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How Much Taco Meat Per Person Recipe For A Party

Gina Dickson
If you are hosting a Mexican dinner party, this is the taco meat recipe you will need to know how much taco meat per person to serve. Blend in the authentic homemade taco seasoning with quality beef, and your tacos are sure to be a hit with everyone. 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.


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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 3.5 4 ounce servings
Calories 364 kcal


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

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  • Start with good-quality raw ground beef. I like to use organic 93% lean 7 % fat.
  • 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.
  • Simmer the meat and seasoning on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir every few minutes to help eliminate the meat sticking to the pan.

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*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. 


  • 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.


Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 13gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 822mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 5mg
Main Dish
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