by Dina Polyashov

Ground Beef Tacos

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These Ground Beef Tacos are made with perfectly seasoned meat in a crunchy corn shell and topped with all the fixings. This taco beef recipe is great for a simple and delicious dinner any day of the week.

For more tasty tacos, check out these scrumptious and healthy ground turkey tacos and chicken tacos. And this one pan ground chicken taco recipe is super popular among busy readers as well.

Ground Beef Tacos lined up with toppings

20 Minute Homemade Hamburger Tacos

Hi, I am Dina and I run the blog SimplyHomeCooked.com. Probably just like you, I absolutely love tacos because they’re simple, versatile, and delicious. Whether it’s easy shrimp tacos or fried fish tacos, we love them all! And I am sure these ground beef tacos are next in the lineup. Homemade tacos seasoned with an easy mixture of spices that bring lots of flavor and a touch of heat. The hardest part of this ground beef taco recipe is just chopping up the toppings!

When I feel like something easier, I go with these skillet enchiladas or taco skillet. But when I want some crunchy corn tortillas filled with seasoned meat and my favorite fixings, like crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, melting cheese, and sour cream, then this hamburger taco recipe is my go-to.

You’re going to love the mix of flavors and spices these tacos have. And when you run out of taco shells, don’t worry, this taco salad has you covered. Either way, your family is going to love Taco Tuesdays.

Ingredients for This Ground Beef Taco Recipe

Beef taco ingredients couldn’t have been more simple and are as easy as ingredients for Instant Pot taco soup.

  • Beef: Use ground beef (90 % lean).
  • Flavor additions: Use fresh garlic and minced onion to add more flavor to the beef.
  • Taco seasoning: Chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne.
  • Taco shells: I use crunchy corn tacos, but you can use soft flour tortillas or healthier corn tortillas as well.
  • Toppings: Sour cream (yogurt), lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar, cilantro, lime juice.
Ingredients for Ground Beef Tacos, including beef, cheese, taco shells, seasonings, sour cream, onion, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, lime, and oil.

How to Make Beef Tacos

  • Saute the onions first: Add the olive oil to a large skillet and bring the heat to medium. Then add in the diced onion and stir until it becomes translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the beef and garlic: Now bring the heat up to medium-high and add in the ground beef and minced garlic.
  • Add the seasonings: Stir the beef until it’s mostly done. Then add in the spices: chili powder, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
  • Finish cooking the beef: Let the ground beef finish cooking with its seasonings, about 2-3 minutes. Taste and add more salt, if you prefer.
  • Assemble the tacos: Fill your tacos with the cooked taco beef and top with shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice, or any other favorites. Serve and enjoy!
Close up of a row of Ground Beef Tacos

Tips and Serving Suggestions for Ground Beef Tacos

  • Use ground chicken or turkey for a healthier alternative. Either works well in place of the beef.
  • You can buy taco seasoning in the store, but homemade is always better – make your own or try this homemade taco seasoning. It will be low sodium and preservative free.
  • Serve these ground beef tacos in soft flour or corn tortillas for a change of pace.
  • Go low carb by serving these ground beef tacos on a bed of lettuce instead of the shell.

Try some of these amazing toppings to level up your flavors on Taco Tuesdays:

How to Make Ahead and Store Leftovers

If you’re preparing to serve these later, just place the seasoned ground beef in a slow cooker on low to keep it warm for when you’re ready to eat. The taco shells can be warmed for a few minutes in the oven before filling them, then add the toppings stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

If you’re meal prepping this for another day, then chop the garlic and onion and place them in lidded containers. You can also combine the seasonings in a small jar and then just cook up the meat and serve these beef tacos even on busy weeknights.

You can refrigerate leftovers for 3-4 days, placing the cooked beef in an airtight container and storing the toppings separately. To reheat, place the meat in a skillet for a few minutes over medium heat, just enough to warm through. Then assemble your tacos and enjoy!

More Mexican Recipes

Still have a taste for beef, but not feeling like Mexican? How about this savory and healthy beef and broccoli!

Overhead of Ground Beef Tacos with toppings and limes nearby
Ground Beef Tacos

20 Minute Ground Beef Tacos

These Ground Beef Tacos are made with perfectly seasoned meat in a crunchy corn shell and topped with all the fixings. This taco beef recipe is great for a simple and delicious dinner any day of the week.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

For the Beef

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 90% lean
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Toppings

  • Tomato diced
  • Iceberg lettuce shredded
  • Medium cheddar cheese shredded
  • Sour cream or yogurt
  • Cilantro
  • Crunchy corn taco shells or soft flour or corn tortillas
  • Limes (for garnish, optional)

Instructions

  • Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet and bring the heat to medium. Then add in the diced onion and stir until it becomes translucent. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
    Ground Beef Tacos
  • Then bring the heat to medium-high and add in the ground beef and minced garlic.
    Ground Beef Tacos
  • Stir the beef until it’s about 90 percent done. Then add in the following spices: chili powder, cumin, paprika, dried oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
    Ground Beef Tacos
  • Let the ground beef finish off cooking in the spices for an additional 2-3 minutes. Then taste and add more salt if necessary. The saltiness is all personal preference.
  • Now fill your tacos with the cooked taco beef and add toppings like shredded iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve these tacos immediately for the best flavor.
    Ground Beef Tacos

Make ahead: Place the seasoned ground beef in a slow cooker on low to keep it warm for when you're ready to eat. The taco shells can be warmed for a few minutes in the oven before filling them, then add the toppings stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

    Store: You can refrigerate leftovers for 3-4 days, placing the cooked beef in an airtight container and storing the toppings separately.

      Reheat: Place the meat in a skillet for a few minutes over medium heat, just enough to warm through. Then assemble your tacos and enjoy!

        Notes

        • Use ground chicken or turkey for a healthier alternative. Either works well in place of the beef.
        • You can buy taco seasoning in the store, but homemade is always better – make your own or try this homemade taco seasoning. It will be low sodium and preservative free.
        • Serve these ground beef tacos in soft flour or corn tortillas for a change of pace.
        • Go low carb by serving these ground beef tacos on a bed of lettuce instead of the shell.

        Nutrition

        Serving: 1taco | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 3mg
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        About Dina Polyashov

        Dina is a self-taught cook and photographer based in Washington. She spends most of her time keeping up with her three little girls along with developing wholesome and easy recipes for her food blog Simply Home Cooked.

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