Go Back
+ servings
4.67 from 3 votes
Looking down at taco meat in a stainless steel pan with parsley
Taco Meat
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins

The best taco meat you will ever make! It has the easiest homemade taco seasoning and a secret ingredient to create the most flavorful and creamiest taco meat. It's perfect for hard or soft shell tacos.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: creamy taco meat, taco meat
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 270 kcal
  • 1 lb 80/20 or 88/12 ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Add the ground beef and onion to a skillet over medium heat and cook until ground beef is cooked through. Drain any excess fat and return to skillet.

  2. Add minced garlic, tomato paste, seasonings, and water and stir to combine. Let the mixture simmer until the sauce has thickened, 5-7 minutes.

  3. Serve hot with tortillas or taco shells.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition is an estimate and calculated using 88/12 ground beef with excess fat drained. 

You can use any type of ground meat you would like: ground turkey and ground chicken would be delicious. 

Nutrition Facts
Taco Meat
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 137
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.2g23%
Saturated Fat 4.8g30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 70.9mg24%
Sodium 225.2mg10%
Carbohydrates 9.8g3%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 26.4g53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.