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The Best Taco Meat

Let’s get basic here and talk about taco meat. I totally realize that you all know how to whip up some taco meat for a taco salad or tacos; however, a lot of you ask how I whip up my taco meat? A few extra (yet simple) steps make this taco meat so extra delicious. It’s nothing fancy, but dang, this really is The Best Taco Meat!

It’s a staple in our home. I always keep ground beef or turkey in my freezer for when I just don’t have time to run to the grocery store so that I can thaw it out and whip this up for dinner any day of the week. I throw this in a bowl with any type of salad fixings, or stuff it in a Siete Foods Grain Free Tortilla for a real taco!

The Best Taco Meat
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 lb. Grass fed Ground Beef (or ground turkey)
  2. salt and pepper, to taste
  3. 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  4. 1 tbsp. adobo seasoning (I use Frontier Co-Op)
  5. 1/4 cup (or more) beef broth
  6. 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional, or more to taste)
  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add in ground meat and, using the back of a wooden spoon, break up the meat. Brown meat with a little salt and pepper until cooked through.
  3. Add in the tomato paste and the adobo seasoning, Stir into the meat.
  4. Add Beef broth and stir until there are no more clumps of the tomato paste.
  5. Add salt and pepper, to taste and add cayenne, if desired for additional spice!
  6. Serve in lettuce cups, in tortillas, or over a salad like I did for a taco salad!
  7. Enjoy!
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Welcome! I’m Alex.

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  1. Hi! I’m doing a taco bar for my daughter’s birthday party. Would you mind telling me how I could make this in a crock pot? Or would I just need to make it as instructed and then transfer to the crock pot to keep warm? Thank you!!

    1. Hi! I have not made this in a crockpot so I would suggest making it as instructed then transferring it as you mention. Have fun!

  2. Love the idea of tomato paste. Whats a good sub for adobo spices? I have chili powder, cumin, oregano etc all in my pantry.

  3. Good to know! I love the simple additional of the beef broth (I would add just water, but I bet the broth would enhance the flavor) and tomato paste. Gonna try it out for taco Tuesday!

  4. This is also a staple at our house! I love how foolproof ground meat is. Like you literally can’t mess it up haha!