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Ground Taco Meat

This is one recipe you need in your arsenal, I promise. Use any type of meat you prefer, or meat substitute, just so long as it's ground. Taco meat is a great staple for taco night of course, but it's great for salads, nachos, enchilada bakes, etc. You can add it to chili or spaghetti for a latin spin on your go-to faves.


1 lb ground meat (beef, venison, pork, turkey, etc.)

1 medium onion, choppped

2 poblano peppers, de-seeded and chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp vegetable oil

1 TBSP chili powder

2 tsp smoked cumin

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp paprika (I use smoked paprika as well)

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 cup water


1. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan.

2. Add ground meat. When meat is 50% cooked add in onions and peppers, sautéing until vegetables are tender and meat is cooked through. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes more.

3. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and add water.

4. Simmer until water is absorbed.

5. Serve in soft or crunchy taco shells or over your favorite salad... or any other way you like!


1. Make a bunch! Seriously triple or quadruple this recipe for meal prep or freeze in 1lb packages for quick meals.

2. Want it spicier? Add in some crushed red pepper flakes or used dried chipotle pepper.

3. Milder? Lessen the chili powder and use just one poblano pepper.

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