Go Back
+ servings
ground beef tacos in a shell

Ground Beef Tacos

Jennie Duncan
These classic Ground Beef Tacos can be made in about 15 minutes and are perfect for any taco night of the week! This Tex-Mex favorite has perfectly seasoned ground beef, in a warm crunchy taco shell, topped with everything you expect on a taco.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 8 servings
Calories 179 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 oz taco seasoning
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 8 taco shells (hard or soft)
  • optional toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, or sour cream


  • Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook and crumble. Drain off fat as needed.
  • Once ground beef is browned add in taco seasoning and salsa. Stir to coat the meat in seasoning.
  • Spoon taco meat into shells and top with your favorite toppings.


I like to use an 80/20 or 90/10 ground beef for this recipe. Keep it lean and keep it clean!
If you meat is too dry, one thing I will do is add 2 tablespoons of water to the meat to help it simmer in the salsa and seasoning.
What are some of the best taco toppings?
Top your tacos, fill your burritos or taco salads with whatever you like. I think some of the best options are cheese, sour cream, Pico de Gallo or homemade salsa, avocado slices or homemade guacamole. 


Serving: 1tacoCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 12gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 524mgPotassium: 279mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 451IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Keyword ground beef tacos
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!