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ground beef taco recipe (the best ground beef tacos loaded with toppings on a white plate)

Ground Beef Tacos

These ground beef tacos are flavorful, quick and easy to make, and they're sure to be a hit with the whole family! Great for busy weeknight dinners. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Keyword ground beef taco recipe, ground beef tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 168kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • For serving: tortillas, and your favorite toppings (see blog post for suggestions) to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (to warm tortillas), stack tortillas and wrap them in foil and place in oven. Or use a tortilla warmer or warm the tortillas over a gas stove burner if you have one. You can prep the toppings beforehand or while the meat is cooking.
  • Add the beef to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once it's started to cook and you've broken it up a bit with your spoon, add in the spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8-10 minutes or until the beef has cooked through.
  • If there's a lot of excess fat released from the beef, spoon it out. Give the beef a taste and adjust ingredients as needed (e.g. add more smoked paprika). Season with salt & pepper to taste (chili power usually contains salt so you may not have to add too much).
  • Serve warm with tortillas and desired toppings.


  • This recipe makes about 2-3 tacos/person if you don't load them up with too much meat, so I recommend doubling it if you've got very hungry people.
  • You can definitely go with a fattier % of ground beef if you want more flavor and don't mind draining some of the excess grease.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Info for this recipe is just for the taco meat as toppings and the size/brand of tortillas vary.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 839IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 3mg