Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I love the "fake"-ish meat in Taco Bell tacos... I'm hoping this recipe will come close to achieving that thick, greasy, salty meat I love!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Meat Directions.
  2. Mix together all ingredient except the meat.
  3. Stir the spice mixture well making sure that all spices have been blended well.
  4. Crumble ground beef and brown stirring well.
  5. Remove from heat, rinse with hot water and drain water and grease from beef.
  6. Return beef to the pan and add spice mix.
  7. Add 3/4 – 1 cup water to ground beef and seasoning and simmer on medium low temperature for 20 minutes.
  8. Simmer until most of moisture has cooked away.
  9. Remove from heat when moisture in meat as dissipated but meat is not dry.
  10. Assembling the taco.
  11. You can refresh the taco shells by placing them in a baking dish into a hot oven, 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
  12. To assemble tacos add a couple of tablespoons of ground meat, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream if desired.
Most Helpful

This is my go-to recipe for taco night. It is even better the next day as leftovers. It does taste similar to Taco Bell's, but my husband says it's better. I always just use a pound of meat with the spice mixure and it turns out fine.

lilcritta2 March 03, 2013

Really like the taste of this meat. The masa gives the meat that fast food flavor. Family really enjoyed. Thanks for posting.

javonsnanna January 25, 2012

Great recipe. I am a big fan of Taco Bell - I know their tacos well, and this meat preparation is a great match taste-wise. Taco Bell meat is usually more of a fine puree texture almost (not necessarily a plus), whereas this recipe has a more course texture of ground beef, which was more than fine. Because the recipe description suggested the preparation was "thick, greasy, salty," I cut the seasoning salt and garlic salt in half. Did not want salty-tasting meat. The result was great - and it may not have mattered either way. I may just use the full salt amount next time and judge any difference. Also, rinsing the meat as suggested is great for cutting down the grease (never did that before), and I used lean ground meat to begin with. I also used masa corn flour, but I'm thinking (but not sure) that it could be substituted with regular flour for those not wanting to buy a bag of masa just for 1.5 tablespoons. I loved this recipe and will use it again.

Joseph G. August 16, 2014