Seasoned Taco Meat

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.


6-1/2 cups

Updated: Jul. 20, 2023
I got this recipe from the restaurant where I work. It's famous in our town for the blend of seasonings, and now the secret is out! —Denise Mumm, Dixon, Iowa


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. In a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Add water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until the water is evaporated, about 15 minutes.
You can serve Seasoned Taco Meat in a variety of ways. Use it as a filling for tacos or enchiladas, or as a topping for pizza or baked potatoes.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 113 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 277mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.