15-Minute Taco Meat

Posted: August 25

Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

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It might be tempting to reach for a packet of premade taco spice mix at the grocery store, but it’s just as easy to make 15-Minute Taco Meat at home. With your protein of choice as the base, the myriad spices get to work adding a depth of savory flavor and heat. 15-Minute Taco Meat delivers what it promises; it will be ready to fill hard or soft taco shells, or top a taco salad in a quarter of an hour.


• 1 pound of lean ground sirloin or ground chicken, turkey, or pork • 1/2 cup tomato sauce • 1/4 cup water • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder • 1 teaspoon cumin • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder • 1/2 teaspoon paprika • 1/8 teaspoon oregano • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed


Step 1

Over medium-high heat, crumble the beef into small chunks in a skillet.

Step 2

Cook until brown.

Step 3

Once brown, drain any excess grease and pat the beef dry with paper towels.

Step 4

Return the beef to the pan and combine with the tomato sauce, water, chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Step 5

Bring everything to a boil before reducing to a simmer.

Step 6

Let the meat simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 7

Then serve in a shell or bowl!

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