From hearty casseroles to plates of pasta and everything in between – there are a ton of Ground Beef Recipes using Taco Seasoning out there. I have collected some of my family favorites as well as several that I am dying to try.
Taco Tuesdays just got a bit spicier! No more leftover taco meat or taco topping science experiments in the fridge. Simply make a taco casserole or one of the other good food recipes on our list.
When making recipes using taco meat, you have the option of a store-bought packet or creating your own jar of homemade taco seasoning.
The beauty of making your own is that you can decide if you want it saltier or if you want more chili powder. No more relying on someone else to determine the flavors for you!
Can I cook taco meat in a slow cooker?
Oh my. Absolutely! In fact, a long slow simmer will give your ground beef a richer taco flavor than just throwing stuff into a skillet. You can even do this in bulk and then divide it for future taco-flavored recipes – like a delicious taco lasagna.
AND you do not have to pre-brown the meat! If that isn’t a time-saver meal, I don’t know what is!
The idea is to use 1/4 cup of taco seasoning and 12 oz of salsa for each 1 1/4 pounds of lean ground beef. You need to cook it on low for 6 hours or high for three. Then, make sure you are dumping any accumulated grease off before using the meat.
How much taco seasoning do I need for 1 pound of meat?
Obviously, this answer can be subjective. However, if you are buying the little packets, there is approximately 2 tablespoons of seasoning in them.
So, to answer the question, you want to use about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning for each pound of meat in your recipe.
If you make taco meat instead of cooking it within another recipe, you will add the seasoning and 1/2 cup of water to the browned and drained meat.
Bring the water to a boil. Then allow it all to simmer for 5-7 minutes. This gets the seasoning into, instead of just on, the meat!
No matter your preference, these quick recipes that taste like tacos are certainly going to satisfy your Mexican or Tex Mex foodie cravings.
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More Taco Recipes:
We have provided a whole list of recipes using ground beef and taco seasons for you. But, what about tacos that use something different – you could even call them “taco-inspired”.
Meaning, they were inspired by a taco but they aren’t actually? Here are a few of our favorite taco-wannabes!
Y’all. These Chocolate Tacos from Love from the Oven are drool-worthy! I am not even kidding you.
How adorable are these Taco Cupcakes from 3 Boys and a Dog?
It can’t be all desserts all the time (though, I would LOVE that), so try these breakfast tacos from Crystal and Comp for your next brunch.
Make sure to come back to let us know which taco-inspired ground beef recipe you tried first and how much you loved it!