No matter where you are in the world, there will always be Mexican restaurants, as we just collectively love Mexican cuisine! How can you not? Mexican food is infused with flavor, spice, and is one of the most colorful cuisines on the planet.
Whether you like enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, tacos, tamales, alambres, you name it, there’s something for everyone. One of the key ingredients in many Mexican dishes is ground beef.
This is essential for things like tacos, chili and nachos, but can also be used in bean burritos and other traditional, beloved Mexican meals.
If you can’t get enough ground beef, then this is the page for you. We’ve gathered 15 stunning Mexican ground beef recipes that all of your family and friends can enjoy.
If you’re a food lover, then this delicious Mexican ground beef skillet will dazzle your taste buds and fill you up! It’s full of healthy veggies, will use up your leftover ground beef, and you can make it all in just one pan.
All you’ll need is some garlic, yellow onion, ground beef, taco seasoning, bell peppers, green chiles, black beans, tomato sauce, shredded cheese and some rice. With all of that color and flavor in your food, this dish will be unforgettable.
This recipe is actually really easy too. You’ll have to cook the veggies, by sauteing the garlic, onion and bell pepper in the skillet. Then, move to one side, and add your beef to the pan, sauteing until cooked.
Then, mix the veggies back in, and add the rest of your ingredients to the pan until the rice is cooked to perfection.
If you want to make this simple Mexican dish with ground beef, then again, you’ll need to have your skillet at the ready. Then, season your beef with salt and pepper, and heat the oil in a medium sized skillet over a medium heat.
Add in some chopped garlic and onion for flavor, and a little chopped serrano pepper. We love mixing in some juicy tomatoes and covering the skillet so that it all bubbles and cooks together.
Finally, you’ll need to mix in some chopped cilantro and heat until the flavors infuse the beef and serve with some veggies or your favorite Tex Mex rice.
How could we write a list of Mexican dishes with ground beef without including some traditional beef tacos?
The great thing about this recipe is that it is actually so easy to make and it’s absolutely delicious. Just make sure you have all of your favorite toppings such as sour cream, avocado and pico de gallo good to go.
To make the perfect tacos, you’ll need to first cook the ground beef until browned, draining off the fat. Then, add your homemade taco seasoning according to instructions and a small splash of tomato sauce to ensure it is nice and moist.
Let the mixture simmer to bring out the flavor, before preparing and frying your tortillas in a skillet. Fold them and fill with your ground taco beef, before topping with cheese and pico de gallo.
Casseroles are also super easy dishes to make, and you can simply feed the whole family at once, which makes prepping and cleaning up time a breeze. To make this ground beef casserole recipe, you’ll need to add some oil to your pan and keep it on a high heat.
Then, throw in some garlic and onions, before adding the beef in to cook. Once your beef is browned, add the Mexican spices as instructed, and top with some peppers.
Next, you need to throw some tomato paste, broth, rice, corn and black beans in, stirring to mix. Then, bring the mixture down to a simmer and cover for about 15 minutes whilst cooking.
The final steps are to add some cheese, stir to mix, and then add the rest of the cheese and allow it to melt over the top for a smooth, cheesy yet tasty finale to the dish.
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If you’re looking for a Mexican inspired snack that you can make, then check out this sweet potato shell recipe.
To make this one, prick the sweet potatoes with a fork, and microwave until soft for about 10 minutes. Whilst the potato cooks, cook beef, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chipotle and salt in a skillet over medium high heat.
Mix some water and tomato paste together, add that to the pan and stir in your favorite shredded cheese.
Finally, all you have to do then is half the sweet potatoes, mashing them a little so that the mixture can sit nicely on top of the potato shell. Finish with some lettuce, pico de gallo and cheese.
Who doesn’t love a taco tuesday? For your next Mexican inspired cooking night, try making some tasty, spicy chipotle beef tacos with avocado and pico de gallo.
Whether you make your own avocado and pico de gallo, or buy some, these two pair perfectly together on top of your beef tacos. To make the tacos themselves, heat onion, salt and garlic in a skillet until tender.
You’ll have to make the chipotle mix yourself with tomato paste, dried oregano, cumin, chipotle chile pepper, black pepper, beef broth and salt. Mix with the onion and blend.
Then, cook the ground beef over a medium high heat until brown and drain off the fat. Add the onion mixture back in and cook until simmering. Serve with warm tortillas and enjoy. That’s really all it takes!
We love a ‘One Pot’ recipe, just because they’re such low maintenance and easy to make, even as a cooking novice. This recipe is perfect for cheese lovers, as it’s full of gooey, cheese goodness.
For this one, you’ll need a saute pan with melted butter. Then, cook your ground beef and diced onions, before adding in chicken broth, water and some instant rice.
Stirring is key with this dish, so keep stirring and add some salsa, chili sauce, green chilies, taco seasoning, and canned corn. Stir the mixture well, and leave to simmer.
Finish with two cups of shredded cheese, and stir it in, before topping with any remaining shredded cheese you have, and sprinkle some chives on the top to serve up the dish.
Nachos are another staple of Mexican cuisine, and are also easy to make. To make chili cheese beef nachos, you’ll first need to cook the beef, onions, bell peppers and garlic in a skillet, and ensure the beef is crumbling.
Then, add some chili powder, oregano, cilantro and stir. With some canned tomatoes on top, you can ensure that this chili mixture is juicy and delicious. Then, pour this mixture and some cheese over your nacho chips and enjoy.
Another traditional Mexican dish that everyone should try in their lifetime is a Cheesy Enchilada. This recipe involves ground beef, and is packed with tasty vegetables.
To make it, all you’ll need to do is melt some butter in a saucepan, with flour and whisk until thick before adding some milk. Once the mixture is thick enough, add in the cheddar cheese and parmesan and whisk until smooth to make your cheese sauce base.
Grab a baking dish, and get started on your homemade filling by cooking the beef, onion, bell peppers and veggies in a skillet over medium heat. Mix in chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and corn and stir until fragrant.
Then, all is left to do is arrange your tortilla wedges in the pan, adding the beef mixture and some cheese sauce, and top the enchiladas in the sauce before baking until crispy.
If you need something to warm you up during the colder months, then a soup sure will do the trick. Why not try making some homemade Mexican inspired taco soup? It’s super hearty, filling and delicious.
To make this taco flavored soup, you will need to heat a splash of oil in a saucepan, adding in poblano pepper and onion, before adding in the ground beef, and stirring until nice and crumbly.
Then, throw in a little garlic, chili powder, oregano, cayenne and cumin. Stir and cook until fragrant, before adding in some black beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, canned corn and a sprinkling of salt. Simmer the soup and serve with a little cilantro on top.
We often enjoy a tasty, crumbly pastry from time to time. Whether it’s a dumpling, samosa or Cornish pasty. Mexico has its own version; the empanada. For this recipe, you’ll need to make your own dough, along with the beef filling.
To make the most delicious Mexican filling, you’ll have to mix the ground beef, shredded cheddar, shredded monterey jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, chopped tomatoes, black pepper, tomato paste, garlic, paprika and other herbs and spices to give these empanadas the best flavor.
12. Tex Mex Pizza
Try this pizza recipe with a Mexican twist! First, brown your mince, with taco seasoning, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to prep your pizza topping.
Then, grab 3 tortillas and place them on a baking sheet. Top with refried beans, the beef mixture, and a little bit of cheese, and bake until nicely melted.
Love Taco Bell, but want to stay in and cook for yourself? Give this copycat Taco Bell recipe a go!
You’ll need to cook onion, garlic, ground beef with a little bit of spice and salt and pepper until browned, before spreading a nice layer of nacho sauce over some tortillas.
Then, add the ground beef mixture over the top, with some cheddar cheese, and fold to make quesadillas. Finally, cook in a skillet until golden brown and slightly crispy, but still soft on the inside just like Taco Bell does it.
Fed up of deep frying? Try an oven baked Mexican taquito recipe. It’s like a little roll up that you can enjoy with guacamole, sour cream, and a little pico de gallo. This recipe is also nice and healthy, with shredded zucchini, and your ground beef.
Craving some tacos, but don’t want the carbs? Why not have some stuffed taco flavored peppers? All you need to do is cook your onion and garlic in a skillet, before browning the ground beef. Then add chili powder, cumin, paprika and a little salt and pepper.
Then, drizzle some bell peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper, and place them on a baking dish. Spoon the seasoned ground beef mixture into each pepper, fill with shredded cheese and bake for about 20 minutes for a cheesy, tender stuffed bell pepper.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Keep Ground Beef Moist For Tacos?
One of the ways in which you can keep your beef moist for Mexican tacos is to use a tomato based sauce or add in canned tomatoes to give it taste and juiciness.
Otherwise, you can simply add your avocado, pico de gallo or sour cream to infuse flavor and keep the meat moist.
What Is Ground Beef Called At Mexican Restaurants?
With so many different Mexican restaurants around the globe, there may be different terms for ground beef depending on your location.
That being said, for the most part, ground beef would probably be called carne molida, which translates to ground beef in Spanish, or carne picada, which means ground meat.
What Kind Of Seasoning Do Mexican Restaurants Use On Ground Beef?
For traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, restaurants will use a recipe of paprika, chili powder, dried onion, and cumin to create that taco seasoning that we all love. Some may also involve enchilada sauce to get extra flavor, or a splash of hot sauce to spice things up.