Tasty Taco Meat

Published on July 14, 2022 | Updated on July 17, 2024 | by Allen Bixby

There are a lot of choices for what to fill a taco with. We want to spend some time on the classic ground beef taco meat.

Taco Tuesday was the busiest day at our restaurant, starting well before we took it over, and we kept it that way. Everybody loved it, and Lowry’s was the flavoring we used then. But at our scale of use it was overpriced, and frankly we thought we could do better. We did.

In side-by-side tests…no surprise free tacos to taste test were very popular, almost everyone preferred our own blend, so we made it the house recipe. The results are not limited to tacos either. On top of nachos, or cooked in quesadillas, enchilada or burritos, the flavors still work great.

Seasonings in bowl

Taco Meat

Allen Bixby
This recipe yields enough spice for four pounds of ground beef. When using this mix the ratio is three tablespoons per pound of raw meat.
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 900 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons Mild chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Cayenne
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground oregano
  • 4 Tablespoons Masa or all-purpose flour Mixed seasonings in bowl


  • Cook ground beef in a skillet, in our case we used two pounds of meat.
  • When almost fully cooked, drain off the fat and liquid
  • Add the seasoning mix, we used 6 Tablespoons
  • Add and equal amount of water as seasoning, again 6 Tablespoons in our case
  • Simmer until most of the water has cooked away
  • Use to make some great food!


Calories: 900kcal
Keyword ground beef tacos, taco from scratch, taco meat
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About the Author Allen Bixby

A retired restaurateur, not quite ready to stop playing in the kitchen.

I have had the pleasure of watching amazing high end chefs, and classic American style diner cooking, creating a very diverse background with food. Add both parents teaching English, watching Julia Childs and Graham Kerr as a child, and learning to bake bread from my Finnish great grandma, and you get a decent recipe for a knowledgeable voice to write about food.

From recipe design to equipment testing, there is a broad spectrum of entertaining aspects of food and how we do what we do every day to feed our loved ones!

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