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20 Recipes You Can Make with A Pound of Taco Meat

Whether you have leftover taco meat or make it in batches for busy nights, these ground beef recipes are perfect for using up an entire pound.

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Enchilada Casser-Ole!Taste of Home

Enchilada Casser-Ole!

My husband loves this casserole, but it never lasts too long. Packed with black beans, cheese, tomatoes and plenty of Southwest flavor, it's an impressive entree that's as simple as it is simply delicious. —Marsha Wills, Homosassa, Florida

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Tasty BurritosTaste of Home

Tasty Burritos

My cousin is of Mexican heritage, and I’ve watched her make this crunchy beef burrito recipe for years. The very first time I made them for my own family, they instantly became a favorite meal. They’re even better warmed up the next day in the microwave. —Debi Lane, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Tater Tot-chosTaste of Home

Tater Tot-chos

Playing with food is loads of fun when you have Tater Tots and taco toppings. Let kids build their own for smiles all around. —Eleanor Mielke, Mitchell, South Dakota

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Mexican Pasta BakeTaste of Home

Mexican Pasta Bake

This casserole makes a delicious change of pace from ordinary pasta casseroles. The corkscrew noodles? They make it fun! —Joy Smith, Bigfork, Minnesota

 

 

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Taco LasagnaTaste of Home

Taco Lasagna

If you like foods with southwestern flair, this just might become a new favorite. Loaded with cheese, meat and beans, the layered casserole comes together in a snap. There are never any leftovers when I take this dish to potlucks. —Terri Keena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Cheddar Beef EnchiladasTaste of Home

Cheddar Beef Enchiladas

I created these enchiladas to satisfy several picky eaters in our house. They were an instant hit and are now requested at least once a week. I especially like that we can enjoy this meal twice by freezing half for a later (and busier) day. —Stacy Cizek, Conrad, Iowa

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Spicy Shepherd's Pie

Spicy Shepherd's Pie

Taco seasoning adds zip to this hearty main dish. It's easy to top with instant mashed potatoes, which I stir up while browning the beef. —Mary Malchow, Neenah, Wisconsin

 

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Mini Phyllo TacosTaste of Home

Mini Phyllo Tacos

For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese. These handheld bites will be a surefire hit with a hungry crowd. —Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

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Taco Salad CasseroleTaste of Home

Taco Salad Casserole

This taco casserole recipe tastes like a taco salad and is a breeze to assemble. I crush tortilla chips to form a bottom layer, then spread on refried beans, a spicy meat mixture and cheese. —Rhonda McKee, Greensburg, Kansas

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Bubbly & Golden Mexican Beef CobblerTaste of Home

Bubbly & Golden Mexican Beef Cobbler

Add whatever you like to this Mexican beef cobbler to make it yours—black beans, sour cream, even guacamole! —Mary Brooks, Clay, Michigan

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Cobre Valley CasseroleTaste of Home

Cobre Valley Casserole

We live in southeastern Arizona, in a part of the state known as Cobre Valley. Cobre is Spanish for copper, which is mined here. People in this area have enjoyed variations of this recipe for many years. —Carolyn Deming, Miami, Arizona

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Fiesta Beef & Noodle SkilletTaste of Home

Fiesta Beef & Noodle Skillet

Tacos and pasta come together in this zesty dish my family demands. It's cheesy, a tad spicy, and you can ring that dinner bell in no time. —Amber Willard, Slinger, WI

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Layered Taco SaladTaste of Home

Layered Taco Salad

I invented this taco salad to make my kids happy. Make it with ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken and it's equally good. —Betty Nickels, Tampa, Florida

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Taco SpaghettiTaste of Home

Taco Spaghetti

I came up with this kid-friendly Southwestern recipe one afternoon when I was using up leftover spaghetti and ground beef. When I'm lucky enough to have extra time, I make two batches and freeze one. —Johanna Van Ness, Wichita, Kansas

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Chicken Taco PieTaste of Home

Chicken Taco Pie

This is truly a family fave and is perfect for a busy night of rushing to soccer, swimming lessons or scouts. I put it together in the morning and pop it in the oven when we get home. —Karen Latimer, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Taco Biscuit BakeTaste of Home

Taco Biscuit Bake

Your whole gang will enjoy this fresh Mexican bake. It’s a tasty new take on tacos. —Sara Martin, Whitefish, Montana

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Beef Nacho PieTaste of Home

Beef Nacho Pie

I like to spend time in the garden, so I look for recipes that don't require hours in the kitchen. This savory southwestern pie has a short list of ingredients and is quick to prepare. —Doris Gill, Sargent, Nebraska

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Skillet NachosTaste of Home

Skillet Nachos

My mom gave me a fundraiser cookbook, and this is the recipe I’ve used most. My whole family is on board. For toppings, think sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion. —Judy Hughes, Waverly, Kansas

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Easy Ground Beef Taco SaladTaste of Home

Easy Ground Beef Taco Salad

Every time I have to bring a dish to a party, friends ask for my taco salad. Even players on my son's football team ask for it. —Lori Buntrock, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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Mexican Beef & PastaTaste of Home

Mexican Beef & Pasta

Your family will love the hearty flavors of this skillet supper. You’ll love that it’s fast home cooking done light and chock-full of healthier ingredients. A must-try recipe! Top with crushed blue corn chips for extra crunch. —Christine Richardson, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Peggy Woodward, RDN
Peggy is a Senior Food Editor for Taste of Home. In addition to curating recipes, she writes articles, develops recipes and is our in-house nutrition expert. She studied dietetics at the University of Illinois and completed post-graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Peggy has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. She’s a mom, a foodie and enjoys being active in her rural Wisconsin community.

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