The Best Tacos Recipe


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The Best Tacos are easy ground beef tacos that are family favorites! Ready in minutes, more delicious than takeout for a classic taco recipe everyone loves!

Stack of beef tacos with all the fixings //

These easy homemade tacos are our family favorites for a quick and easy weeknight supper. My son always enjoys them when he has friends over. A taco bar with all types of toppings is a fun way to serve a casual, delicious meal to friends and family. While we love all types, like my shrimp tacos and fish tacos, we call these the best because the taste is so scrumptious, and we eat these much more often. They are a simple and satisfying go-to meal in minutes that everyone loves!

Tacos on flour tortillas filled with beef, onion, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado //

These are so much better than takeout or those made with pre-packaged taco kits. They are made using my homemade taco seasoning that calls for just a few ingredients and no preservatives. So absolutely fresh-tasting and delicious!

One of the great things about these is how versatile they are. While this is a traditional taco recipe using ground beef, there are many more ways to customize for particular tastes.

What Type of Ground Beef?

Lean ground beef is best for this recipe. The meat won’t be greasy and it has enough fat content to taste delicious. They are super quick and easy if no draining is required.

However, if you don’t have lean ground beef on hand, go ahead and make these! You just simply drain the excess fat from the cooked ground beef before adding the homemade taco seasoning.

What Other Meats Can I Use?

Ground beef is commonly used and is the type of meat used in this recipe, but there are more options as well.

They are delicious with ground turkey or shredded chicken as well. I sometimes make tacos with my beef barbacoa or shredded beef too.

And if you choose, you can use black beans or pinto beans for a tasty meatless option.

How to Make the Best Tacos

In just a matter of minutes, I can have these ready and on the table for my family. Here’s how to make them.


Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

  • tortillas – You can use your preferred type of tortilla – corn or flour.
  • ground beef – I primarily use lean ground beef, but I enjoy using other options like ground turkey, chicken, etc.
  • taco seasoning – I use my homemade taco seasoning mix, which I love to keep on hand. You can also use your favorite store-bought seasoning mix if you prefer.
  • lettuce – shredded Iceberg, romaine, or arugula
  • tomatoes – I love to use grape tomatoes sliced in half or diced tomatoes.
  • red onion – peeled and cut into thin slices
  • avocado – peeled, pitted and sliced or cut into cubes.

Optional Toppings

How to Make the Best Homemade Tacos

Cook. Add lean ground beef to a skillet, break it up with a spatula, and cook over medium heat. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. (If using ground beef that wasn’t lean, drain excess fat if necessary before adding taco seasoning.) Stir to combine well, cook until cooked through and browned, about 7 minutes.

Assemble. Place cooked ground beef on each tortilla. Then top each taco with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and any other optional ingredients.

Serve. You may wish to add the toppings and serve if serving family style. Buffet style is perfect when serving guests so that each person tops his or her taco as they wish.

Side Dishes to Serve

Refried Beans

Cilantro Lime Rice

House Salad

Queso and Chips

Other Ground Beef Recipes to Try

Taco Cups


Skillet Lasagna


Here’s my Best Tacos Recipe. Make them soon when you need a quick and easy meal everyone will love!

The Best Tacos Recipe

5 from 1 vote
The Best Tacos are easy ground beef tacos that are family favorites! Ready in minutes and more delicious than takeout for a classic taco recipe everyone loves!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas, or corn tortillas, lightly browned or left soft
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup arugula, other spring greens or shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

Optional toppings:

  • pepper jack cheese
  • sour cream
  • salsa


  • Add ground beef to a medium skillet set over medium heat. Sprinkle with taco seasoning, stir to combine well, and cook until the meat is cooked through and browned, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and drain away any excess drippings.
  • Assemble tacos by spooning ground beef into each tortilla and then topping with preferred toppings of arugula, tomatoes, onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream and salsa.


Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 833mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 737IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Gaby says:

    These tacos look delicious! This is such a great busy night meal idea!

  2. Amanda says:

    Love this quick and easy recipe! Thank you!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda! xo

  3. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says:

    Yes, you’ve just described my life.
    We too HS year round. They lose to much in the summer (math!), they have a hard time getting back into school mode when off for a while (complaining) etc.

    I bought a pressure cooker last summer. There is so much to do with school each day and then add the animals and garden stuff and there were some nights we didn’t eat until 8:00 p.m. !

    We love tacos and these look delicious and fast which is a perfect combination.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      It is crazy how quickly the day goes some days, isn’t it?

  4. Mary Pisarkiewicz says:

    I love how colorful and simple to prepare this is! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion really!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Mary! Yes, I love all that color and how fresh these tacos are as well!

  5. Heather - Butter & Burlap says:

    Yes! You gotta have quick and easy recipes that are your “go-to” in times of need! Great recipe, I love homemade tacos myself!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Heather! There’s nothing like having those recipes you can always depend on, is there?