Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos

5 from 23 reviews

These scrumptious ground beef tacos made with homemade taco seasoning are quick and easy for busy family weeknight meals.  


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef or chicken broth (see notes)
  • 8 taco shells (either crunchy or soft)
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, cheddar Jack, Monterey Jack)
  • Pickled Jalapenos


  1. In a large skillet brown the ground beef breaking it up as it cooks. About halfway through the browning process add the onion. Cook until the beef is brown and the onion is soft. Drain any excess grease.
  2. Turn the heat to low. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes, ground cayenne pepper, and beef broth. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Divide beef mixture evenly between the taco shells.  Top with desired toppings.  Serve promptly.


  • You can substitute ground turkey, chicken, or even pork for the ground beef.
  • Carefully blacken the edges of the corn tortillas right over an open flame on a gas stove using tongs.
  • Taco meat can be prepared up to a day in advance and reheated in the microwave. If it get dry simply add a little beef broth or tomato sauce.
  • The shells should not be stuffed until ready to eat as they may become soggy and cold.
  • For a little extra flavor drizzle your tacos with ranch, chipotle ranch, or fire roasted salsa.
  • Store all leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator although tacos are always best eaten as soon as they are prepared.

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