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4.89 from 35 votes

Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

Classic, delicious, and a million times better than fast-food tacos, these homemade Ground Beef Tacos are filled with perfectly seasoned ground beef, fresh lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes all stuffed inside crunchy taco shells. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 316kcal


For the Ground Beef


  • 8-12 crunchy taco shells
  • monterey or colby jack cheese - shredded
  • fresh tomatoes - diced
  • Romaine or Iceberg lettuce - shredded
  • sour cream


For the Ground Beef

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Reduce heat to medium if needed, and stir often to prevent the onions from burning.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet and use a large wooden spoon or spatula to break the beef into smaller and smaller bits and pieces. Fully cook your ground beef before draining approximately 3/4 of the liquid and fat from the skillet.
  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the seasoning and spices and tomato sauce to the beef and mix well to combine. Continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often.


  • Gently spoon the prepared ground beef into individual crunchy taco shells and top with all your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream. Enjoy!


  • I highly recommend preparing a large batch of Homemade Taco Seasoning as it is super versatile and delicious in all your dinnertime favorites like Taco Salad, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Enchiladas, or easy Baked Fajitas.
  • Feel free to use your favorite ground meat for these tacos including pork, lamb, venison, chicken, or a mix!
  • Taco meat is super delicious leftover! So make extra and enjoy for lunch or dinner the next day...or even the day after that!
  • Nutrition information does not include cheese, sour cream, lettuce, or fresh tomatoes.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4.2mg
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