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Almost Famous Ground Beef Taco Meat


I had been trying a million ground beef taco recipes in order to replicate the meat from my favorite Mexican restaurant. Finally, I asked for the ingredient list. I played around with amounts, and I think I got it down!

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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 t. glutamate (called Accent in the spice aisle)
  • 1 small and finely diced potato
  • 1/2 of a diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 of a diced onion
  • 1 small diced tomato


Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and water. break up beef (I used a potato masher). Add spices and mash a little more. Add the potato, bell pepper and onion. Cook, uncovered for 10 minutes. Add tomato and cook another 10 minutes or so.

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