One great staple item to keep in your freezer is Taco Meat! You can use it in so many different recipes and it thaws really quickly so it makes for a great last-minute dinner idea if you forgot to pull something out from the freezer earlier in the day.
How to Make Taco Meat
To make the taco meat, brown the ground beef on the stovetop along with any filler items to it that you would like (see below) until fully cooked. Add taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning to taste. Let cool. It’s as simple as that!
Save Money By Adding Filler Items to Your Taco Meat
Want to save money on meat? Add in some extra filler items for more flavor and to make the meat serve more people! Here are some filler ideas:
- Lentils — You can cook lentils according to the package directions and then brown them with the ground beef. They are much cheaper than beef and no one will be the wiser.
- Ground Turkey — We like to add some ground turkey in when we cook ground beef. It’s less expensive, but you still get the taste of ground beef (which we prefer over ground turkey).
Tomatoes — I like to add in a can of tomatoes per pound of ground beef. It adds a fresh flavor and it saves money!
- Onions — We LOVE onions at our house — especially when you saute them in taco meat! I typically add one onion per pound of meat. (I used red onions in the meat pictured because that’s what we had on hand!)
- Beans — You can add any canned beans or cooked beans to taco meat. I typically add 1-2 cups or cans per pound of ground beef.
How to Freeze Taco Meat
To freeze the taco meat, cool completely and then measure into ziptop freezer bags. Be sure to remove all of the air from the bag before sealing. Label the bag and the amount of Taco Meat you put into the bag.
To thaw it, just pull it out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Or, you can run the bag under cold water until it is loosened up enough to dump out of the bag. Heat on the stovetop or in the microwave and use!
Our Favorite Ways to Use Taco Meat
Taco Meat is so versatile and can be used in many more recipes than just plain old tacos! Some of our favorite recipes are: Crockpot Taco Soup, Build-Your-Own Haystacks, Taco Potatoes, Taco Lettuce Wraps. You can also serve it over rice with cheese on top or spread some on a tortilla, sprinkle some cheese, roll it up and heat!
Watch me make the Taco Meat LIVE below — and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
What are YOUR favorite ways to use Taco Meat? I’d love to hear!