The Best Homemade Ground Beef Tacos 30 Minute Recipe

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Have you been on the hunt for a ground beef tacos recipe? Today I’m sharing one of our ground beef recipes that I’ve been working on perfecting. These beef tacos are super quick and easy to make, which is great for when you’ve been busy but still need to get a meal on the table.

Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

The Best Homemade Ground Beef Tacos restaurant style in 30 minutes! Just perfect for tacos, burritos or taco salads. You'll love this ground beef taco meat recipe. Find it and more at DearCreatives.comLittle do they know this is so easy to make, this is a 30-Minute Meal which is why it ends up on our meal plans a few times a month. Don’t forget to pin this recipe for back to school and work week recipes as it’s a great last-minute dinner solution. I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make tacos from scratch. 

What you’ll need for making this beef taco recipe is extra lean beef. We prefer using less fatty meats. *If you use anything else you will have to drain the grease after browning.

Handy kitchen tools to own for cooking this meal include:

These are the only small kitchen tools needed for the recipe. 

How to make tacos

I prefer chopping my vegetables prior to browning the meat. This is so I can add them right away after browning the ground beef. * 

Finely chop (or use a garlic press) 3-4 garlic cloves. Chop up 1 onion, a poblano pepper (that has been washed and seeded) and red bell pepper (also washed and seeded).

ground beef tacos is an easy 30 minute ground beef recipe. This is a staple for busy nights and tastes just like restaurant tacos. Find the recipe at

Next, brown your ground beef for the tacos in the skillet on medium heat, and continue stirring until fully cooked. Once browned add your vegetable ingredients. Saute the vegetables stirring occasionally.

Homemade ground beef tacos made with this tomato sauce with jalapeno. Ground Beef Recipes- Tacos

Next open a 7.75 ounce can of El Pato Salsa de Jalapeno. This is a tomato sauce with jalapeno. Don’t worry it’s not too spicy. You will also add 1/4 teaspoon cumin, salt, and pepper to taste. 

Stirring in the salsa de jalapeno for the tacos recipe. Ground Beef Recipes - Beef Tacos

If you do like it spicy you can add a little more cumin and a touch of cayenne powder (1/4 tsp.). You can serve this with fried corn tortillas or soft corn tortillas or soft flour tortillas, which can be heated in the microwave. I like using; A lightly sprinkled water paper towel to keep the moisture, and from tortillas drying out. We keep taco night pretty simple.

Tacos from scratch, an easy 30 minute beef tacos recipe.

 For topping our tacos we shred our favorite sharp cheddar cheese and jack cheese. Or you can use Mexican cheese. We also like topping our tacos with shredded iceberg lettuce. For us, no taco is complete without our favorite taco sauce

We serve this taco dinner with avocados and lime, plus a side of Mexican rice

 Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos

30 minute ground beef tacos that taste like restaurant tacos. You'll love this recipe for busy nights.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Theresa Huse


  • Lean Ground Beef 1.25 to 1.5 pound
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 yellow or white onion
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 7 ounce El Tapo de Jalapeno
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper


  1. I prefer chopping my vegetables prior to browning the meat. This is so I can add them right away after browning the ground beef. *If you use anything else you will have to drain the grease after browning, before adding vegetables.
  2. Step 1: Finely chop (or use a garlic press) 3-4 garlic cloves. Chop up 1 onion, a polbano pepper (that has been washed and seeded) and a red bell pepper (also washed and seeded).
  3. Step 2: Brown ground beef, stirring occasionally and drain if needed.
  4. Step 3: Add in garlic, onion and peppers. Saute them until onion is translucent.
  5. Step 4: Add El Tapo Sauce and stir until combined.
  6. Step 5: Add 1/4 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and dash of salt. Then stir and simmer on low about 10 - 15 minutes. I cover mine with a lid when simmering. This keeps meat sauce from drying out.

Recipe Notes

Add more cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper if you want your tacos more spicy. Prep shredded cheese and lettuce earlier and store in fridge until needed. Heat taco shells just prior to serving with your taco meat.
Serve with Mexican rice as a side dish. Start prep per directions prior to starting to cook meat.
This recipe can easily be double for bigger families or larger groups.

  • Do you need more ground beef recipes for meal planning? Here’s where you’ll find all our ground beef recipes great for family meals and back to school.
  • Be sure to pin one of the images to save your recipe for later.
  • Adjust the seasonings to your preference. Additionally, you can make this homemade taco seasoning recipe to use in this recipe or your other taco recipes.

Beef Tacos

30 minute beef tacos recipe. Easy to make and tastes like restaurant style tacos. See the full ground beef taco recipe at

Sometimes when I’m cooking ground beef I cook enough for two recipes and divide the cooked meat up. Then I add the second portion to this 30-minute pasta sauce recipe. If using today’s recipe I’d divide the meat prior to adding the El Tapo sauce. 

  • You can also use this recipe for burritos, taco salads, and other Mexican dishes. 
  • Occasionally we will make this easy taco recipe that we use for camping or if we need a meal in 15 minutes.


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