Beantastic Taco Meat Recipe

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We have decided that this is our very favorite way to make tacos. You can also use it to make burritos or serve it over corn chips with taco toppings.


Beantastic Taco Meat

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1-16 ounce can refried beans
  • 1- 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 3-4 tablespoons water


  1. Saute onions in olive oil until almost translucent.
  2. Add ground beef and brown.
  3. Add spices, beans and tomato paste.
  4. Stir and cook until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Stir in water to thin the consistency of the mixture.
  6. Heat through.
  7. Use as taco or burrito filling or freeze for later use.


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  1. says

    Hi Peaceful Mom! I’ve been purusing your blog when I have time 😉 When you say you freeze the taco meat for later how do you use it. Do you just defrost it and heat it up on the stove or in the microwave? Does it still taste as good? I keep seeing you mention the freezer method I just haven’t read through everything yet. I work full time from home and my husband is a full time student and we have 2 kids so if I can save me time I am all for it. Just got to figure this all out. Thanks for your blog! Glad I found it!

    • says

      Welcome! I thaw the frozen cooked ground beef in the fridge the night before I want to use it. I add it to recipes like this Beantastic Taco Meat recipe, spaghetti sauce, Cheeseburger Casserole (recipe here) or Crockpot Chili (recipe here). As long as you remove as much of the air as possible from the bag and use it within a few weeks, it tastes fine.

    • Courtney Scott says

      I’ve had great luck premaking burritos. I wrap each one in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag. When we want to cook them, just unwrap and heat in the oven.

  2. Barbara says

    Kimberlee – Hi I like the idea of adding beans to make the meat go farther. I normally just use the envelope of taco seasoning, I can find it for about 69 cents. Do you think I could just add a can of beans to the seasoned taco meat, maybe add a half teaspoon of chili powder?

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