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Taco Bell Tacos

Taco Bell Tacos are delicious tacos. You can make Taco Bell tacos fresh for your family anytime with our recipe. You could also use this meat as a topping for nachos, inside burritos, and so much more. Enjoy your own Taco Bell tacos at home made in your own kitchen with this recipe..

Taco Bell Taco

Taco Bell Tacos

Taco Bell Tacos

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Main dish Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Taco Bell Tacos

You can make tacos that taste like Taco Bell, it isn't too hard to do.


  • Beef Filling
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons masa harina
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 1/3 pounds lean ground beef chuck
  • Tacos
  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • Sour cream (optional)


Beef Filling

Mix together all the ingredients except the meat. Stir the spice mix well to make sure that all spices have been blended well.

Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet (preferably nonstick) and brown, stirring well. Remove from the heat. Dump the meat into a strainer in the sink, rinse with hot water, and drain off the water and grease from the beef. Return the beef to the pan. Stir in the spice mix and 3/4 to 1 cup water. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until most of the moisture has cooked away. Remove from heat before the meat is completely dry.


If you like, you can refresh the taco shells in the oven at 350 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes.

To assemble the tacos, into each shell spoon a couple of tablespoons of the meat. Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream if desired. Serve immediately.

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  • Flavonoid

    Rinsing beef under water? Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I agree with straining the meat, but washing flavor away is rediculous.

    • stephaniemanley

      While I think we will disagree on this, if the meat is extremely greasy this can be a great thing to do. Some people do this to lower the fat content of their meat. I appreciate you stopping by!

  • Tricia

    I don’t think I’ve never heard the words ‘taco bell’ and ‘delicious’ in the same sentence before, LOL. I worked there for a summer in high school, that was enough to turn me off of mexican food for 10 years!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thanks to a summer at Dairy Queen I still can’t do soft serve ice cream.

  • Debbie

    Very disappointing recipe. It’s nothing like Taco Bell tacos. I could have used any taco seasoning mix.

  • kim

    amazing. It has only been 20 years since I worked at Taco Bell and they used only ground beef and cooked it fresh and definitely not in water

    • stephaniemanley

      When I used to work at Dairy Queen years ago, we cooked all of our meat in hot water. We would literally break an ‘X’ number of frozen meat patties into a large pot of water.

  • Sara

    I am so excited to try this. i just moved to Brasila and they dont have the pre-packaged mixes here so I am going to attempt this!!! Thank you.

  • joel

    don’t have any of that stuff

  • Taco Monster

    I have been looking for a good Taco Bell taco meat recipe clone for a while, and I was excited to find this one. Unfortunately, I wound up exceedingly unimpressed. I have tried other CopyKat recipes before and been satisfied, but this one does not taste even remotely like Taco Bell meat. Plus, I understand that this recipe isn’t meant to simulate the texture, etc. of Taco Bell meat, but (even with the corn flour) the sauce doesn’t thicken up even as nicely as the junky store-bought taco spice packets. Not a winner, I’m afraid.

  • Ashope1

    When my boys were all home we always had Taco Night, for dinner & often after midnight!!!
    I always had pks. of seasoning , makings for meat & lots of shells on hand.Ortega of course.
    Actually, it was Only Ortega & I only used the recipe on the packet of seasoning. Everyone,
    loved my Tacos. My problem is after several years of “Taco Retirement” my grandchildren
    now live close & apparently have heard of the Taco Raids, & I can’t find my little white packs
    of spices mix. What can I do? PLEASE do not tell me you went & made it “new & Improved”
    Please tell me where I can purchase it in NE Ohio Cleveland area //Elyria 44035 thanx grams
    I only have an E-Mail I don’t have alot to do on my computer

  • Jodi Cox

    Hey Taco Bell uses a ground beef and TVP blend for the tacos. Thats the secret ingredient to give the meat the right texture. Fake meat mixed with real meat as a extender. Actually TVP doesn’t taste too bad and its a sneaky way to make kids and husbands eat there vegetables when they won’t put lettuce tomato or onion on there tacos. You brown and drain the meat first Then add TVP (Textured vegetable protein) to the meat than the spices.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t use the TVP in my recipe, I don’t think it is an ingredient post people can get. I personally think the jack in the box tacos have even less meat than the taco bell ones.

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  • Ruby Wood

    Retired to Belize and you just can’t get these tacos unless you make them yourself. Opening up our own little resturant in the fall and will tweak them some to satisfy the locals too.

  • Andy @ Euro Direct Rentals

    Nice recipe… off to Tescos now :-)

  • Victoria

    Thanks for sharing this Taco. I’m the Taco lover and want to make it for my 9 months kid too. I probably make it for my neightbor too.


  • kysunflower

    Taco Bell taco meat is not cooked like that, just browned, you can tell becasue it’s soft and tender, not the dry you get brom browning like that. Taco Bell taco meat is cooked in water, it cooks and stay soft and tender. I know this because my son has worked there for a total of 6 years, and his wife is general manager (the big guy in charge of her store).

    • Stephanie

      I appreciate your comments. I thought that all of the meat was pre-cooked and reheated. I understand they haven’t actually cooked from scratch there for a long long time. I know some recipes for taco meat have you cook the meat in basically in a soup like mixture, I think browning, then adding water back to the recipe helps give it a little more flavor.

      • Shedreamsbeauty

        It is precooked Stephanie then frozen and thawed in hot water at 150 degrees for a hour. I worked there a few years ago. Everything is precooked there all the meat is thawed in a similar method then moved to the heating pans on the taco assembly line.

      • Jay

        I appreciate your recipes and yes Taco Bell meat comes froze pre-packed. I used to work there. They place the froze packed meat into really hot water and let it cook and then open it up and serve.

    • LBlizardbreath

      I don’t think the point is to cook something exactly in teh same manner as the restaurant. it’s to get the same end product. A lot of restaurants have the food half prepared, shipped to them then finiushed in the restaurant…. Also, a lot of restaurants use shortcuts and substitutes for makign large quantities. One person cooking for a small group would not need to follow the restaurant’s steps exactly, as long as the end product is the same or similar.

  • TacoLover

    I looooove a good taco!

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  • Sweet Onion Pie

    Great Tacos. The chili powder and garlic really add the perfect zest. Thanks!

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