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Aerial view of ground beef tacos in charred corn tortillas, sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, and chopped cilantro.

Easy Ground Beef Tacos

Easy ground beef tacos make a delicious and quick gluten-free dinner perfect for weeknight dinners. Taco Tuesday is a favorite in our house for a reason... these ground beef tacos are often the star of the night! So simple and so full of flavor. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 tacos
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Megan


For the Beef:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

For Serving:

  • 12 corn tortillas (make sure they're gluten-free)
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  • Preheat large skillet over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Add beef and onions and cook over medium heat, breaking up the beef as it cooks. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until beef is browned and no pink remains. Drain extra fat. 
  • Add water and spices to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until water is absorbed by the meat. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Carefully heat corn tortillas over gas burner flame for 20-30 seconds to char the edges of the tortilla. Remove with a spatula and repeat with remaining  tortillas. Alternatively, you can place corn tortillas in an oven at 350F for about 3-4 minutes in order to heat them up. 
  • Serve with diced avocado, tomato, cilantro, and shredded cheese. 


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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