Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a great way to make meat for tacos, burritos or nachos without having to purchase the taco seasoning!! This is a recipe from Taste of Home, that I changed slightly for our tastes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, oregano, garlic powder and paprka.
  2. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with taco shells. Garnish with toppings if desired.
Most Helpful

I made this tonight to go on our homemade nachos! It was delicious! I loved the flavor, but my husband thinks it overpowered the other items on the nachos. I think that might be because we had more meat than usual, and less "other toppings" than at most restaurants. Next time I'll cut back just a little for each amount of spice. Thanks so much for sharing! **Update: I use this recipe EVERY time I make something that needs mexican style beef! I love that you can use the same measuring spoon for all the spices (at least I do) and the amounts are simple and easy to remember. Sometimes I skip the cornstarch depending on what the beef is used for and I never miss it - great flavor even without a "sauce" consistency. Thanks again for sharing! This is a staple in our house. :)

princessbride029 April 13, 2010

Instead of cornstarch, I use a roux of masa harina. It works in several dishes, from this 1 to chili, beef stew ( chicken, turkey, bison, etc) to shepherd's pie ( with lamb!) & I add more of whatever chiles i have on hand.

Karen A. August 27, 2015

AWESOME!! I've tried other taco seasoning recipes from here and this one is the one for me from now on. Definitely not buying those packets anymore. I didn't have coriander and left out the cornstarch. Made for Everyday's a Holiday Tag Game 2013.

nemokitty September 24, 2013