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Homemade Tacos with Ground Beef

Easy homemade tacos with ground beef are one of my go-ways to feed a crowd! And while I strive to share authentic recipes, this meal strays from traditional Mexican cuisine to bring you the American taco nights of my childhood. For more easy dinner ideas, try one of these ground beef recipes!

Homemade tacos with ground beef on a plate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipes

Growing up, my family rotated a handful of throw-together recipes to keep grocery shopping affordable. One dish I always looked forward to was ground beef tacos. They are easy to make, delicious, and come together quickly. 

I must have passed down my love for this meal to my son because he was excited to share the recipe with others, saying, “Everyone should know how to make these so they can feed it to their kids.” You got it, kid! There is something special about childhood meals – even if they’re simple. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Corn Tortillas: Warm corn tortillas are the best way to serve homemade tacos. Be sure to read my article on how to heat corn tortillas.
  • Oil: Sauté the onions in oil before browning the ground beef.
  • Onion: The onions simmer with the ground beef mixture and taco seasoning for the best flavor. Use yellow or white onions for this recipe.
  • Ground Beef: I use lean ground beef to make the tacos, but you can replace it with ground chicken, turkey, or Beyond Meat for a vegetarian option. 
  • Garlic: I suggest using two garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Cilantro: Freshly chopped cilantro brightens the meal, but leave them out if they are not your thing.
  • Taco Seasoning: My mom’s tried and true taco seasoning growing up was Ortega’s Taco Seasoning. If you’re concerned about excess salt, try this low-sodium taco seasoning.
  • Toppings: Maybe it’s just me, but taco nights are all about the toppings. Prepare a taco bar spread with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, lime wedges, chopped cilantro, guacamole, and Tapatio. You can also include black olives, sliced jalapeños, diced onions, salsa verdechunky salsa, or pico de gallo.

How to Make Homemade Tacos with Ground Beef

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Warm corn tortillas on the stovetop or in the oven and set them aside in a cloth or tortilla keeper so they retain their heat.

A corn tortilla searing in a pan.

Step 2: Warm the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they soften, for about 10 minutes.

Onions sautéing in a pan.

Step 3: Add the ground beef to the pan with the onions and break it up using a meat chopper. Cook until brown and heated through for 10 minutes.

Ground beef browning in a pan.

Step 4: Stir in the diced tomato, garlic, and chopped cilantro.

Cilantro and tomatoes cooking with ground beef in a pan.

Step 5: Season with the taco seasoning, and mix to combine. Cover and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

Ground beef and spices cooking in a pan.

Step 6: Spoon the ground beef into corn tortillas and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Homemade tacos with ground beef on a plate.
A bowl of taco ground beef.

Expert Tips

  • If using ground beef with a higher fat content, you can drain the excess grease after the meat cooks or continue to cook the ground beef until the beef absorbs the liquid.

Serving Suggestions

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store the leftover ground beef and toppings in separate airtight containers for 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: Let the beef cool, and transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag. To prevent freezer burn, you can layer plastic wrap over the container before securing the lid. Homemade tacos freeze for 2-3 months.
  • Thaw: Defrost the ground beef mixture in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheat: Warm the leftover meat on the stovetop and prepare your sides.  
  • Repurpose: If you don’t feel like making tacos for the second night, you can make taco soup, enchiladas, nachos, sliders, quesadillas, breakfast burritos, and Mexican pizza with ground beef. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of ground beef is best for tacos?

I prefer lean ground beef for homemade tacos. You can use ground beef with more fat, but you will need to continue cooking the ground beef over medium-high heat until the meat reabsorbs the fat or drain the grease before adding the taco seasoning. 

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Homemade tacos with ground beef on a plate.

Homemade Tacos with Ground Beef

Tressa Jamil
Get taco night started! Prepare easy homemade tacos with ground beef for your next weeknight meal, complete with all your favorite toppings.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 321 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • pounds ground beef, 80/20
  • 1 Roma tomato, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons taco seasoning
Instructions
 
  • Warm corn tortillas on the stovetop or in the oven and set them aside in a cloth or tortilla keeper so they retain their heat.
  • Warm the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they soften, for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan with the onions and break it up using a meat chopper. Cook until brown and heated through for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced tomato, garlic, and chopped cilantro. Season with the taco seasoning, and mix to combine. Cover and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Spoon the ground beef into corn tortillas and garnish with your favorite toppings.
Notes
Serving Size: 2 Tacos
Expert Tips: 
  • If using ground beef with a higher fat content, you can drain the excess grease after the meat cooks or continue to cook the ground beef until the beef absorbs the liquid.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 321 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Protein: 20 g | Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 81 mg | Sodium: 145 mg | Potassium: 368 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 255 IU | Vitamin C: 4 mg | Calcium: 28 mg | Iron: 2 mg
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Recipe Rating




Lynn

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

These were perfect for the whole family.

Tressa Jamil

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Our kids beg for these tacos; I'm happy you enjoyed them.