Best ground beef taco meat on skillet.
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Best Taco Meat Recipe (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb)

This easy, delicious, perfectly seasoned ground beef is truly the Best Taco Meat Recipe out there. An easy no-fuss taco seasoning and tomato sauce to create the juiciest, most flavorful taco meat in 20 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword 5 ingredients, budget friendly, Dairy-free, GAPS, kid friendly,, low-carb, Nut-free, one-pot/pan, paleo, primal, quick & easy,, Whole 30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 313kcal
Cost $6.50


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Taco Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Taco Seasoning (if needed)

  • If you don't already have taco seasoning prepared, combine chili powder, minced garlic, ground cumin, minced onion, oregano and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.

Taco Meat

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add ground beef and crumble it breaking it up and cooking until completely browned, approximately 6-8 minutes. Drain grease if necessary (see note).
  • Add taco seasoning, salt and tomato paste over the meat. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until slightly thickened and moisture absorbs into the meat, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Enjoy as you would any taco meat.


Note on draining grease: I don't drain grease because I'm not worried about consuming fats when eating sustainably-raised meats. Feel free to drain if you are more comfortable. 
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Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1001mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 636IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg