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Ground Beef Tacos

Our go-to Beef Taco Recipe with the juiciest ground beef taco meat. Beef tacos are perfect for easy entertaining or busy weeknights and they always get rave reviews!

We love taco parties and usually go between these ground beef tacos or our famous fish tacos. You can prep the taco meat and toppings in advance then everyone builds their own tacos. Talk about stress free entertaining.

beef tacos on a platter with mango salsa topping and lime wedges

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If you are looking to feed a smaller crowd, you can easily cut all of the ingredients in half and the taco meat will cook even faster. You can also make the full batch and freeze leftovers for a future dinner.

Beef tacos with juicy ground beef taco meat in corn tortillas on a blue plate

What Makes These the BEST Beef Tacos?

It is all in the ground beef taco meat and this recipe does not disappoint. These beef tacos are:

  • EASY
  • Only 4 ingredients
  • a 1-Pan recipe
  • 15 minutes cooking time

What Kind of Ground Beef for Tacos?

You want to use ground beef with a fat content between 80-90% – nothing overly lean or fatty. If you do have a fattier beef on hand, no worries, you can spoon out the excess fat from the pan before adding the tomatoes.

Ground beef taco meat ingredients with ground beef, rotel tomatoes and seasonings

How to Make Ground Beef Tacos:

The beef taco meat comes together in 1 pan in about 15 minutes. You end up with tender juicy and perfectly seasoned beef.

1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over med-high heat, add the beef and cook 5 minutes, or until no longer pink, skim off excess fat if desired.

How to make ground beef for tacos in a skillet

2. Add Rotel tomatoes, 1 tsp chili powder and 1 tsp salt. Cook until beef is fully cooked and  and most of the tomato liquid has evaporated (7 to 10 minutes).

Adding rotel tomatoes and seasonings to ground beef taco meat

Taco Toppings for Beef Tacos:

Ground beef tacos are so versatile for any kind of toppings. We love serving these with Mango Salsa (as seen in the photos), but you can make your Taco Tuesdays exciting with these taco toppings:

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Limes cut into wedges
  • Cilantro sprigs
  • Sliced jalapeños (fresh or canned)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced green onion or diced red onion

Taco bar toppings with salsa, lime wedges, sour cream, lettuce and soft corn tortillas

How to Toast Tortillas for Tacos:

Soft Corn tortillas should be toasted just before serving to keep them fresh and warm. Toast only as many as you need. Always use dry skillet (no oil required) and do not overheat or tortillas will become dry.

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan or griddle over medium/high heat.
  2. Place tortillas in a single layer and toast 15-30 seconds on each side just until hot and barely starting to turn golden.
  3. Remove to a plate and wrap loosely with foil to keep warm.

How to toast tortillas on a dry skillet

These beef tacos are so fresh, hearty and satisfying. Try these for your next taco party!

Throw a beef taco PARTY! These juicy beef tacos are loaded and topped with mango salsa. Beef tacos are fun to serve and eat. Fresh, healthy and satisfying! | natashaskitchen.com

More Taco Recipes for Taco Tuesday:

Ground Beef Taco Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Ground Beef Tacos on a Platter

Beef Tacos with the juiciest ground beef taco meat. These are perfect for easy entertaining or busy weeknights and they always get rave reviews! We serve these topped with mango avocado salsa. 

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $18-$22
Keyword: beef taco recipe, beef tacos
Calories: 195 kcal
Servings: 20 small tacos

Ingredients

For the Beef Mixture:

  • 2 lbs ground beef chuck 10% to 20% fat
  • 20 oz Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chilis (Two 10 oz cans with their juice)
  • 1 tsp chili powder plus more for serving
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste

To Serve Beef Tacos:

  • 20 yellow corn tortillas (small)
  • 1/2 iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 2/3 cup sour cream for topping
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • 1/4 bunch Cilantro sprigs to serve

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over med-high heat. Add 2 lbs ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through (5 minutes). Use a spoon to skim off and discard most of the excess fat, leaving about 2-3 Tbsp in the pan.
  2. Add 2 cans of tomatoes, 1 tsp chili powder and 1 tsp salt. Continue to cook until beef is fully cooked and sauce slightly reduced and most of the tomato liquid has evaporated (7 to 10 minutes).
  3. Before serving, on a dry large non-stick pan over medium/high heat, toast both sides of tortillas just until hot and barely starting to turn golden (15-30 seconds per side). Remove to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  4. To serve, place a heaping spoonful of beef over each tortilla, top with lettuce, mango salsa, sprigs of cilantro, sour cream and a sprinkle of chili powder if desired. Squeeze fresh lime juice just before eating.
Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef Taco Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Potassium 263mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 6.1%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easiest Taco Night Ever!

Here’s a secret sneaky tip for instant tacos with no cooking required: Use left-over meat from last night’s dinner. Use leftover meatloaf to make beef tacos or repurpose your Crockpot Pulled Chicken leftovers! Break up the meat and warm until just heated through then add them to your taco bar.

Throw a beef taco PARTY! These juicy beef tacos are loaded and topped with mango salsa. Beef tacos are fun to serve and eat. Fresh, healthy and satisfying! | natashaskitchen.com

Throw a beef taco PARTY! These juicy beef tacos are loaded and topped with mango salsa. Beef tacos are fun to serve and eat. Fresh, healthy and satisfying! | natashaskitchen.com

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Dan
    March 28, 2019

    I am a taco lover and these are simple and really good. Kids ate them up. Simple clean up. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2019

      I’m so happy you all enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Galina
    March 25, 2019

    I made this at my 11 year old son’s prompting and it came out quite delicious! Our family enjoyed it! How do you make them stand up perfectly on the plate? By the way, I used regular tortillas, still tasted good. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 25, 2019

      Hi Galina, without a special taco holder, it’s not easy to make them stand – I’m sure I had something propping up the taco for the photo 🙂 Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    February 24, 2019

    So good and so easy, we love this dinner! Reply

    • Natasha
      February 24, 2019

      Hi Aimee, I’m so glad to hear you love the taco recipe. Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Cheryl S
    February 24, 2019

    The mango salsa is a MUST!! YUM! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 25, 2019

      Sounds like you found a favorite! Thank you for sharing this awesome review with us! Reply

  • Amy Locurto
    February 24, 2019

    Thanks for the easy recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 25, 2019

      You’re so welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed that Reply

  • Toni
    February 24, 2019

    I just love this recipe! My family would be happy if I made it every night. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 25, 2019

      That’s so great Toni! Reply

  • February 24, 2019

    Oh Natasha! As if I didn’t love tacos already!!! That mango salsa… omg. So so good! 🙂 XO Reply

    • Natasha
      February 24, 2019

      Hi Jessica, you have to try that mango salsa – it’s amazing on everything. We are making a double batch just to enjoy with tortilla chips tonight. YUM! Reply

  • Kimberly Nghiem
    October 29, 2018

    Hey Natasha,

    Making these tacos tonight…can’t wait to let you know how it turns out!

    -Kim Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2018

      I can’t wait to hear how you like it Kim! Reply

  • Shana
    October 21, 2016

    This has turned our family forever away from the packet of taco seasonings! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 21, 2016

      Shana, thank you for sharing such a nice review, I’m glad your family loves it 😁. Reply

  • Zoe
    September 5, 2016

    Made these first time for a home party, such a keeper recipe! Made no changes to it, it is impressively! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2016

      I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • September 5, 2016

    Hello Natasha! Your tacos are very delicious. I also did tacos and one thing that made a difference was adding Hoisson sauce to ground beef. I have it on my website Reply

  • Nadia
    August 24, 2016

    Hello Natasha,
    I am planning a small family dinner for my husband’s birthday and want to serve these tacos. Is this something I can do in advance and serve the following day?
    I work on the day of the dinner, but I have free time the day before to prep. What part of this recipe is safe to prepare the day before? And what should be prepared on the day of the dinner?
    I’m excited to try it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 24, 2016

      Hi Nadia, you could pre-cook the beef and then just warm it up on the skillet before serving. Also, it’s ok to pre-slice the lettuce and pre-make the mango salsa and keep everything covered and refrigerated overnight. Keep as much air out of the salsa as possible to prevent the avocado from changing color. I hope you all love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    August 2, 2016

    Yummy!! Thank you for this super easy dinner idea! I love me some mangoes! This was so simple, but so satisfying! Yer website is still my go-to. Everyone around me knows where my recipes come from by now haha. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 2, 2016

      That’s so nice and I’m happy to hear you are enjoying my blog 🙂 Thank you so much for your awesome review! Reply

  • June 22, 2016

    I feel like mango was MADE for combining with savory food… I love mango salsa and mostly put it on fish, but I will have to try it on beef tacos sometime! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 22, 2016

      Oh it’s just as good on beef as it is on fish. I hope you give it a try! I agree it’s made to combine with savory food and it makes everything taste so exotic 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    June 21, 2016

    Hello Natasha,

    Can you please post recipe(s) for Brussels sprouts?

    I enjoy your videos.
    By the way, I made pulled pork and your Creamy Coconut Coleslaw and oh it is yummy!!

    Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 21, 2016

      Mmm you’re making me hungry!! I’ll add Brussels sprouts to my very long list 🙂 Thank you so much for the suggestion! Reply

  • June 20, 2016

    Awesome post. Thanks for sharing this with us. I don’t eat beef so will replace this chicken.
    Thanks once again ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2016

      I hope you love it! I think chicken, turkey or pork would all be good options 🙂 Reply

  • Christin
    June 20, 2016

    This looks amazing!! Definatly going to try this one😊 And I was just wondering what camera you use to take your pictures with because they are so clear and have great lighting. And also, do you edit your pictures? Or leave them as is. Thanks so much for your recipes!! Love them!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2016

      Thank you so much Christin! I take the photos and my husband does that amazing editing :). here is a list of all the photography tools we use. I use my 100mm lens for final photos and 50mm for prep photos Reply

  • June 18, 2016

    Natasha,
    The taco shells are easy to make at home.
    1 cup organic all purpose / white flour
    1/2 cup organic corn meal
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 egg
    Preheat a dry skillet ( seasoned cast iron works perfect)
    Mix the ingredients well
    The batter will be runny
    Drop by large utensil ( soup ladle ) spoonful onto skillet , quickly spreading the batter in a circular motion , working from the inside out.
    Each side only takes about 1 minute of the cooking.
    The shells are not supposed to brown.
    When the shells are removed from the pan , they can be molded into “taco shell shape” by placing half curled , between two objects , such as coffee cups. You can also lay them over your oven racks and bake till crisp.
    I like to serve them each guest directly from the pan without molding them, because I find they don’t crack while still hot and pliable .
    Fill with all the taco stuffings and enjoy.
    Usually fill taco shells & add cheese and place in oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese
    The recipe looks great can’t wait to try the mango salsa as my girls love mango as well as tacos
    Thanks for the recipe Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2016

      Oh wow! Homemade sound wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Nina
    June 17, 2016

    Yummm ☺can’t wait to make it this weekend! Please make more Mexican recipes, thanks Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 17, 2016

      I have another great one coming soon 🙂 Thanks Nina! Reply

  • EmilyMBerry
    June 16, 2016

    How do you make those perfect sour cream drizzles? When i use a spoon I end up with (tasty) blobs of sour cream on whatever i’m trying to eat. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 16, 2016

      Oh it’s so easy! Put it in a ziploc bag, trim off the corner and you end up with a perfect drizzle! 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina
    June 16, 2016

    You can add McCormick Taco Seasoning and it gives the same flavor of ground beef as in TacoBell. Works great 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 16, 2016

      Cool tip! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂 Reply

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