Ground Beef Tacos

Our go-to Beef Taco Recipe with the juiciest ground beef taco meat. Beef tacos are perfect for easy entertaining or busy weeknights and they always get rave reviews!

We love taco parties and usually go between these ground beef tacos or our famous fish tacos. You can prep the taco meat and toppings in advance then everyone builds their own tacos. Talk about stress free entertaining.

beef tacos on a platter with mango salsa topping and lime wedges

If you are looking to feed a smaller crowd, you can easily cut all of the ingredients in half and the taco meat will cook even faster. You can also make the full batch and freeze leftovers for a future dinner. If you want to really take these to the next level, make sure you try our easy Homemade Hard Taco Shells.

Beef tacos with juicy ground beef taco meat in corn tortillas on a blue plate

What Makes These the BEST Beef Tacos?

It is all in the ground beef taco meat and this recipe does not disappoint. These beef tacos are:

  • EASY
  • Only 4 ingredients
  • a 1-Pan recipe
  • 15 minutes cooking time

What Kind of Ground Beef for Tacos?

You want to use ground beef with a fat content between 80-90% – nothing overly lean or fatty. If you do have a fattier beef on hand, no worries, you can spoon out the excess fat from the pan before adding the tomatoes.

Ground beef taco meat ingredients with ground beef, rotel tomatoes and seasonings


How to Make Ground Beef Tacos:

The beef taco meat comes together in 1 pan in about 15 minutes. You end up with tender juicy and perfectly seasoned beef.

1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over med-high heat, add the beef and cook 5 minutes, or until no longer pink, skim off excess fat if desired.

How to make ground beef for tacos in a skillet


2. Add Rotel tomatoes, 1 tsp chili powder and 1 tsp salt. Cook until beef is fully cooked and  and most of the tomato liquid has evaporated (7 to 10 minutes).

Adding rotel tomatoes and seasonings to ground beef taco meat

Taco Toppings for Beef Tacos:

Ground beef tacos are so versatile for any kind of toppings. We love serving these with Mango Salsa (as seen in the photos), but you can make your Taco Tuesdays exciting with these taco toppings:

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Limes cut into wedges
  • Cilantro sprigs
  • Sliced jalapeños (fresh or canned)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced green onion or diced red onion
  • Corn Tortillas – or Homemade Hard Taco Shells


Taco bar toppings with salsa, lime wedges, sour cream, lettuce and soft corn tortillas


How to Toast Tortillas for Tacos:

Soft Corn tortillas should be toasted just before serving to keep them fresh and warm. Toast only as many as you need. Always use dry skillet (no oil required) and do not overheat or tortillas will become dry.

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan or griddle over medium/high heat.
  2. Place tortillas in a single layer and toast 15-30 seconds on each side just until hot and barely starting to turn golden.
  3. Remove to a plate and wrap loosely with foil to keep warm.

How to toast tortillas on a dry skillet

These beef tacos are so fresh, hearty and satisfying. Try these for your next taco party!


Throw a beef taco PARTY! These juicy beef tacos are loaded and topped with mango salsa. Beef tacos are fun to serve and eat. Fresh, healthy and satisfying! |

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