Taco Meat


I found this recipe at A Year in the Kitchen. It was really good, just a too salty for our tastes, so next I’ll reduce the amount of salt. Recipe below has the adjusted salt amount.

Use the spice mixture to flavor ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken, and then you’ve got great flavored meat for any Mexican dish…salad, tacos, enchiladas, nachos etc.

Spice Mixture Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP dark mexican chili powder
  • 2 TBSP ancho chile powder
  • 2 TBSP cumin
  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. dry oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (start with this amount…can always add more salt)


  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef, chicken
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 c. chicken broth


  1. Combine the spice mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add meat, onions, and garlic until saute until meat is browned and nearly cooked through. Add spice mixture and broth, and simmer for about 8 minutes.
  3. For our taco salad, I served it family style with ice berg lettuce, black beans, pickled jalapenos, meat mixture, cheese, red onions, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro (can add olives, corn, salsa etc.).

Taco Meat:


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