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BEST Taco Meat Recipe

Sharing our favorite taco meat recipe today!  The only taco meat you’ll need for taco night.  So simple to prepare and seasoned just right.  This will quickly become a new favorite weeknight recipe.

taco meat recipe

Taco Meat Recipe

When it comes to tacos, you need a simple taco meat recipe that has just the right seasonings without being too seasoned for all of your toppings.

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taco meat recipe

How To Brown Ground Beef

  1. Browning ground beef is an easy process. Place the ground meat in a skillet (preferably a nonstick skillet) and cook over medium-high heat. The most important part to browning ground beef is using a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula to break up the ground beef into equal-size pieces as it cooks. This ensures that all the ground beef pieces cook evenly.
  2. If your ground meat is very lean, and especially if your skillet isn’t nonstick, you may want to heat a small amount of cooking oil — about 1 to 2 teaspoons — in the skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ground meat. This will help to keep the meat from sticking.
  3. On most stove tops, browning ground beef should take approximately 7 to 10 minutes for 1 pound of meat. It’s important to continue stirring and breaking the pieces into the same size with the wooden spoon or heatproof spatula so the ground beef cooks evenly. It’s easy to tell when your meat is ready — it should all be brown with no apparent pinkish pieces.
  4. When the ground beef is fully browned, the final step is to drain the fat. Remember to be careful because you’re working with hot fat. Carefully tilt the pan so the liquid fat falls to one side. Using a slotted spoon, push the meat to the other side of the pan and scoop it out onto a paper-towel-lined plate. Once the paper towels have absorbed any remaining fat, the beef is ready to be used in your favorite recipes.

Ground Beef Taco Recipe

taco meat recipe

Best Toppings For Tacos

  1. Cheese
  2. Salsa
  3. Lettuce
  4. Sour Cream
  5. Guacamole
  6. Tomatoes
  7. Hot sauce
  8. Cilantro
  9. Green onions
  10. Jalapenos
Best Taco Meat Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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Servings: 12
Calories: 136 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry's garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup prepared salsa verde
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce such as Cholula
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat.  Saute onion and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add ground beef, salt, pepper and garlic salt.  Cook and crumble until browned.  Drain fat if needed.  Stir in salsa, cumin, hot sauce and lime juice.  Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Best Taco Meat Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 356mg15%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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