I started making my own taco seasoning when I wanted to watch all the ingredients going into my diet. You can always use my taco seasoning recipe for these or buy a pack from the store. But trust me once you make them from scratch you won’t ever want the premade packs ever again.
You can always use straight ground beef or any other ground meat, but I have found I really enjoy using half turkey half beef. It allows me to get the closest texture to restaurant ground beef tacos. Plus, it allows me to cut the fat in half. Adding the tomato paste helps to give you a richer flavor, so don’t leave it out. I like to buy the tomato paste in the tube and keep it in my fridge. That way I can add a tablespoon or two without opening an entire can.
Also, the onions add flavor!! I know most kids don’t like the idea of an onion, but if you cut them small enough and cook them with the meat until very soft, they won’t notice them. You can add water to the meat and onion to help them soften without burning.
Add your seasonings once the onions are soft enough for your liking. We use this taco meat in tortilla shells, with chips, on puff pastry, or over rice. Serve it with your favorite toppings, a salad, or some tomato rice. It is always a hit for taco Tuesday! Enjoy!
Ground Meat Tacos
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2-4 Tbsp taco seasoning
- ¼ cup diced onions optional
- ½-1 cup water as desired
- Brown ground meat and drain off any excess fat. If adding onion, leave a little oil in the bottom to prevent sticking. Allow the meat to fully brown and the onions to soften before adding tomato paste and seasoning to the meat. Add a little water to help the seasoning and paste to mix in thoroughly. I usually add a little of the seasoning at a time and taste before adding more. You may prefer it with more or less than I use, so be sure to taste. If it dries out too much, simply add a little more water. Serve in your favorite shells or wraps with all the toppings you enjoy.