Quick & Easy Ground Beef Tacos

These easy ground beef tacos take less then 30 minutes to put together. Saucey, flavorful ground beef taco filling is spooned into warm tortillas and topped with your favorite fixings. This simple dinner idea is always a hit.

You might also like these Quesabirria Tacos with Dipping Sauce!

We all need quick recipes to pull out of nowhere when dinnertime sneaks up on us. These easy ground beef tacos are on of my favorite dinner ideas. When it’s been a busy day, or I’m tired, or when I plain forgot to plan dinner (it happens), this meal is one of my go-tos. Everyone likes it and there are no picky eater issues since the toppings are so customizable.

Taco Fixing Ideas

I wont got into too much detail about how to make these tacos. The method is super easy! But, there is a lot to talk about with taco fixings.

Everyone in my family has their own “magic combo” to make their tacos taste exactly the way they want. Some of these combos may seem a bit odd – not unlike our pumpkin pancake toppings – but they are all delicious! Here are some suggestions:

  • Greens: Salad greens, spinach, coleslaw greens or coleslaw with the dressing mixed in. Roughly chopped scallions or broccoli sprouts are another easy idea!
  • Diced veggies: Avocado and tomato are our favorites. I sometimes add strips of red bell pepper (cooked or raw).
  • Diary: Any kind of shredded cheese goes well with these tacos, as does a dollop of sour cream.
  • Sauces & Chili: I love adding Trader Joes “Green Dragon Hot Sauce” or their Yuzu sauce to tacos. Sriracha and Cholula are also fantastic!
  • Salad Dressing: I know, I know… this sounds a little strange. But my kiddo swears by adding ranch dressing to tacos! (Same goes for burritos and pizza.)
  • Mexican rice: We usually make Instant Pot Mexican Rice to go with our tacos. It’s a great side and also delicious inside the tacos.

What are your favorite fixings? I would be curious to hear more ideas!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

If you have extra taco filling let it come to room temperature, then store it in the fridge in an airtight container. It will keep for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the filling for up to 6 months in a freezer safe container. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

When you are ready to use your extras, you can either spoon the amount you want into a small pot and reheat it on the stove over medium-low heat, or you can use the microwave. If using the microwave, be sure to use a microwave safe container and to cover the meat. I usually place a small plate on top of the bowl I’m using to reheat the taco filling. This prevents the meat from splattering on the inside of your microwave.

If you want to mix things up beyond tacos, this ground beef filling is great on tostadas, in quesadillas, in burritos or on top of Navajo fry bread! (Recipe for that last one coming soon!)


Quick & Easy Ground Beef Tacos

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These easy ground beef tacos take less then 30 minutes to put together. Saucey, flavorful ground beef taco filling is spooned into warm tortillas and topped with your favorite fixings. This simple dinner idea is always a hit.

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 tacos
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • For serving: small tortillas, salad greens, coleslaw, diced tomato, diced avocado, cheese, scallion greens, lime wedges.


Cook the Beef

In a skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it apart with your spoon, until it is browned. Make a space in the center of your skillet, then add the garlic, herbs and spices. Stir constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add Tomato Sauce and Broth

Add the tomato sauce and vegetable broth. Stir well to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated and you have a thick, saucey taco mixture.

Warm Tortillas

While the taco meat is finishing up, warm your tortillas. I generally prefer corn tortillas, but small flour tortillas also work well. 

Serve with Your Favorite Fixings

When the meat is done, spoon meat down the center of each tortilla and add your favorite fixings. There are a lot of options here: coleslaw greens, salad greens, cheese, salsa, diced avocado, you name it!

Keywords: tacos mexicanos, ground beef tacos

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