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For those who want to know how much taco meat is needed per person, here’s a recipe you can use. Combine high-quality beef with this recipe for homemade taco seasoning to make a delicious and authentic taco filling that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

This recipe makes it easy for you to know how many pounds of ground beef per person for tacos, so be sure to pin this recipe for later. 📌

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Tacos For A Crowd

Hosting a Mexican Dinner Party is easy and fun for everyone. Start by deciding how many people will be on your guest list. Then, create a menu you would like to serve. Be sure to look through my Mexican recipes to get inspired.

Try a new salsa recipe such as Green Tomato Salsa or Authentic Mexican Restaureant Style Salsa. Need some heat with your tacos? Serve this Spicy Pico de Gallo recipe and some Cowboy Candy ( sweet pickled jalapenos). Skip the jar and make your own homemade sauces such as Taco Bell Copycat Red Sauce or Taco Bell Baja Sauce.

️ ️Calculate How Much Ground Beef Per Person For Tacos

Here is a how many pounds of meat per person quick reference chart to pin on Pinterest for your next Mexican Themed Party. It will help you figure out how much taco meat to make for a party, family gathering, taco bar, or big party.

chart with measurements for how much meat to buy when making tacos.

How many pounds of ground beef is a serving for tacos?

It is good to plan how much meat you need when preparing a taco bar for a large crowd. You don’t want to run out before everyone has been served.

The rule of thumb is four ounces of meat fillings per taco shell for the average person. This will calculate to about eight tablespoons or a 1/2 cup per taco.

It is also helpful to consider how much ground beef you will need by thinking through how hearty of an appetite your guest might have. If you are cooking for teenage boys, you might want to up this to 5 oz, per person.

If you serve several other items, such as burritos, quesadillas, rice, and refried beans, your guest will probably only have one taco per person.

How many tacos per person?

On average, you need to plan two tacos per person if you are hosting a taco bar with sides such as rice and beans.

How many tacos does one pound of hamburger make?

One pound (16 ounces) of 93/7 raw ground beef, cooked, browned, and drained, will equal 14 ounces of cooked ground beef. Each taco will need 4 ounces of meat; therefore, one pound of hamburgers yields 3.5 tacos.

How many pounds of hamburgers are needed for tacos when serving a large group?

Figure one pound (16 oz) of hamburger will yield 14 ounces of meat. Each taco needs 4 ounces of meat. So, one pound of cooked and drained hamburger will yield 3.5 tacos.

Take the # of guests x 2 tacos per person = number of tacos needed
Then take the total # of tacos needed divided by 3.5 = number of pounds of raw hamburger needed

How Much Taco Meat For 30 People?

To calculate the amount of taco meat needed for 30 people follow these steps:

  1. Take the number of guests: 30
  2. Multiply by 2 tacos per person: 30 x 2 = 60 tacos needed
  3. Take the total number of tacos needed and divide by 3.5 to get the number of pounds of raw hamburger needed: 60 / 3.5 = 17.14 pounds (approximately)

So, you would need approximately 17.14 pounds of raw hamburger meat to make tacos for 30 people using this formula. Keep in mind that this calculation assumes each person will have 2 tacos, and portion sizes can vary depending on individual preferences and other ingredients you may be using. You may want to round up to ensure you have enough meat for everyone.

How Much Taco Meat To Feed 40

To calculate how much taco meat you need for 40 people using the formula:

  1. Take the number of guests (40) and multiply it by 2 tacos per person: 40 guests x 2 tacos/person = 80 tacos needed.
  2. Next, take the total number of tacos needed (80) and divide it by 3.5 to find the number of pounds of raw hamburger needed: 80 tacos / 3.5 = 22.857 pounds (approximately).

So, you would need approximately 22.857 pounds of raw hamburger meat to make enough taco meat for 40 people. Depending on your preference, you might want to round this up to the nearest whole number for practicality, so you might consider getting 23 pounds of hamburger meat.

How Much Taco Meat For 50?

To determine how much taco meat you need for 50 people, follow these steps:

  1. Calculate the number of tacos needed: Number of guests x 2 tacos per person = 50 x 2 = 100 tacos
  2. Calculate the number of pounds of raw hamburger needed: Total number of tacos needed divided by 3.5 = 100 / 3.5 ≈ 28.57 pounds.

So, you would need approximately 28.57 pounds of raw hamburger meat to make enough taco meat for 50 people. Since it’s not practical to buy a fraction of a pound of meat, you might want to round up to 29 pounds to ensure you have enough for everyone.

What kind of meat is best for tacos?

There are a variety of meats usually used to make tacos; however, the most popular taco meat is beef hamburger. The best taco meat is 93% lean meat content to 7% fat. Having 7% fat will give your meat flavor without making it greasy.

hamburger meat in a grocery package

How To Season Ground Beef For Tacos

A good taco seasoning will have a combination of authentic Mexican seasonings such as chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, Mexican oregano, and cayenne pepper.

It’s easy to make homemade authentic Mexican meat seasoning without additives and preservatives. Be sure to print this all-purpose Mexican Seasoning recipe.

This seasoning is a great way to create an authentic flavor for all your Mexican dishes, not just meats. It keeps well for months in an air-tight jar, and it is economical to make your own.

mexican taco seasoning in a bowl

How To Cook Taco Meat

Tip: Start with good-quality raw ground beef. I like to use organic 93% lean 7 % fat.

  1. Place the hamburger in a medium-sized pan. Using a Meat Chopper, 5 Curve Blades tool, break the hamburger meat apart into small pieces. Place the pan on a burner set to medium heat. As the hamburger cooks, stir with the meat chopper every few minutes to help break up the hamburger.
  1. When the meat is browned with no pink inside, remove the pan from the heat. Prop the pan slightly so the grease will drain to one side. Pull the brown beef to one side of the pan.
  2. With a large spoon, remove the majority of the grease.
  3. Next, place a few pieces of paper towel in the pan to absorb any grease left. Throw the paper towel out and repeat if necessary.
  1. Sprinkle in 3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning mix and 1/3 cup of water. Stir to coat the meat with the seasoning.
  1. Simmer the meat and seasoning on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir every few minutes to help eliminate the meat sticking to the pan.

Best Tip For Cooking Ground Beef

The easiest way to cook a pound of ground beef that is crumbled evenly is to use a meat chopper. The five curved blades help break up the clumps of hamburger easily. This will help your meat cook evenly and give you the perfect texture for taco meat.

Taco Meat Add-Ins For Flavor

  • If you like spicy taco meat, an easy way to add some heat would be to stir in 2 tablespoons of chopped Pickled Cowboy Candy when you add the taco seasoning.
  • Add in one chopped large sweet onion when cooking the beef mixture.
  • Add diced sweet peppers in various colors for a festive look.

Ideas for serving taco meat

  • Nacho Casserol: Layer in a one dish Nacho Casserole.
  • Taco salad: In a large bowl, add lettuce, taco meat, cheese, tomatoes, onions, beans, and any other taco topping you enjoy. Crumble in a few hands full of taco chips. Top with your favorite dressing, such as spicy ranch.
  • Soft tortillas: Roll up with meat, beans and Taco Bell copycat red sauce. Serve with Mexican Tomato Soup.
  • Tortilla chips: Lay your chips out on a baking sheet, sprinkle with cheese, and cooked taco meat. Bake for 10 minutes at 300 degrees or until the cheese is melted and the hamburger is warm.
  • Rice: Mix in with Festive Mexican Rice to create a hearty side dish.
  • Hard shell tacos: Stuff hard taco shells with taco meat, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce, a drizzle Spicy Cashew Cream Sauce, or any other favorite toppings.
  • Walking taco: Open a small bag of Dorritos. Sprinkle taco meat, cheese, lettuce, and salsa on top of the chips. Grab a fork and eat right out of the bag of chips.

Tips for freezing taco meat

  1. First, drain any excess fat from your seasoned taco meat.
  2. Next, allow the cooked meat to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Label and date freezer bags.
  4. Fill quart or gallon-sized zip-lock style bags with taco meat.
  5. Flatten the bags on a baking pan and freeze.
  6. Remove the pan after 24 hours and neatly stack your toco meat bags on top of each other in the freezer.
  7. Taco meat will remain fresh for up to 6 months.

Party Planner

Hosting a fun and relaxing party shouldn’t be a daunting task. Our Party Planner is designed to alleviate the stress of party planning for busy women like you. With a clear layout and comprehensive sections, it provides a step-by-step guide to help you stay organized and on track.

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From creating guest lists and planning menus to setting up decorations and managing timelines, our Party Planner ensures that no detail is overlooked. Spend less time worrying about the logistics and more time enjoying the company of your friends and family.

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Seasoned Taco Meat Recipe For A Party: How Much Per Person

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 3.5 4 ounce servings
If you are hosting a Mexican dinner party or taco bar, it's easy to figure out how much meat per person you will need for your party. This simple calculation sheet ensures that you don't run out of meat or end up wasting food. Note* One pound of hamburger yields 14 oz of cooked meat. This recipe figures 4 ounces of cooked meat per taco. ** Slid the servings on the recipe card for how many tacos you need to make then print your recipe.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound hamburger, 93% lean to 7% fat
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Start with good-quality raw ground beef. I like to use organic 93% lean 7 % fat.
    1 pound hamburger
  • Place the hamburger in a medium-sized pan. Using a Meat Chopper, 5 Curve Blades tool, break the hamburger meat apart into small pieces. Place the pan on a burner set to medium heat. As the hamburger cooks, stir with the meat chopper every few minutes to help break up the hamburger.
  • When the meat is browned with no pink inside, remove the pan from the heat. Prop the pan slightly so the grease will drain to one side. Pull the brown beef to one side of the pan.
  • With a large spoon, remove the majority of the grease.
  • Next, place a few pieces of paper towel in the pan to absorb any grease left. Throw the paper towel out and repeat if necessary.
  • Sprinkle in 3 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning mix and 1/3 cup of water. Stire to coat the meat with the seasoning.
    3 tablespoons taco seasoning, 1/3 cup water
  • Simmer the meat and seasoning on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir every few minutes to help eliminate the meat sticking to the pan.

Notes

*Note this recipe takes into consideration the amount of weight that you lose after the hamburger is cooked and drained. You will get 3.5 servings of 4 ounce taco meat after cooking from each pound of raw meat. 

Variations

  • If you like spicy taco meat, an easy way to add some heat would be to stir in 2 tablespoons of chopped Pickled Cowboy Candy when you add the taco seasoning.
  • Add in one chopped large sweet onion when cooking the beef mixture.
  • Add multi-colored diced bell pepper for a festive look to your taco meat. 
 
Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 364kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 822mg, Potassium: 165mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 202IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 225mg, Iron: 5mg
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Dish
Author: Gina Dickson

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