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Beef and Bean Taco Meat

Classic ground beef taco meat bulked up with black beans and seasoned with a homemade taco spice blend creating a delicious and healthy filling for tacos, burritos, nachos, and salads!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Beef and Bean Taco Meat

  • 1 lb lean ground beef ground turkey or chicken will work too
  • 1 15 oz can black or pinto beans about 1-1½ cups
  • homemade taco seasoning (ingredients below) OR a packet of taco seasoning will work
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce or about ½ cup
  • ½ cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 2 tsp chili powder *see notes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt reduce by half if using regular table salt or fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper more or less depending on spice level preference (optional)


  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat add ground beef and black beans and sprinkle with some salt. Break up the meat and beans while cooking.

  2. When the meat has browned add in the taco seasnoing and stir to coat. Let it cook for a couple minutes then add in the tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil while stirring and then simmer for about 10-15 minutes to let the flavors really get to know each other.

  3. When the meat is done then add it as a delicious filling to tacos, burritos, taquitos, enchiladas or throw it on top of some nachos or a salad! Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Makes 3 1/2 cups. Serving 1/2 cup. 

WW Green: 3 Points | WW Blue: 2 Points | WW Purple: 2 Points 

150 calories | 5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 1g sugar, 0g added sugar, 16.5g protein 


*Note chili powder: Chili powder comes in a number of different brands and varieties and it can be spicy! I have multiple ones on hand, but when I’m using it for a recipe that I know my four year old daughter will eat I stick to McCormick because it’s mild in spice, but still full of flavor. If you’re unsure about the one you have, give it a taste! If you think it’s spicy add it into the taco and bean mixture separately just a little at a time.