Ground Beef Soft Tacos

8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Easy Ground Beef Soft Tacos with a well seasoned juicy beef taco meat filling! Packed with delicious Mexican flavor and ready in 30 minutes!

Freshly made ground beef tacos are an easy recipe when you are craving Mexican Food! Instead of the crispy corn taco shells in my original Ground Beef Tacos, these tasty tacos are made with warm and soft tortillas. It’s the perfect quick meal for a busy weeknight!

Sabrina’s Ground Beef Soft Tacos Recipe

My delicious Ground Beef  Soft Tacos are super easy but packed full of Mexican flavors. They are made with simple ingredients, most you probably already have on hand. One of the best parts is that you can keep it easy with all store-bought seasonings or you can make them completely from scratch, including the tortillas! Either way, they will come out amazing!

The key to a good ground beef taco is a filling that is well seasoned and moist. I added onions and salsa to keep the ground beef from drying out and it adds so much authentic Mexican taste. Once the meaty filling is ready you just add it to warm soft flour tortillas and top it off with your favorite fillings. So easy and delicious!

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  • Ground Beef: Of course, the base ingredient to this Ground Beef Taco recipe is beef. 1 pound of ground beef should be plenty to make 8 tacos. I recommend using 85/15 ground beef, which is slightly healthier than fattier blends but still has good flavor and moisture.
  • Onions: Browning the meat with onion adds a lot of savory flavor and some extra moisture to the meat mixture. ½ of a yellow onion should be plenty. Do a small dice or mince it so you get the flavor without big chunks of onion.
  • Taco Seasoning: 1 package of taco seasoning is about 3 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning. If you have some chili powder and a handful of other pantry spices, making your own seasoning is super easy!
  • Salsa: The meat mixture is finished by adding a cup of salsa. If you mix well and simmer the ingredients most of the liquid will cook away, leaving perfectly juicy but not soupy meat.
  • Soft Tortillas: Use classic flour soft taco-sized tortillas for this recipe. If you have some time and feeling adventurous, try my easy Homemade Flour Tortilla recipe!
  • Toppings: Serve the taco meat filling in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings like cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and olives
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Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Skillet: The best way to cook ground meat is in a large skillet. This larger surface gives you plenty of room to spread out the meat so it can develop a nice browned crust. 
  • Wooden Spatula: Anytime you will be doing a lot of stirring in your pan, it’s good to use a wooden spatula or spoon so that you don’t scratch the surface. This is especially important if you are using a non-stick pan.
  • Tortilla Warmer: You don’t have to have one of these but they are great to keep your tortillas warm and soft. You could also use two plates, with the top one inverted over the tortillas. 
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How to Make

Time needed: 25 minutes.

  1. Brown the Meat

    Coat a heavy bottom skillet with cooking spray, and set the stovetop to medium-high heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet, and brown on all sides. Add sliced onion. Let the onion and beef cook with the onion begins to soften.Ground Beef Soft Tacos cooked beef in skillet with raw onions on top

  2. Season and Thicken

    Sprinkle taco seasoning over the cooked beef then pour in the salsa. Stir and bring the mixture to a low boil, then simmer at medium heat. Continue simmering for 10-15 minutes until the mixture thickens.Ground Beef Soft Tacos browned meat in pan with salad and seasonings on top before mixing

  3. Assemble the Tacos

    Lay each tortilla out flat, and spoon the beef in tacos. Top the Ground Beef Taco recipe off with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, olives, and any other taco toppings you like.Ground Beef Soft Tacos stirring meat with wooden spoon filling after the seasonings added and cooked down

Can this be made ahead of time?

You can prep parts of these Beef Soft Tacos ahead of time, but wait until you want to serve them to assemble them. Make the meat the night before, then let it fully cool before storing in a sealed container. Toss it in a skillet over medium high heat and stir occasionally while it warms up.

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef Soft Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 636mg28%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 386IU8%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cooking Ground Beef Tacos Tips

Use a Large, Wide Skillet

Part of the flavor of ground beef comes from the “frond” which is the browned, almost caramelized, crust from the hot bottom of the pan. If your beef is crowded in a smaller pan, it will steam and not burn off enough moisture to get that crust. It will still be tasty and cooked in a small skillet, but the bigger pan will give you better flavor.

Buy Fresh Raw Tortillas

If you want tortillas that taste homemade but with less time, try cooking fresh, raw tortillas while your meat is thickening. They are usually in the refrigerated section near the cheese. They only need about 30 seconds on a hot griddle or clean skillet and they will take your tacos to the next level!

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What to Pair With Ground Beef Tacos

You can add any of your favorite taco toppings to this Ground Beef Taco recipe. The add-ins are a great way to add even more delicious flavor and texture to the homemade ground beef filling. Here are some of my favorite add-ins:

  • Tomatoes: For delicious tomato flavors, you can either add diced tomatoes, fresh tomato salsa, or pico de gallo.
  • Sauces: You could also top the Ground Beef Taco recipe off with sauces like ranch dressing, sour cream, hot sauce, or cilantro lime sauce.
  • Lettuce: Shred fresh lettuce like romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, or butter lettuce.
  • Avocados: You can either add freshly sliced avocado or Guacamole to the ground beef taco meat filling.
  • Beans: You can also add your favorite beans like Black Beans or Refried Beans.
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How to Store

  • Store: If you have leftovers, it’s best to store everything separately so the tortillas don’t get soggy. The meat will stay fresh for up to 3 days in an air container.
  • Reheat: You can reheat the meat in a skillet or in the microwave. Stir it frequently, about every 30 seconds, so that it warms up quickly without drying out.
  • Freeze: Once the meat completely cools, store it in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the meat overnight in the fridge then reheat it on the stove top for the best taste. 
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Ideas to Serve Ground Beef Taco Meat

  • Taco Bar: You can even create an at-home taco bar with taco meat, tortillas, and assorted toppings for everyone to assemble their own.
  • Taco Salad: Instead of tortillas, serve the meat in a bowl with chopped lettuce and add all the toppings. Use some corn chips to give it crunch and use more salsa as the dressing.
  • Nachos: Serve the meat over tortilla chips along with beans, Nacho Cheese and your favorite toppings for some delicious, easy homemade nachos. 
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Frequent Questions

How much taco meat per person?

¼ cup of meat is a good portion to add per taco, and two tacos is a decent serving per person.

What ground beef is better for tacos?

I recommend 85/15 ground beef for taco meat because it still has plenty of fat to add flavor but isn’t overly greasy. Since you don’t drain the meat in this recipe, you don’t want too much fat in the blend.

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Recipe Card

Ground Beef Soft Tacos

Easy Ground Beef Soft Tacos with a well seasoned juicy beef taco meat filling! Packed with delicious Mexican flavor and ready in 30 minutes!
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion , diced
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning , about 1 packet
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 8 soft taco flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
  • lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, sliced black olives for optional topping


  • Brown the beef in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high.
  • Add the onions and simmer until they begin to soften.
  • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the beef and the salsa.
  • Bring to a low boil then simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
  • Add mixture to the tacos, then top with desired toppings like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and olives.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 2mg

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Lean beef: If you want a slightly healthier Ground Beef Taco recipe just replace the regular beef with lean ground beef. You could also skip the ground beef taco meat altogether, and use the same seasonings and ingredients with ground chicken for chicken tacos.

Spicy: If you want to make these soft beef tacos spicy, try adding extra seasonings, like chili powder, pepper flakes, or a bit of cayenne pepper.

Tortillas: You can make this same Ground Beef Taco recipe and serve it in taco shells, corn tortillas, or whole wheat tortillas.

Add-ins: For extra flavors in the taco meat try adding minced garlic cloves, or garlic salt. You could also add chopped bell peppers, green onions, or corn to the meat mixture for extra color and texture.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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