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coked taco meat in a cast iron skillet with a spatula

The Best Homemade Taco Meat

A quick and easy to spice up any meal calling for ground beef.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Jewish, Kosher, Mexican
Keyword: burritos, tacos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 313kcal


  • heavy bottomed pan


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper optional


  • Brown the ground beef for 5-7 minutes in a pan over a medium heat.
  • Drain the fat from the pan.
  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, celery seed, crushed red pepper, cumin, and diced tomatoes.
  • Cook over a medium flame for another 3-4 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.


  • Sprinkle over hummus and eat with pita
  • Hard shell tacos
  • Soft shell burritos
  • Serve over corn chips with salsa and guacamole
  • Stir the meat into a fresh batch of tater tots and top with ketchup or salsa
  • Always serve with authentic Spanish rice
  • Use veggie crumblers instead of ground beef to make the recipe pareve or to add cheese and make it dairy


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4mg