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Tasty Tacos

A taco seasoning made from scratch with pantry staples deliciously jazzes up ground beef, turning Tuesday night into an all-out fiesta. Add your favorite toppings, and dinner is served! —Rebecca Levesque, St. George, New Brunswick
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 taco shells, warmed
  • Optional toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions and shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Spoon beef mixture into taco shells. Serve with toppings of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
2 tacos (calculated without optional toppings): 306 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 468mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • DianeC23
    Jul 29, 2015

    It's very easy to make, and healthier (less sodium) than the store packets of seasoning. It tastes good, but it's a bit on the bland side for us. I would add more chili powder next time.

  • jmkasprak
    Mar 20, 2015

    It really didn't need the garlic, but overall it's a great recipe.

  • johnsen
    Apr 23, 2012

    cut way back on chili powder, used 1/4tsp.,1/2tsp. cumin. very good. will make again.

  • momtomatt
    Apr 14, 2012

    This recipe was awesome! These are all ingredients I always have on hand. It was so much better (and healthier) than those taco seasoning packets you get from the grocery store. I've tried several homemade taco seasoning recipes, but this is my favorite one. Next time I will substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.