Taking just a little extra time to make this flavorful ground beef makes all the difference in your homemade tacos!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix minced onion, salt, chili powder, cornstarch, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, dried minced garlic, and oregano in a bowl.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble ground beef into the hot skillet. Cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.

  • Return ground beef to heat. Pour seasoning mixture and water over the beef; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the moisture absorbs into the meat, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

107 calories; protein 9.7g; carbohydrates 0.8g; fat 7g; cholesterol 35.5mg; sodium 327.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2012
This was awesome!! I've been using the store bought seasoning for as long I've been cooking and I won't be buying that anymore. I didn't change a thing except using garlic powder as I didn't have dried "minced" on hand. It was the perfect mix of flavors. Not too spicy, even with the cayenne. Thank you!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2012
I made this using ground turkey and I went lighter on the salt. This was okay, not our favorite taco-seasoned meat but passable for nacho meat. After tasting it, I did add more spices. Read More
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232 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 178
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2012
This was awesome!! I've been using the store bought seasoning for as long I've been cooking and I won't be buying that anymore. I didn't change a thing except using garlic powder as I didn't have dried "minced" on hand. It was the perfect mix of flavors. Not too spicy, even with the cayenne. Thank you!! Read More
(114)
Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2012
I made this using ground turkey and I went lighter on the salt. This was okay, not our favorite taco-seasoned meat but passable for nacho meat. After tasting it, I did add more spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2013
This was very good and nice to have this recipe on hand when I realized I didnt have a taco seasoning packet. For the "one star" review about the waaaaayyy too much salt. Dont use as much. Pretty simple. Problem solved. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2014
This tasted better than the taco package mix I usually use. I was skeptical wether my seven year old grandson would like this because of the red and cayenne peppers but he loved it. He liked that it was a bit spicy and so did I. I will definitely be making this again. Just an added comment: after the water evaporated I added some taco sauce and let it simmer down. It was even better than before. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2014
This was a great starting point for me when my son said, "mom, I want tacos." I chopped up shallots and garlic and cooked in a little homemade chicken stock. I added the beef and when browned I added the seasonings listed in the recipe (excluding salt, onion and garlic). Then to amp it up a bit I added fire roasted tomatoes and red kidney beans until the ratio looked good. I used chicken stock instead of water. When it cooked down I added fresh cilantro. I know in the end I changed the recipe a lot, but it was a much better base than the mixes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2013
This made great beef tostadas and burritos. As written this would have been too spicy for some of my diners so I cut the crushed red pepper and the cayenne pepper in half skipped the salt instead using a cube of chicken boullion in with double the water and subbed onion powder for the minced dried. I will use this easy recipe again. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2013
Our family is kind of taco snobs and really detest packet seasonings. Everyone raved about this one! Very very good a keeper my hubby said. May want to reduce the peppers if cooking for kids but perfect medium spice for an adult. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2013
This was really yummy! I didn't have any corn starch or cayenne pepper and it still turned out good. Tasted much better than pre-packaged seasoning. My husband and 2yr. old ate it all up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2013
I normally do not like tacos. The seasoning is always old tasting. This was awesome with the fresh spices. The cayenne pepper gave it a little tiny kick it was perfect. My husband and his best friend ate ever last bite! Read More
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