Ground Beef Tacos (with homemade seasoning)

This is the best ground beef taco recipe, perfect for an easy dinner, Taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo or any night you need a quick dinner.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

closeup of three ground beef tacos on a white plate

If you have been looking for an easy taco recipe, you came to the right place friends! You can use this same method for soft tacos or hard shell tacos. I am using hard shells for the photos because thatโ€™s what my family likes best.

Taco seasoning

I am using my homemade taco seasoning for these ground beef tacos. I cannot tell you the last time I bought a taco seasoning packet. Not to worry, internet friends! It takes less than two minutes to mix up, and you may never buy another taco seasoning packet either. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This seasoning works for anywhere from one pound to 1.25 pounds. It gives these tacos amazing flavor with zero questionable ingredients. Yum!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Taco seasoning, ground beef, taco shells and cilantro on a marble couner

How to make classic ground beef tacos

Making these ground beef tacos is super easy! Just brown up some ground beef, using a spoon or flipper to break the meat up into chunks. Cook until no pink remains.

Then drain the grease off the meat. I do this by dumping the cooked beef onto a large plate with paper towels to soak up the grease.

Next, I return the drained beef to the pan. Sprinkle the seasoning on top and add the water, stirring to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Once the contents come to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and cook until the water evaporates, about 7 minutes.

cooking ground beef in a large pan

Heat the taco shells just prior to serving. You can use hard or soft shells. Just heat them according to package instructions.

Now you are ready to assemble the tacos! Spoon the meat in, and then add your toppings. And boom, dinner is served.

What to put in tacos

So what do you put in ground beef tacos? First I recommend serving with the classic fillings: lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese and salsa.

Some people like taco sauce, but we prefer salsa. Why? We always have some, it has great flavor, and it is one less condiment to buy at the store. You can use store-bought or homemade salsa.

Whether you are setting up a taco bar or making tacos for your family, any of the following fillings/ toppings are fantastic in tacos:

Also, we like our tacos with a side of cilantro lime rice. So good!

beef tacos with cilantro lime rice on a marble counter

How to make these into low carb beef tacos

Yโ€™all know I love carbs. ๐Ÿ˜ I love and eat all the macros.

But everybody has different preferences. You do you, friends. If you need a low carb option, you can serve this inย  lettuce leaves. Iceberg, butter lettuce and green leaf work best. If you do this, you may need more tacos to feel satisfied.

Ground beef tacos recipe

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closeup of three ground beef tacos on a white plate

Ground Beef Tacos

This is the best ground beef taco recipe, perfect for an easy dinner, Taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo or any night you need a quick dinner. Classic beef taco recipe with homemade seasoning.

Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 1
    pound
    ground beef
    (note: I have used up to 1.25 pounds with this same recipe)

Taco seasoning blend

  • 2
    teaspoons
    chili powder
  • 2
    teaspooons
    cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    oregano
  • 1
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 3/4
    cup
    water

Taco Assembly

  • 12
    taco shells
    (Hard or soft – for soft I recommend fajita-sized flour tortillas)
  • 2
    cups
    lettuce
    shredded
  • 2
    cups
    tomatoes
    diced
  • 1
    cup
    salsa
    homemade or store-bought
  • 1
    cup
    shredded cheese
    (cheddar, Monterey Jack, cheddar jack blend or Mexican cheese blend all work)

Instructions

Taco seasoning blend

  1. Measure out all ingredients into a bowl, and stir together until well-combined. Set aside.

Cooking the taco meat

  1. Brown the meat, and separate with a spatula or spoon until brown and crumbly.ย 

  2. Drain the fat off the meat, and return to the same pan.

  3. Sprinkle the seasoning on top, and add the water.

  4. Stir to combine, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  5. Once the mixture starts bubbling, reduce heat to low, and cook until the liquid evaporates, about 7 more minutes.

Heat the taco shells

  1. Heat the taco shells in the oven (or toaster oven), according to package instructions, just prior to serving.

Assembling the tacos

  1. Spoon some of the beef mixture into a taco shell.ย 

  2. Add desired toppings. I recommend lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese and salsa. Other optional toppings: sour cream, guacamole, diced avocado, cilantro, queso, onions, peppers, corn.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator. Hard taco shells, and toppings listed in the ingredient section of the recipe card are included in nutrition. Optional toppings are not included.

I love carbs! And all the macros. But I understand some folks have different dietary needs than me. If you need a low carb/ keto option you can use iceberg, butter leaf or green leaf lettuce as a taco shell.

Nutrition Facts

Ground Beef Tacos

Amount Per Serving

Calories 166
Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8g
12%

Saturated Fat 3g
15%

Cholesterol 31mg
10%

Sodium 468mg
20%

Potassium 306mg
9%

Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%

Dietary Fiber 1g
4%

Sugars 2g

Protein 11g
22%

Vitamin A
11.5%

Vitamin C
5%

Calcium
7.7%

Iron
8.5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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