef, chicken and pork tacos for 99 cents each. The pork tacos are excellent. going to try your recipe.

    1. Shawn

      Rick! I have the BEST Pork Carnitas that make amazing tacos… here is the link – Crispy Instant Pot Pork Carnitas. Hope you give it a try, you’ll be blown away!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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