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Homemade, Nutritious Taco Meat

This homemade, nutritious taco meat adds a special something to our monthly taco nights.  Borrowed from Ray’s family friend, and fondly referred to as “Silvia’s taco meat” in our home, the recipe hosts a huge assortment of nutritious ingredients and makes our tacos taste 900 times better than ever before.  Add on your usual toppings and be prepared to be amazed at how delicious your tacos taste with this recipe in hand.

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Nutritious Taco Meat

This taco meat is incredibly delicious and adds an extra punch of nutrition to your traditional taco nights.  Make this just slightly in advance of setting out a taco buffet and you’ll look like you’ve prepped for hours.  Toss on your usual favorite toppings and your family and guests won’t be able to help themselves from taking seconds.

Homemade, Nutritious Taco Meat

(aka “Silvia’s Taco Meat”)

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4 adults


  • 2 lbs ground beef (i.e. two packages of 16 oz packages we typically buy in the store)
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped into large chunks)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 of a red onion (chopped into large chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • To taste: salt, pepper, garlic powder


  1. Start to break apart and brown the ground beef on medium to low.  While the beef is browning, add the tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves, and water to a blender or food processor.  Blend on medium 30 second to a minute until it is almost a liquid.
  2. Prior to the ground beef being completely cooked, pour the blended mixture into the ground beef.  Stir to combine to allow the meat to pick up the flavors of the mixture you just created.  Flavor with salt, pepper, and cumin as the meat is still cooking.
  3. Once the beef is completely cooked, serve warm alongside your usual favorite taco toppings and shells/tortillas.  (I used shredded cabbage, parmesan cheese, and crushed red pepper on top of flour tortillas and just over half a cup of this taco meat per taco.  It tasted incredibly delicious and fresh.)  Enjoy!  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator up to one week.

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