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Microwave Tacos Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Microwave Tacos

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"This is my mom's recipe for tacos. I really enjoy the way she seasons her meat. Her seasonings are way better than those store bought packs."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Crumble the ground beef into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Cover with glass lid. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes on High. Drain, and stir in chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and water. Cover and return to the microwave. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes on High.
  2. Fill each taco shell with about 2 tablespoons of the ground beef, then top with desired amounts of cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and taco sauce.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 21, 2005

This was great, I was looking for something to replace the packet taco seasoning. I did not microwave the meat, I cooked the usual way in a frying pan, then drained, then added the seasonings and water and let that cook on low for about 10 minutes. This will replace the store bought stuff! Thank you

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 24, 2014

I added 1 tsp of cumin.

Jan 19, 2011

I struggled whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. I thought it was 4 before my additions and 5 after. I cooked on stove and was thrilled to not have to chop an onion~ one less step! I went easy on the cayenne and next time will reduce the salt a bit as well. Thought it was okay as is, but thought it needed more depth of flavor. Added about a tsp of cumin and a generous sprinkling of onion powder. Now it's just right! Bring on the tacos!!

Oct 22, 2006

I followed the recipe to the tee and it was great. The whole family loved it and it didn't taste any different than stove top cooked meat.

Nov 10, 2007

Like the first reviewer, DAVIDNKATE, I was looking for a replacement to the taco packet seasoning. I also make this recipe over the stove with ground turkey. I've been known to throw in a clove or two of garlic as well. It's turned out very tasty each time.

Jun 19, 2008

Good taco meat, not spicy at all, so if you don't like spicy tacos this is the one for you! This didn't make our favorites since we like spicy tacos but it is a good starting point. I did mine stovetop as I'm just more comfortable cooking the traditional way.

Feb 19, 2011

Wow! Surprisingly tasty tacos!!! I wasn't expecting much flavor. Microwaved taco meat??!!!?! Made these today for a get-together with friends. I needed someting easy to prepare as I was running short on time (and energy). Served alongside salsa rice (by Molly Ingle) with beer margaritas (by Big Surprise) to wash it all down, these were very tasty! I made a double batch (big eaters here...), so I had to microwave my meat for close to 11.5 minutes total. Served with hard taco shells, shredded taco seasoned cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, green onion, taco sauce and sour cream. It's amazing how good 'ol "comfort" food tastes. These remind me exactly of my mother's tacos. A great childhood memory. Thanks for sharing. I'll never use taco seasoning again :)

Sep 07, 2010

Cooked it over the stove instead of microwave (I have a problem with gray meat) If you want it spicy, use GOOD cayenne pepper. I also put mine through the food processor a few seconds when it was done to really break up the meat. This is an awesome recipe. I put it in corn tortillas and fried them to brown em a little, added cheddar cheese, lettuce and taco sauce. Voila....just like home, Yum


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  • Calories
  • 321 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 21.4 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 19.6 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 503 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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