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Easy Ground Beef Tacos

These Easy Ground Beef Tacos are full of Tex-Mex flavor and come together in just a few minutes. Hearty ground beef and savory spices are the perfect base for all of your favorite toppings!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy dinner ideas, ground beef recipes, homemade tacos
Servings: 6
Calories: 776kcal


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, or avocado oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef, 90% lean
  • ½ cup water
  • 10 to 12 tortillas, 6-inch
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, hot sauce, lettuce, lime wedges


  • Heat a large pan over medium heat, and add oil. Once the oil is heated and shimmering, add the onion. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened.
  • Add the tomato paste, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, paprika, brown sugar, oregano, and ground black pepper. Stir constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add ground beef and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until no longer pink, breaking it into small chunks as it browns.
  • Pour in the water and mix well. Cook until some of the liquid has evaporated, and the beef is slightly saucy, about 1 to 2 minutes.
    Taste and add more salt, if desired.
  • Serve immediately with tortillas and toppings.


Calories: 776kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1832mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 9mg