Taco Bell Style Tacos

Taco Bell Style Tacos
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Taco Bell Style Tacos! More specifically, Taco Seasoned Ground Beef with that Taco Bell texture. For the Taco Seasoning, Use 1 pack of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning per 1 lb. of Ground Beef.


Beef, water, seasoning [cellulose, chili pepper, maltodextrin, salt, oats (contains wheat), soy lecithin, spices, tomato powder, sugar, onion powder, citric acid, natural flavors (including smoke flavor), torula yeast, cocoa, disodium inosinate & guanylate, dextrose, lactic acid, modified corn starch], salt, sodium phosphates. Contains: Soy, Wheat


Chili Pepper, Maltodextrin, Salt, Onion Powder, Spice, Corn Starch, Sea Salt (Potassium Magnesium Chloride, Salt). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Vegetable Oil (Canola, High Oleic Soybean And/Or Sunflower Oil), Corn Flour, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Citric Acid, Sugar, Natural Flavor.

Old El Paso Taco Kit

Taco Kit

The Old El Paso Taco Kits are great and contain both the Hard & Soft Shell with the Red Taco Sauce.

Taco Meat Ingredients

This Taco minced meat is made up of Ground Beef, Water, Oats with Taco Seasoning and Tomato Juice added in. Optionally with Apple Cider Vinegar. Combined in such a way to get that texture of a Taco Meat that is very much like Taco Bell.

Taco Meat Mix Ingredients

Taco minced Meat

Combine the below and mix well until all the liquid is absorbed.

  • 1 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1/2 C Water or Beef Broth
  • 3 Tbl Whole Oats
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar – optional

Ground Beef

Use 1 lbs. of a lean or medium Ground Beef. Combine with water, which will cause the meat to break down and take on a paste-like consistency. Almost like a Refried Bean texture.


Add 3 Tbl of Quick Oats per 1 lbs. of Ground Beef to achieve the same texture. The Oats offer water absorption and texture contrast, as well as being a filler.


Add Water to the raw Ground Beef and mix well until fully absorbed. This creates a minced meat that is ideal for a Taco Bell style meat. Use about 1/2 C of Water per 1 lbs. of Beef.


Some form of Acid will definitely lift the flavors up and while optional, I really love what it contributes. Add in about 1 tsp to 1/2 Tbl of Apple Cider Vinegar per 1 lbs. of ground beef. I’d imagine Lemon or Lime juice would work too, but haven’t tested it.

Taco Meat Add ins

Optionally add Onions, Garlic, Tomatoes, Chiles, Peppers, one or more Tablespoons of Refried Beans to the meat mixture or as a condiment when assembling the Tacos. I find the refried Beans to help in the texture and often add it in whenever I have it on hand.

Taco Serving Size

There are about 2 ounces or about 55-60 g of meat for one portion for either the hard or soft shell tacos. With 1 lb of Taco Meat, you should be able to get about 8 Tacos.

Taco Bell Original Beef Taco

Original Beef Tacos, optionally with some Red Taco Sauce.

Taco Bell Original Beef

Homemade Taco Bell Original Beef

It is a portion of Ground Beef (60g) on a crunchy Taco Shell. Then add Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese.


Served either on a hard or soft shell. Optionally toast the Hard Shells in the Oven or the Soft Shells in a skillet.

JAH Tacos


Assemble the Hard or Soft Shell, optionally toasting both.

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Taco Bell Style Tacos

Taco Bell Style Seasoned Ground Meat to serve on Soft or Hard Shell, topped with your favorite toppings and sauce. Prepared in a way to get that same texture as Taco Bell.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Mexican
Keyword: Ground Taco Meat, Hard Shell Tacos, Minced Taco Meat, Paste Taco Meat, Soft Shell Tacos, Taco Bell Style Meat, Taco Meat
Servings: 8 portions
Author: JAH


  • Skillet


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 C Water or Broth
  • 3 Tbl Whole Oats - Optional
  • 2/3 C Tomato Juice
  • 1 pack Old El Paso Taco Seasoning - or 3 Tbl of JAH Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar - Optional
  • 1-2 Tbl Refried Beans - Optional


  • Combine Ground Beef, 1/2 C Water or Broth, Apple Cider Vinegar with Oats and mix really well until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Fry in a skillet over medium-high heat and mix often until all the water has evaporated.
  • Add the Taco Seasoning and 2/3 C Tomato Juice and mix. Continue to cook for 3–5 minutes or until thickened and serve using about 2 oz or 55g-60g per Taco.
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