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Beef Tacos

The Easiest Ground Beef Tacos

This is your basic ground beef taco recipe using a homemade taco seasoning mix that I always have on hand and simple toppings for an easy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people


  • large sauce pan


  • olive oil
  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning
  • toppings of your choice example: shredded cheese, lettuce, olives, avocado, sour cream, etc.
  • tortillas

If you don't have homemade taco seasoning on hand, use the following:

  • 2 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large pan on medium high and drizzle a little bit of olive oil in the pan.
  • Add ground beef to the pan and break it up with a spatula or ground meat chopper.
  • Sauté until the meat is brown and there's no more pink. Pour off any fat that is still in the pan. (If you use a 90% lean ground beef, there probably won't be much fat to drain, so maybe just pat with a paper towel.)
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of Taco seasoning per 1 lbs. of ground beef.
  • Add enough water to halfway cover the ground beef in the pan.
  • Simmer on medium-low until the water has cooked out and the meat is saucy, but not runny.
  • Serve on flour tortillas or taco shells with the toppings of your choice.
Keyword ground beef dinner