This Homemade Taco Meat is the easiest and most flavorful taco meat with zero carbs. It is made with ground beef and a homemade taco seasoning blend that is also low carb. keto-friendly. and low sodium. It is great for making tacos, burritos, nachos, salad, and more.

A white bowl with cooked homemade taco meat

My Go-To Ground Beef Recipe For Keto

Homemade Taco Meat has become my go-to recipe for keto. I love that it has no carbs and I can make a batch to store in the fridge for easy warm ups. It is excellent to add it to salads, omelettes, and keto tacos made with romaine lettuce. 

Often times when trying to stay keto, it becomes difficult to know what to eat. This homemade taco meat recipe makes it easy to decide when all I have to do is pull it out of the fridge.

Super Quick And Easy With 1 Net Carbs

Another great thing about this recipe is while it is 1 net carb, it is also a “regular” recipe for the rest of the family! While the keto peeps will enjoy this in their keto way, non-keto peeps will love it in their regular carb-y recipes!

meat cooking in the skillet

What Inspired Me To Make This Recipe

You know those taco seasoning packets you can buy in the store to make taco meat? That is actually what inspired me to make this recipe. I have my own homemade taco seasoning I make that is sugar free and just 1 carb per serving. Most of those seasoning packets are full of sodium, sugar, and starch. So even on keto, those seasoning packets are out of the picture. 

To make this recipe I decided to just brown the beef, add some homemade taco seasoning, a little water, and allow it to simmer to reduce the liquid. No added tomato sauce, no added salt, no sweetener. I was happy to have it turn out as tasty as it did!

Any Ground Meat Or Crumbled Tofu Will Work

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When making homemade taco meat, you can use ground beef, turkey, or chicken. And, what may surprise you more is if your vegetarian, you can use crumbled up firm tofu! 

When making this with tofu, due to the fact it is packed in water, you may not need to add any water to the skillet. If using tofu, just watch to see if water releases as it warms up and only add some if it looks too dry. I recommend a firm tofu or extra firm tofu.

Use Homemade Taco Meat on Loaded Nachos!

Cooking Tips

  • When cooking with beef, do not add fat unless you are cooking with a lower fat percentage beef. I usually buy 80/20 and don’t need to add fat.
  • When cooking with ground turkey or chicken, you may want to spray the skillet with cooking spray, or add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter.
  • If there is a lot of fat in the skillet once the meat is cooked, be sure to drain it before adding the seasoning. You don’t want to drain it after adding the seasoning as you will be pouring flavor out of the pan.

Add-ins You May Like

While this homemade taco meat recipe is very simple and basic, there are a few ideas for add ins that you might like to consider.

  • Stir in 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • Cook 1/2 cup diced onion with the ground meat
  • Add 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and/or jalapeno pepper
A grilled stuffed burrito with homemade taco meat inside
Homemade Taco Meat is great in Burritos

Ways To Use Taco Meat

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Homemade Taco Meat
Yield: 4

Homemade Taco Meat

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Ground Beef cooked in a flavorful taco seasoning. Great for tacos, burritos, omelettes, and more.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet and break it up with a wooden spoon. raw burger cooking in skillet
  2. Cook the ground beef, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes, or until beef is browned.
  3. Stir in the homemade taco seasoning until meat is well coated. taco seasoning on top of burger
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 2 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

Notes

Cooking Tips

  • When cooking with beef, do not add fat unless you are cooking with a lower fat percentage beef. I usually buy 80/20 and don't need to add fat.
  • When cooking with ground turkey or chicken, you may want to spray the skillet with cooking spray, or add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter.
  • If there is a lot of fat in the skillet once the meat is cooked, be sure to drain it before adding the seasoning. You don't want to drain it after adding the seasoning as you will be pouring flavor out of the pan.


Add-ins You May Like

While this homemade taco meat recipe is very simple and basic, there are a few ideas for add ins that you might like to consider.

  • Stir in 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • Cook 1/2 cup diced onion with the ground meat
  • Add 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and/or jalapeno pepper

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 322Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 101mgSodium 411mgCarbohydrates 2gNet Carbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 31g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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