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Easy Beef Tacos with Homemade Seasoning

Easy beef tacos made with lean beef and homemade seasoning. The homemade seasoning can't be beat. Serve over your favorite tortilla and top with your favorite toppings. This seasoned ground beef is also wonderful in a taco salad.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Homemade Seasoning, Taco Seasoning, Tacos
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author The Tiny Fairy



  • 1 lb. ground beef prefer lean beef like sirloin
  • 1 taco seasoning mix, recipe below
  • cup water
  • 10-12 your favorite tortilla shells, soft or hard
  • shredded cheese prefer Tillamook Mexican 4 cheese blend
  • Pico de Gallo or diced tomatoes
  • thinly sliced red onions
  • shredded lettuce
  • Cotija cheese


  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ¾ - 1 teaspoon kosher salt prefer Diamond brand, don't use table salt
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon cayenne powder, red chili flakes or hot sauce



  1. In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings.


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a little oil to coat the pan and place the meat in the pan. Using a wooden spoon, begin to break up the meat.

  2. When the meat is no longer pink, drain the fat (if not using a lean meat) and evenly sprinkle the taco seasoning over the ground beef. Stir to ensure the meat is evenly seasoned. Add 2/3 cup of water and cook until the liquid had evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and assemble your tacos.


  1. Warm your soft or hard shell tortillas and add a scoop of seasoned ground meat. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Pico de Gallo
2 1/2 cups of diced tomatoes, seeded and evenly chopped
1 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt (prefer Diamond brand)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
a few dashes of hot sauce, to taste 

Combine all ingredients in a glass mixing bowl with a spatula. Taste a reseason, as needed.  Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.