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5 from 33 votes

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 Time1 min
Cook Time20 mins
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


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)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.