The Best Ground Beef Taco

The Best Ground Beef Tacos

The Best Ground Beef Tacos. Simple and delicious, these from-scratch skillet ground beef tacos (can use ground turkey, too!) are a weeknight staple. Fast, flavorful, perfect! {20-MINUTE MEAL}
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beef, Tacos


  • 1 pound Ground beef.
  • ½ – ¾ cup Chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 – 3 Garlic cloves, finely minced, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder.
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin.
  • 2 tsp Ground coriander.
  • ½ tsp Salt.
  • ¼ – ½ tsp Black pepper.
  • 8 oz Can tomato sauce.
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded, and finely minced (optional).
  • Taco shells.
  • Taco toppings of choice.


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often and breaking the meat into small pieces, until the meat is cooked through, 5-7 minutes.
  • Off the heat, drain any excess grease, if needed.
  • Return the skillet to the heat and stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds until the mixture smells fragrant.
  • Add the tomato sauce and minced jalapeños, if using. Simmer the mixture for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Serve in taco shells with your choice of toppings (makes great taco salad, too!).


Recipe Source: adapted from the Joy of Cooking