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Mexican Ground Beef: Savor the Flavor

Updated: Jan 6

A visit to my grandma's house was marked by her delicious tortillas and homemade ground beef. The fragrance of our Mexican heritage is undoubtedly embedded into my memory, but especially the vibrant flavors of her food. The essential ingredient to any good taco is flavorful ground beef, and I've perfected our down home recipe just for you.

The sizzle of the skillet will blend a robust variety of spices that can be used tucked into tacos, layered in lasagnas, or mixed into rice in a hearty casserole. This dish bears the unmistakable stamp of Mexican authenticity. Join me as we delve into a delicious bowl of Mexican ground beef and discover a classic recipe that have stood the test of time. Get ready for this robust and flavorful symphony that is Mexican ground beef.

Spoon on a table holding Mexican ground beef.

Mexican Ground Beef: Savor the Flavor

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef 

  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2/3 cup water

ground beef seasoning sitting on a counter


In a skillet, over medium heat, cook the ground beef. Use a spatula to break up the meat into pieces and let it cook all the way through until no longer pink. Occassionally toss the meat to ensure it's cooked evenly.

Tip: Don't over do the process of breaking up the meat, you don't want smashed ground beef.

Ground beef in an orange skillet.

Wooden spoon breaking up ground beef in a skillet.

When the ground beef is no longer pink, drain the grease and place the skillet back on the stovetop.

cooked ground beef in a skillet

Sprinkle in all of the seasonings, 1/2 tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp onion powder.

Doesn't that smell wonderful? Watch everyone draw nearer to the kitchen with this step.

Ground beef covered in seasonings listed in the recipe

Scoop in 2 tbsps tomato paste, pour in 2/3 cup water, and mix well to combine.

hand pouring water into ground beef simmering on the stove

Cover with a lid and let this simmer for 5 minutes on medium low.

ground beef simmering in water and tomato paste on the stove

If some liquid remains that can be drained into the sink. Scoop into a bowl and serve!

ground beef in a bowl sitting next to an image of our lady of guadalupe

ground beef in a bowl sitting next to an image of our lady of guadalupe

Did you make this recipe? If so I would love to see it, drop a picture in the comment or send it to me on social media, Facebook @HisGirlSunday or Instagram @steffani_hisgirlsunday.

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