By CrystalA on March 04, 2003
Photo by PanNan
Photo by PanNan
"This is the recipe I like to use for my taco meat and we love it. "
Serving Size: 1 (103 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Oh my, this turned out to be the best taco meat ever! Yes, brown the meat first. if you don't and mix the spices and flour into the meat before hand, it is hard to know when the meat is done cooking. Also, I would cut back by 1/2 on the flour and I added Worcestershire Sauce because I love that in my taco meat. Make a bunch cuz it is even better on day 2! I will be visiting my daughter in law this summer and, as tacos are my sons favorite meal, I will be taking a jar of the mix as a gift."
"We love this taco meat! I triple the recipe and use ground turkey. Also, I cook the meat first, drain off the fat, then add the seasonings. I've made it as written before and having the fat in there was just a bit to gross for me. Also unhealthy. I love the combination of the spices, though! Thanks for posting!"
"Crystal, This is a great recipe,we tried it the other night,and loved the way the meat stuck together,it wasn't as sloppy as taco's usually are but it had the good Mexicn flavor it should have too. Thanks we will absolutely use this recipe every time we make taco's Darlene Summers"
"This was the first time I have ever made Taco Meat without using those awful seasoning packets. This was absolutely wonderful. Just the smell of all those seasonings had my mouth watering. And the flavor is the best. I used ground chuck so there was very little fat, and I doubled the receipe because I was making a very large batch for a fundraising luncheon. And what made it even better is that I had EVERY seasoning in my spice rack already. This is great! Thanks for sharing."
"This was great stuff...soooo much better than when you use that nasty taco seasoning from the store. Our new go-to taco seasoning. Wouldn't change a thing. Just perfect. Enough spice to make the adults happy but not too much for the kids. Thanks for sharing this great recipe."
"we ended up with a mushy mess. I am sure it was something I did, but the result wasn't edible. Sorry -- glad others liked it."
"This is really good. I browned the ground beef first, and drained the grease off. I used only 1/8 cup flour, and blended the seasonings with the water, then added it to the pan. This is as good as the packaged seasoning mixes. It also definitely was more convenient than having to go to the store for a package of taco seasoning. Thank you for such a good & easy recipe. :)"
"This had a wonderful texture and flavor for taco meat. I used 97% lean beef, half whole wheat and enriched white flour and heaped up on the chili powder. I am going to try next time to cook the meat separate and drain to cut down on the fat... I'll let you know how it turns out. Thank you for the recipe."
"Very good flavor. I won't be buying those taco packets anymore that is for sure. I did what others mentioned....I browned the meat first, drained the fat, then added the flour, water and seasonings, and I also halved the flour. Next time, I'll half the salt too. It was too much salt for my personal taste."
"This turned out to be the worst meal I have ever eaten. Honestly I don't think it would've been as bad if there wasn't so much flour. It gave it a strange texture and an under cooked feel to the meat. Maybe with some alterations to the quantity of each ingredient this could be a meal I would recommend. I might mess around with it a little myself and see if I can make some alterations that would make the recipe into something my family would enjoy."
"Made this exactly as written and my whole family loved it. The texture/consistency was the best - it turned out much better than when I make taco meat using the packets they sell at the store. Thanks for posting the recipe. This one is definitely a keeper!"
"This is best taco meat recipe. There are some reviews that say to brown first. This will not yield a restaurant quality product. The method in the recipe results in smooth mixture that clumps together well and won't fall out of the taco shells. I've tried lots of recipes and techniques to obtain restaurant style ground meat. This nails it. That and I love ethnic food."
"Excellent recipe and unusual. I give it a 5 star, as this is a "keeper" in my recipe collection and plan to use it at least once per week. Thank you"
"This is a pretty good recipe but I would make a few minor changes (that others have also already mentioned). Cut the flour by probably a half as it gives it a strange texture that might turn off guests that don't understand why its so thick (although it does prevent the meat from falling out). Also if you want it to taste closer to a store bought package of taco sauce crank up the cumin and chili powder otherwise you may complain its a bit land compared to say Old El Paso or McCormick's taco meat seasoning. Thats the great part about making it yourself you can flavor to taste versus prepacked."
"Just made a large (5 lb.) batch of this as my mom has requested a Mexican meal for Mother's Day this weekend. I am going to freeze it and reheat in crockpot, adding a little water as it came out pretty thick. I didn't read the reviews like I usually do or I would have cut the flour by 1/2. The flavor is great, anyone who wants it spicier can pile on the hot sauce and jalapenos! Thanks for the recipe!"
"This was OK. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used left over roast beef. It had way too much flour, and I will probably not use any at all next time. I kept having to add water to it because it turned to glue. Because of that, I had to add more seasonings to get some flavor because it got diluted with the water that I had to add. The seasonings were good, but the whole process left a lot to be desired for us."
"This is the best recipe I've found. I did make a few mods for our family. I omitted the flour (gluten allergy) and I add maybe a tablespoom of tomato paste, then cook it all in well. I've taken to making large batches in the slow cooker, then freezing the unused part in bags to make taco nights convenient indeed."
"This was very good. I froze leftovers and will see how it reheats. Thanks for posting CrystalA."
"This was good!"
"Excellent! Came out perfect and tasted authentic. Thanks for posting CrystalA!"