Ground beef is one of the most versatile proteins, and this taco meat recipe is the easiest way to turn your ground beef into a juicy, flavorful meat that you can use in many different ways. Using our homemade taco seasoning, you can enjoy the tastiest ground beef tacos or a healthy taco bowl!

The taco meat in a pan with a spoon.

Ground beef is a wonderful protein that makes a variety of dishes. It can make the juiciest beef kabobs or the easiest meatballs

This beef taco meat recipe is a simple way to elevate ground beef. Seasoned with homemade taco seasoning, this ground beef is juicy and so flavorful. This recipe is excellent for meal prep or an easy weeknight dinner! 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easiest meat recipe. This recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make. 
  • Versatile. This taco meat can make homemade tacos, simple and easy taco bowls, and even a dorito taco salad!
  • Meal prep. This taco meat is great for meal prep for easy school lunches!

Ingredients for Taco Meat

  • Ground beef – 85/15 is perfect for juicy taco meat.
  • Chicken broth – adds moisture and depth of flavor to the meat.
  • Ketchup – brings a slight acidity and tomato taste. 
  • Taco seasoning – our homemade taco blend contains salt, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, and other essential seasonings. 

See the recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and quantities.

A spoon scooping taco meat.

How to Make Taco Meat

The easiest step-by-step instructions: 

  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the meat is brown. Drain any excess grease using a paper towel. 
  2. To the pan, add broth, ketchup, and taco seasoning to the meat. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

Recipe FAQs

Can I use store-bought taco seasoning?

Use store-bought taco seasoning packets in place of homemade taco seasoning!

Can I use 90/10 lean ground beef?

You can use lean ground beef to make this healthier; just don’t drain the meat. 

Can I ground my meat?

Grinding your meat is the extra step to making this taco meat exceptional. We just added a grinder attachment to our kitchen aid mixer; it works wonderful! 

Can I make this recipe without ketchup? 

You can take out the ketchup and use tomato sauce instead. 

Can I use different meat to make ground taco meat? 

You can use ground chicken or ground turkey for lower-calorie taco meat.

A pot of ground beef taco meat with a black spoon.

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. Store the leftover taco meat in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat. Warm ground beef in a pan over low-medium heat until warmed through. 
  • Freeze. Store the ground beef for up to 3 months by freezing it! Add the beef to a freezer-safe container and store it. Reheat: Thaw in the fridge overnight and warm on the stovetop over low-medium heat.

More Ground Beef Recipes

If you enjoyed this ground beef recipe, be sure to try our other popular recipes featuring ground beef:

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Taco Meat Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 5 votes
This taco meat recipe makes the most flavorful ground beef. Use this beef in tacos, bowls, and salads; the options are endless! This recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes, and you’ll have the perfect taco meat every time.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb  85/15 ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp chicken broth or water
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning


  • Cook the ground beef over medium-high until it browns. Drain any excess fat using a paper towel.
  • Add the broth, ketchup, and taco seasoning to the meat. Bring to a simmer, cook about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


    • Store: Store leftover taco meat in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
    • Reheat: Reheat leftover taco meat over low-medium heat until warm. 
    • Freeze: Place cooled taco meat in a freezer-safe container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 


196kcal Calories1g Carbs13g Protein15g Fat6g Saturated Fat54mg Cholesterol160mg Sodium204mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar99IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C14mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Taco Meat Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 160mg7%
Potassium 204mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 99IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)