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How to Cook Ground Beef for Tacos

Wonderful, amazing and easy ground beef for tacos!! Your family will be begging for more with this easy recipe for How to make ground beef for tacos.  Its a family favorite and I’ll show you how to make it!

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS 

  • Easy
  • Only a few ingredients 
  • Ready in 30 minutes 

HERE’S HOW To Cook Ground Beef For Tacos

STEP 1:

Open up your ground beef and put it in your hot frying pan.  Using a wooden spoon, spatula, or tongs, start to break up the hunk of ground beef.  

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STEP 2. 

Continue to break up the beef until it is at your desired consistency.  Some people prefer small chunks of meat while others prefer larger chunks.  It’s up to you!

Wooden spoon chopping ground beef in a black iron skillet with red towel

STEP 3. 

Once your beef is cooked all the way through, meaning no more pink color is showing then you can drain any excess fat and add your taco seasonings. 

Browned ground beef in pan with gingham napkin

POINTS TO REMEMBER: 

  • Stop cooking as soon as the meat is not showing any more pink color
  • Break your beef up into the size you and your family prefer! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) About How To Cook Ground Beef For Tacos

How Do You Crumble Ground Beef?

So glad you asked! Here’s a WHOLE article about that very thing: How To Break Up Ground Beef.

I like to use a wooden spoon and break up the meat while it is cooking.  I do this by mashing and mixing up any larger chunks of meat until the meat is uniform and the size that I am after. 

You can also use a tool called a potato masher to make this process go faster. 

Do You Add Taco Seasoning Before Or After Cooking?

After, you add the taco seasonings of your choice once there is no more pink color showing.  You should follow the instructions on the seasoning packet.  

Do You Drain Ground Beef For Tacos?

If you have a large amount of excess fat you can drain off the fat.  Leave just a little bit so that the meat doesn’t dry out.  It also adds extra beefy flavor. 

How Lean Should Ground Beef Be For Tacos?

Your ground beef should have an 80/20 ratio.  This means 80 percent lean, and 20 percent fat. 

This will help eliminate the need to drain excess fat because this ratio is usually the right amount for flavor vs meat. 

ground beef in green bowl with green napkin

Tips and Tricks 

  • Don’t over cook your beef! Stop cooking as soon as the pink color is gone
  • Drain the fat if you need to but leave a little for extra flavor
  • Add your seasonings last!
  • Use two packets of seasonings for an extra flavor
  • HEre’s some homemade taco seasoning, if you need it. 

PRO TIP: If you have a potato masher use it when you are trying to break up the ground beef.  This will make it go a lot faster and help make sure the crumbles are even and cook evenly! 

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How to cook ground beef for tacos

Wonderful, amazing and easy ground beef for tacos!! You family will be begging for more with this easy recipe for How to make ground beef for tacos.  Its a family favorite and I’ll show you how to make it!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook ground beef for tacos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Sarah Blackwell

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning

Instructions

  • STEP 1. Open up your ground beef and put it in your hot frying pan.  Using a wooden spoon, spatula, or tongs, start to break up the hunk of ground beef.
  • STEP 2. Continue to break up the beef until it is at your desired consistency.  Some people prefer small chunks of meat while others prefer larger chunks.  It's up to you!
  • STEP 3. Once your beef is cooked all the way through, meaning no more pink color is showing then you can drain any excess fat and add your taco seasonings.

Notes

 
  • Don’t over cook your beef! Stop cooking as soon as the pink color is gone
  • Drain the fat if you need to but leave a little for extra flavor
  • Add your seasonings last!
  • Use two packets of seasoning for extra flavor
PRO TIP: If you have a potato masher use it when you are trying to break up the ground beef.  This will make it go a lot faster and help make sure the crumbles are even and cook evenly! 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to cook ground beef for tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 23IU0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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