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angled overhead shot of a skillet of beef taco meat surrounded by grated cheese, purple cabbage, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.

The Best Beef Taco Meat Recipe

  • Author: Allison
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


The only beef taco meat recipe you’ll ever need! This simple taco meat comes together in about twenty minutes, making it the perfect weeknight SOS protein. Enjoy it in burrito bowls, tacos, burritos, and more!


  • 2 pounds lean or extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 cup salsa


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the beef, onion, and garlic. Cook, mashing and stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned. 
  2. Add the spices and salt and stir to incorporate. 
  3. Stir in the salsa. Turn down heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavours to meld. 
  4. Serve and enjoy! 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

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