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Classic Beef Tacos (with homemade seasoning)

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I love love love love love tacos. So when PRE Brands asked me to develop recipes for their new packaging, I instantly knew that I needed to include a taco recipe. I am convinced that most people love tacos just as much as me.

I picked a classic taco beef recipe with made with a blend of spices you probably already have in your spice rack. It’s a mild spice mix with just a touch of spice, but you could easily increase the spice level by adding more chili powder and paprika to taste.

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I had a good amount of leftover taco meat from testing this recipe a couple of times, so I used the extra meat to make taco pie. The taco pie was very similar to this recipe, but I replaced the chicken with the beef. I made a total of 4 taco pies with 2 pounds of extra beef. We ate one right away, delivered two pies to friends about to have a baby, and put one in our freezer. It was such a quick and easy way to make several meals.

Beef Tacos

Classic Beef Tacos with Homemade Seasoning

Beef Tacos

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 16 ounces Pre-Brands 95% Ground Beef
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Ground Paprika
  • 2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp. Cumin
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • ½ cup White Onion
  • ¾ cup Water
  • Your favorite taco shells and toppings


  1. Heat a skillet over medium low heat. Add the beef, salt, and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to stir the salt and pepper into the beef, while breaking it up into small pieces. Let cook until browned, this will take about 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk the paprika, chili powder, cumin, and garlic together, and pour it over the beef. Add the onion. Stir together and let simmer for 6 minutes. Serve with your favorite taco shells and toppings.
Recipe Rating

Amos Stubbs

Monday 20th of May 2019

Here's a HIGHLY-relevant and -respectful comment: I would be shocked if you could get a pound of ground beef to brown in five minutes over medium-low heat. It might be cooked through in 15 minutes, but it sure won't be browned. You need to cook it at medium-high for the delicious browning chemical reaction to occur. Also, if you're using Pre beef, which is 100% grass-fed, then don't use 95% lean! Use 80%, and leave all of that incredibly healthy fat / grease in there, and eat it. That's expensive, high-quality, beneficial fatty acid. Also, why was my brilliant, SUPER-HELPFUL, SPOT-ON comment removed the first time??!! If you listen to my advice you can actually teach people how to prepare meals that are both healthy and delicious. What a concept.


Monday 20th of May 2019

Hey Amos, PRE asked me to come up with a taco recipe for their 95% lean meat, which is why I used that specific ratio of fat to lean. I disagreed with your comment, so I removed it. What isn't respectful is you trolling me and going nuts in the comment section on my website. Your tone is rude and not appreciated.

And for the record, PRE beef cooks faster. It does go from red to brown in 5 minutes, and then you let it continue cooking for another 6 minutes until it is fully cooked. Also, not all burners are the same, mine might run hot.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Your Beef Tacos look delicious! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon! Miz Helen

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

We love tacos. Thanks for sharing at the #inspirationSpotlight party. Shared.


Friday 3rd of February 2017

We love tacos but, never buy the seasoning packets which leads us to never making tacos. Love knowing which spices exactly to use! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us a Funtastic Friday!

Kit Graham

Friday 3rd of February 2017

That is too funny! Glad I can help!

Melissa Ruddy

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

Me and my husband we're talking during taco night about how we should stop buying to packaged Taco kits and make our own spice mix. You timing is perfect! Will be trying this one at our next taco night.

Kit Graham

Friday 3rd of February 2017

Yay! Happy I posted this in time to help you out!

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