It might be tempting to reach for a packet of premade taco spice mix at the grocery store, but it’s just as easy to make 15-Minute Taco Meat at home. With your protein of choice as the base, the myriad spices get to work adding a depth of savory flavor and heat. 15-Minute Taco Meat delivers what it promises; it will be ready to fill hard or soft taco shells, or top a taco salad in a quarter of an hour.

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  • 1 pound of lean ground sirloin or ground chicken, turkey, or pork
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed


Step 1 –Over medium-high heat, crumble the beef into small chunks in a skillet.

Step 2 –Cook until brown.

Step 3 –Once brown, drain any excess grease and pat the beef dry with paper towels.

Step 4 –Return the beef to the pan and combine with the tomato sauce, water, chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Step 5 –Bring everything to a boil before reducing to a simmer.

Step 6 –Let the meat simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 7 –Then serve in a shell or bowl!