Easy Ground Beef Tacos only take 20 short minutes to whip up. This quick and satisfying recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Ground beef tacos on a tray with veggies and meat on the sides

Taco Tuesday is easily the best night of the week. Whip up a big pan of ground beef, bust out all your favorite toppings and gather your family around the table for a do-it-yourself dinner night.

Ingredients for ground beef tacos

How to Make Ground Beef Tacos

These ground beef tacos come together in a cinch and only require one pan to make. This means minimal mess and clean up and more time to enjoy a meal with your loved ones. Follow the simple steps below and have a taco in your hand in no time:

  • Brown the ground beef and season to taste with taco seasoning.
  • Set ground beef aside and prepare all your toppings.
  • Warm your tortillas on the stovetop or in the microwave. Nestle a hefty scoop of ground beef in the tortilla and add your toppings of choice.
  • Serve right away!

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What Are The Best Toppings For Tacos

Taco night means having it your way. Fill the table with all your favorite veggies, sauces and cheeses — just make sure to not stuff your tacos so much that you can’t fit them in your mouth!

  • Cheese – Shredded Mexican cheese, cheddar cheese, cojita cheese or pepper jack work great for tacos.
  • VeggiesPickled onions, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, cilantro and jalapeno.
  • SauceGuacamole, salsa, sour cream and pico de gallo, and hot sauce.
  • Filling Alternatives – If you don’t eat beef, feel free to substitute with ground turkey or chicken.


What ground beef is best for tacos?

Use a leaner ground beef to prevent your tacos from getting too soggy or greasy. 80/20 or 90/10 are both great options.

Do you drain meat before adding taco seasoning?

Remove as much grease from the pan that your can or simply use a slotted spoon to scoop the beef out. You could also place the beef in a metal colander to allow it to drain.

How to make low-carb taco?

Pick up a head of romaine lettuce from the store and use the large outer leaves as a substitute for tortillas. Not only is this option low-carb, it’s crunchy and refreshing!

What sides go best with tacos?

Eat tacos all on their own or whip up a full Mexican spread with refried beans, Spanish rice and chips and guacamole. Sometimes we even whip up some margarita mocktails for a sweet and icy drink to enjoy with the kids. There’s nothing wrong with a little weekday family fiesta!

Making Ground Beef Tacos In Advance

Ground beef tacos are a great option for a make ahead meal. Whether you’re hosting a slumber party for your kid or having friends over for game day, you can prepare much of the meal in advance and save yourself work the day-of.

  • Chop – Chop all the veggies and topping that you plan to serve with your tacos. Keep them in individual containers that are sealed airtight.
  • Cook – Cook ground beef and place it in an airtight container. It can be easily reheated in the microwave. Bonus: The longer the taco filling marinates in the fridge, the more flavorful it will get!
  • Assemble – Only assemble tacos right before serving. Better yet, have everyone make their own, then sit back and relax.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.