5 Ingredient Salsa Verde Beef Tacos

These 5 Ingredient Salsa Verde Beef Tacos are easy to make and extremely delicious. They’re perfectly spicy and full of flavor!

Beef Taco recipe

Best Beef Tacos Recipe

Taco night happens on a very regular basis in our home.  I am telling you, your family will go nuts for this ultra simple beef taco recipe. It’s full of so much flavor, tastes a lot like restaurant style tacos. No joke.

Let me tell you what we do…I’ve shared the stovetop version of this recipe which is amazing on its’ own. Be sure to also try this in the slow cooker. Once you cook it as directed below, transfer it to a crock pot and let it cook on low for 3-6 hours. Sooooo good.  Enjoy friends!

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Beef Taco recipe

How to Make Ground Beef Tacos

Finely chop a large onion and saute in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.

Beef Taco recipe

Add some garlic, cook and stir for 5 minutes or so until softened.

Beef Taco recipe

Add 1 pound of lean ground beef.

Beef Taco recipe

Season with kosher salt.

Beef Taco recipe

Freshly ground black pepper.

Beef Taco recipe

Cook and stir until browned.

Beef Taco recipe

Here’s the secret ingredient. Salsa Verde. I prefer the Herdez brand, but use whatever you can find in your grocery store.

Beef Taco recipe

Pour your salsa into your cooked beef and add some ground cumin too.

Beef Taco recipe

Give this baby a good stir and reduce heat to low until you are ready to serve. Transfer to a crock pot if desired or serve right away. Both are great options.

Beef Taco recipe

We LOVE the soft tortillas you can get at most grocery stores, Trader Joe’s and other health food type grocery stores. Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and a drizzle of equal parts ranch dressing and salsa verde. Perfection! Enjoy!

Beef Taco recipe

5 Ingredient Salsa Verde Beef Tacos

These 5 Ingredient Salsa Verde Beef Tacos are easy to make and extremely delicious. They're perfectly spicy and full of flavor!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • Stove or Slow Cooker


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa verde
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic


  • Place olive oil into medium skillet or pot over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef, salt and pepper, stirring until browned. Add salsa verde and cumin, stirring until combined. Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.
  • You can place the beef mixture into a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-6 hours if desired.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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65 Responses
    1. Amanda

      I was wondering the same. I looked over comments though and one lady said she used two cloves. Sounds about right to me.

      1. Jenny

        Jill & Amanda, sorry about missing that. 🙂 2 tablespoons of garlic is what I used. You can also use 2 cloves as that worked for Lynne.

  1. Samantha

    How much garlic? Recipe doesn’t say.

    I couldn’t find thick soft tortillas at Trader Joe’s. I’ll have to check Sprouts.

    Just found you recently. Glad to know I’m not the only one that likes tacos weekly..

  2. Lynne

    Jenny, I made these and they were delicious! I used 2 small garlic cloves – you didn’t mention how much garlic to use, so I guessed. Everyone loved it!

  3. Laura

    Love the simplicity of these tacos! So tasty 🙂 Might even make a good tostada similar to this 🙂

  4. Mindi

    I love this Herdez salsa – we use it on everything! I have a similar slow cooker recipe that uses chicken and I wouldn’t have thought to try beef instead. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. stephanie

    I made these last night! Very easy to make, I added a jalapeno while I was cooking the onion and garlic (I LOVE spicy food!!) I was a little nervous that they were going to be bland, without having a taco seasoning packet added, but they weren’t!! They were very light and sooo good! My hubby said he likes these better than when we do use the packet (which is just pure salt!!!) I will def. be making these again!!

  6. Madison

    Looks so good! My beef tacos never taste as good as I want them to. Now with this post: they will rock. Thank you!

  7. Jamie G

    Salsa verde is one of my favorites! I am going to keep my eyes open at TJ’s the next time for those tortillas.

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Love how easy these are. Tacos are always a hit at my house, and I love salsa verde!

  9. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Salsa verde is a favorite of mine, I slather tacos with it all the time. I just made a chili with it last week too, oh my it was good.

    Ok, so I have got to make these beef tacos! YUM!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two

    i love that these are only FIVE ingredients!! how easy is that? perfect for busy lives!

  11. carol

    what kind of tortillas do you use? they always look so thick and hearty compared to what I can find in my grocery store!

    1. Jenny

      I found these at Sprouts, a small healthier style grocery store. Trader Joe’s has a great version too!

  12. bridget {bake at 350}

    I just love how you have these tied up with the string! So cute! Will be making these soon!

  13. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    These look simply delicious!!! I love your pictures – looks like I could just grab one and be a happy taco-eatin’ girl!!!

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