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Ground Beef Tacos from Scratch

Best-Ever Ground Beef Tacos from Scratch

Level up your ground beef tacos! No dried spice packs, just a super-easy sauce from scratch!
Course Beef
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 151kcal
Author Marsha Maxwell


  • "Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Scrub Brush- 10.25 inches Cast Iron Frying Pan With 10 inch Bristle Brush "
  • Kitchen Utensil Set Wood,9 Pack Wooden Cooking Utensils with Holder, Natural Teak Wooden Spoons for Cooking,Wooden Spatula,Turner,Strainer,Ladle,Egg Whisk,Slottled Spoons
  • GORILLA GRIP Original Oversized Cutting Board, 3 Piece, BPA Free, Dishwasher Safe, Juice Grooves, Larger Thicker Boards, Easy Grip Handle, Non Porous, Extra Large, Set of 3, Red, Blue, Lime Green
  • Kitchen Knives
  • Mixing Bowls with Airtight Lids 6 piece Stainless Steel Metal Bowls


  • ½ large onion diced fine
  • 1 large clove garlic pressed
  • 1 ½ pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce depending on size, diced fine, with some of the adobo sauce from the can (about 2 tablespoons total)
  • 2 teaspoons New Mexico or Ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano preferably Mexican
  • ¾ teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 8- oz. can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar honey, or sugar (optional)


  • Dice the onion and chipotle chile, and press the garlic. Set aside.
  • In a large, heavy skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, garlic and salt over medium high heat until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. While cooking, break the ground beef into small pieces with a spatula. Once the meat is cooked, drain the meat/onion mixture using a colander.
  • Return the meat mixture to the skillet and add the chipotle chile, chile powder, oregano, and cumin. Cook and stir over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat until the spices are mixed throughout and beginning to toast.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water, along with the agave syrup, honey, or sugar (optional), and stir until well blended.
  • Reduce heat to low. Simmer the meat and sauce for about 15 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated.
  • While the taco filling is simmering, taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.
  • Serve in hard or soft taco shells with your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, diced white onion, or chopped cilantro.