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3 crunchy ground beef tacos

Mexican Style Ground Beef

Forget that bottle of taco seasoning, try this recipe instead. You'll never go back!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword green chiles, no taco seasoning, quick
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 169kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 10 ounces green enchilada sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and brown and crumble ground beef until no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
  • Return meat to pan and add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.  Let simmer for 5-6 minutes over medium-high heat or until most of the liquid is absorbed and is the consistency you like.


  • Salsa or Enchilada Sauce: Use what you have on hand! I've used both salsa and enchilada sauce with great results. Sometimes salsa is thicker and you may need to add a little bit of water to the meat while it simmers.
  • Bake the Shells: If you're making crunchy tacos with this meat, remember to bake or heat up the crunchy shells before assembling. It makes a huge difference!
  • Add Water: If the meat seems a little dry after adding in the spices and enchilada sauce, add ½-1 cup water and stir to combine. Allow the meat to come to a simmer and reduce down to your desired consistency. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2.5mg