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One-Skillet Enchilada Sauce Taco Meat

enchilada sauce taco meat

Having to decide between enchiladas and crispy tacos is the hardest part about going out to a Mexican food restaurant for me.

Thank goodness for combo platters where I can order one of each.

So when it comes to making crispy tacos at home, one of my quick and easy go-to meals is this enchilada sauce taco meat.

Saucy meat in a crispy taco shell tastes soooo good.

And it’s even better when it’s easy to make.

Enchilada Taco Meat

This one-skillet recipe is made with ground beef but if you prefer, ground turkey or even ground pork would taste wonderful too.

The ground beef is cooked with chopped onions, garlic and a few spices.

Then just mix in the enchilada sauce, stir and cook for just a bit.

Next, serve in pre-made or homemade crispy taco shells, and top with shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese, or toppings of your choice and dig in!

Super simple.

But wait, I think I just told you how to make it before getting to the step-by-step pics and directions below.

Well, there are a few extra directions below that you can check out and pictures along the way.

Oh and while we’re on the topic, here’s another delicious easy-to-make saucy taco meat recipe, only this one is made in a slow cooker; “Slow Cooker Taco Meat“.

So let’s check out the ingredients.

enchilada sauce taco meat

Lean ground beef, onion, garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, salt, pepper and red enchilada sauce; and crispy taco shells, shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese, and/or taco toppings of your choice (but then again, you already knew most of this because I spilled the beans too soon).

Here’s how to make it.

onions for taco meat

Chop the onion and…

garlic for taco meat

…garlic.  Set aside for a moment.

olive oil in pan

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.

onions in pan

Add the onion to the pan and…

stir onions in pan

…stir.

garlic in pan

Add the garlic to the pan and stir.

ground beef in pan

Next, add ground beef to the pan…

ground beef in pan

…and using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir while breaking the ground beef into little pieces that are all about the same size so that it cooks evenly.

cook ground beef in pan

Add ground pepper, salt…

cumin in ground beef

…and ground cumin.

cook ground beef in pan

Stir as the ground beef cooks.

Continue until the ground beef is thoroughly cooked (for about 7 to 10 minutes in total).

ground beef in pan

Turn off the heat and transfer the ground beef on to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess grease.

Then put the ground beef back in the pan, and heat the pan on low to medium heat.

enchilada sauce taco meat

Next, to the pan…

enchilada sauce taco meat

…add the enchilada sauce.

enchilada sauce taco meat

Stir until…

enchilada sauce taco meat

…the enchilada sauce is warm and it completely coats the ground beef (about 5 minutes).

enchilada sauce taco meat

Serve while warm in crispy taco shells.

enchilada sauce taco meat

Top with shredded cheddar cheese and lettuce.

enchilada sauce taco meat

Then…

enchilada sauce taco meat

…enjoy.

More delicious Mexican Food recipes:

Corned Beef Taquitos with Homemade Avocado Sauce

Chipotle Lime Tortilla Chips

Pico de Gallo

Easy Guacamole

Crispy Breakfast Quesadillas

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tacos

Homemade Cilantro and Garlic Salsa

Slow Cooker Crispy Pork Carnitas

Slow Cooker Taco Meat

One-Skillet Enchilada Sauce Taco Meat

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon (heaping) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 can (20 ounces) red enchilada sauce
  • Pre-made or homemade crispy taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese, and/or taco toppings of your choice

Directions:

1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil.
2. Add the onions and garlic. Stir.
3. Add the ground beef, ground cumin, salt and pepper. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir while breaking the ground beef into little pieces that are all about the same size so that it cooks evenly.
4. Continue to cook until the meat is thoroughly cooked (about 7 to 10 minutes in total).
5. Turn the heat off and transfer the meat mixture on to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess grease.
6. Add the meat mixture back into the pan. Heat the pan on low to medium heat.
7. Add the enchilada sauce and stir.
8. Continue to stir until the enchilada sauce is warm and it completely coats the ground beef (about 5 minutes).
9. Serve while warm in crispy taco shells. Top with shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese, and/or taco toppings of your choice.

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