Ground Beef Tacos

This type of taco is an American Tex-Mex tradition. We've taken our love for our southern neighbor and turned it into a favorite for cheap eats across the United States. Our version has a flavorful ground beef that uses a homemade blend of spices to season the tacos. Don't worry, you can still use a seasoning sachet if needed. We raise ours with onion and cook our spices with the beef to maximize flavor. We finish it off by using the sauce to help create additional layers of flavor.

Want the flavors of ground beef tacos without the taco? Try our tasty taco casserole or our ultimate nacho recipe.

Because you will love this recipe

  • It uses a homemade spice mix, but still works with a taco seasoning packet.
  • We add the sauce to the ground beef filling to create even more flavor.
  • Ready in under 30 minutes and one of the most convenient types of tacos.

This recipe is simple and starts with ground beef. There are many options out there for fat ratios, but we find the sweet spot in one of the most convenient options: the standard 80/20 blend, also known as ground chuck. You can always use leaner options, but they will result in a slightly drier ground beef filling. The sauce in this recipe can help add extra moisture to offset this problem.

Notes on ingredients

  • Ground beef: Using 80/20 or leaner ground beef will give you the best results.
  • Onion: yellow or white onions work best for cooking. If you prefer you can also skip the onion.
  • Spices: our homemade blend equals 1 package of taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons from a jar of taco seasoning.
  • Sauce: use a homemade or store-bought restaurant-style sauce.
  • Tortillas: can use 8-inch flour or corn tortillas based on personal preference.

Instructions for storage and heating

Save any leftover ground meat fill separately from all other ingredients in an airtight container in the refrigerator. THE The USDA recommends it that the cooked meat is consumed within 3 or 4 days.

To freeze, ground beef should be fully cooked. Store in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag for up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight when ready to eat.

Heat up in a skillet on the stove over medium heat or in the microwave on high in 30 second increments.

Tips from Chef Cayt

  • That fat content of your ground beef contains flavor.
  • Adding the seasonings as the ground beef cooks releases the oils in the spices and this is where you get the most flavor. Seasoning it at the end doesn't allow for the same development of layers of flavors.

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