20-Minute Ground Beef & Potato Taco Meat Recipe: Authentic on a Budget by Donna John

20-Minute Ground Beef & Potato Taco Meat Recipe: Authentic on a Budget

Take your tacos up a (homemade) notch by making this easy beef and potatoes taco recipeYou can just as easily add a package of taco seasoning mix if you're in a rush after cooking the potato and browning the ground beef. 

Serve this tasty taco filling recipe in crispy taco shells or flour tortillas with your favorite taco toppings.

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil 
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook, covered, about 10 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until tender and browned. Remove from pan.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until meat is browned and cooked through. Stir in the potatoes and warm through.

Note: Is using taco seasoning, add the recommended amount of water on the package.

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Sounds scrumptious!
Nice change of pace, yum. 😋
Elisa Schmitz
That looks really easy and delicious, Donna John . I love your creativity in the kitchen!
Gwen Johnson
So many authentic mexican restaurants put potato in their taco meat. This looks really good.
I'm not sure if this recipe works as described, I think some ingredients may have been omitted from the list by mistake. I'd probably boil or at least partially cook the potatoes better than this method or else they may not be thoroughly cooked. I think you meant to put taco seasoning in the directions as it's pictured after the fact otherwise, it wouldn't look as pictured. Looks like a good easy recipe otherwise. Spicy meat and potatoes sounds like a great combo for tacos !
Donna John
You can make it with just oregano and cumin, or use a package of taco seasoning. I've never had an issue with the potatoes not being cooked. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
I'm definitely gonna use this, it's genius level simple yet makes so much sense for a hearty combo!

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