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Best Beef Tacos

Best Beef Tacos are loaded with the most flavorful taco meat using a simple homemade seasoning!  A favorite ground beef recipe that comes together in 15 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Tacos
Calories 304kcal
Author Nichole


  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Small Yellow or White Onion Minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper Optional
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Salsa
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime About 1 Tablespoon


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot add the beef, onion, and garlic and cook, breaking up the meat as you go for 6-8 minutes until the beef is cooked through.
  • Thoroughly drain the grease from the beef, return the meat to the pan and the pan to the stove.
  • Add the seasonings, salsa, water, and and lime juice, and stir well to coat the beef.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally until the liquid has absorbed, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite tortillas, salsas, and taco toppings! Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


NOTE ON BEEF:  It is best to use 80-90 percent ground beef if you have it! The higher fat content will give you the best flavor.
NOTE ON SERVINGS:  One pound of ground beef makes around 8-10 tacos once you include toppings for each taco.  You can easily double or even triple this recipe for a larger crowd!


Serving: 2Tacos | Calories: 304kcal