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A platter of ground beef tacos

Ground Beef Tacos

  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 13-15 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 tacos depending on how much meat you put in each 1x


Skip the premade taco seasoning with my easy recipe for ground beef tacos – no spice mixes needed to make the easiest taco meat recipe ever. Only a few minutes stand between you and this classic quick dinner staple.



1 pound lean ground beef (if you use anything less than 85% fat beef, you will probably need to drain it or it will be too greasy)

3 Tablespoons chili powder

2 Tablespoons cumin

1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

24 cloves fresh garlic (optional)

juice from 1 lime


Preheat cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Add meat – you can crumble it like my husband does as he adds it OR break it apart in the pan if you don’t like touching the raw meat

Add the spices.

Mix the spices and meat.

Cook over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.


Extra heat is optional and depends on your desired spice level.

You can crisp the beef once you cook the meat totally by heating the burner to a medium high setting. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beef gets a darker color and some of the liquid is cooked down. This only takes about five minutes.

  • Category: meats and main dishes, beef
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican - Southwest

Keywords: ground beef tacos, taco meat, taco recipe, taco seasoning