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    The 35 BEST Leftover Taco Meat Recipes

    If you’re wondering what to do with leftover taco meat, you’re in the right place!

    Taco night was a success, but now you have tons of leftovers. But don’t let them go to waste, try these amazing Leftover Taco Meat Recipes!

    Repurpose those leftovers into something new and delicious! These creative ideas will help make sure your taco meat gets the best second act.

    From soups to pastas, casseroles to breakfast ideas, and so much more, there are many ways to give your taco Tuesday leftovers a new twist.

    Cook your way through all of these easy and delicious leftover taco meat recipes. You’ll be glad you did!

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    Leftover Taco Meat Recipes:

    1. Mexican Ground Beef Tacos

    Guys, let’s make taco Tuesday nights unforgettable with our best Mexican Ground Beef Tacos.

    It’s a super fun and easy meal, especially if you have leftover taco meat. Your whole family will relish this awesome dinner for sure.

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    2. Taco Pasta

    Taco Pasta!! Now that’s a taco lover’s sweet dream. All your favorite taco flavors get cheesy and creamy, mixed in with any type of your preferred pasta, and Taco Pasta happens. How cool!!

    Believe me, this dish is hands down irresistible. It has bold homemade taco seasoning that’s needed for the zest in the creamy, cheesy pasta sauce. So good!

    Get the Recipe

    3. Taco Salad

    Want something light and flavorful for dinner? Then try this Taco Salad and relish it as a healthy version of taco night.

    This colorful and fresh salad consists of wholesome ingredients and flavors that make this salad super filling and addictive.

    You can also use your leftover taco meat to make this amazing salad.

    Get the Recipe: Taco Salad

    4. Taco Skillet

    This Taco Skillet will be a big game-changer recipe for you, as it’s super easy, super quick, and loaded with delicious cheesy flavors.

    You can easily make endless tasty meals out of this all-rounder dish. So keep this recipe super handy.

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    5. Taco Casserole

    Convert your favorite handheld Mexican delicacy into fantastic comfort food with this Taco Casserole recipe.

    This casserole will completely win your heart with its mind-blowing delicious ingredients and flavors. It’s an amazing contender to feed a hungry crowd.

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    6. One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    Yet another stunning recipe to add to your weekly rotational menu is our One Skillet Mexican Casserole.

    This fabulously quick and easy recipe is made using all pantry staple ingredients, and the awesome Mexican flavors are just too good. You can use leftover taco meat if you are short on time.

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    7. Taco Soup

    Who can really resist loaded Taco Soup on any day? Here is the best and easiest Taco Soup Recipe ever.

    This hearty ground beef soup is perfectly seasoned with easy homemade taco seasoning and has all the right Tex-Mex flavors along with veggies, corn, and beans. It’s one of our favorite leftover taco meat recipes!

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    8. Nachos

    Folks, make your game day or any other get-together epic with this ultimately delicious and fantastically loaded Nachos recipe.

    All the incredible ingredients taste amazing together. You can use leftover meat to make it super quick. So just enjoy this amazing snack with your family and friends.

    Get the Recipe @ apinchofhealthy

    9. Taco Pizza

    Do you have a lot of leftovers of taco meat, and don’t know what to make? We’ve got you covered with the simplest and tastiest recipe ever Taco Pizza.

    The excellent pizza dough is covered with beans, salsa, beef, cheese, and many other favorite ingredients to make this pizza a winner.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlwhoateverything

    10. Taco Quesadillas

    Taco Quesadilla is a popular recipe from Tik Tok, and you can easily recreate the most viral dish at home.

    This flavorful and stunning recipe is all about filling four different taco fixings in each quadrant, and then golden browning in the pan. You will enjoy every bite of this Mexican handheld delight for sure.

    Get the Recipe @ familyfreshmeals

    11. Enchiladas

    Another smashing recipe to use your leftover taco meat is these amazing enchiladas.

    This Mexican dish is a flavorful gift that you can give to your family. It is amazingly simple to make, but has seriously delicious flavors. Enjoy.

    Get the Recipe @ iwashyoudry

    12. Taco Bowl

    Taco Bowl is a fun and tasty way to enjoy your classic tacos, but in deconstructed version.

    You will love all the flavorful and filling ingredients and textures in a single bowl, and it’s super customizable too. So indulge in this amazing new-age Taco Bowl tonight!

    Get the Recipe @ yourhomebasedmom

    13. Taco Pinwheels

    You can make restaurant-worthy pinwheels at home with this wonderful Taco Pinwheels recipe.

    This straightforward recipe makes simple ingredients absolutely fancy and can easily be the contender for your special events appetizer.

    Get the Recipe @ ohsweetbasil

    14. Taco Spaghetti

    Have you ever given your favorite spaghetti a Mexican touch? If not, then you are really missing out on major flavors.

    Taco Spaghetti will make you experience true deliciousness. Taco meat in the delicious sauce gives your spaghetti a new avatar, which is seriously hard to resist.

    Get the Recipe @ spaceshipsandlaserbeams

    15. Taco Lasagna

    Another recipe where Mexican flavors are made in Italian style and create a show-stopper dish is Taco Lasagna.

    Taco Lasagna, a remarkable dish, blends the vibrant flavors of Mexico with the finesse of Italian cooking techniques. It’s one of our favorite leftover taco meat recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ dinnerthendessert

    16. Walking Taco 

    Walking Taco is the best concept for an easy snack on the go, or for outdoor events.

    It is a great use for your leftover meat. Just dump all your beloved toppings in a bag and make this dish a super hit. It’s one of the most creative leftover taco meat recipes out there!

    Get the Recipe @ julieseatsandtreats

    17. Tostadas

    Make these droll-worthy tostadas, and totally wow everyone.

    This crowd-friendly Mexican delicacy is super easy, and is the most versatile dish you will ever make. So get ready to have fun with this spectacular dish.

    Get the Recipe @ tastesbetterfromscratch

    18. Loaded Breakfast Taco Bowls

    Start your beautiful day with this Loaded Breakfast Taco Bowls, and you will be full and satisfied for a very long time.

    This phenomenal recipe is great to put your leftover meat to good use, and the other hearty ingredients make it just amazing.

    Get the Recipe @ paleorunningmomma

    19. Taco Pasta Bake

    Meet your family’s new favorite comfort food, Taco Pasta Bake. This first-class recipe is loaded with ground beef, salsa, pasta, and lots of cheese to make it an ultimate bake.

    So just relax and enjoy your weeknight dinner with this Italian-Mexican fusion dish.

    Get the Recipe @ createkidsclub

    20. Lettuce Wraps

    Satisfy your taco craving without sabotaging your healthy eating goals! Introducing Taco Lettuce Wraps – a quick and easy low carb dinner option.

    Leftover taco meat and fresh Mexican toppings come together in every juicy bite. Say goodbye to the guilt and hello to the flavor explosion that awaits!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    21. Burritos

    Burritos also can be a delicious rescuer for leftover taco meat. This tasty, messy Mexican treat is loaded with ground beef, refried beans and cheese all wrapped up in a tortilla.

    This is one handheld meal the whole family will love!

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    22. Taco Ring

    Get ready to impress your taste buds with a stunning culinary creation that puts a fun twist on classic Tacos!

    Introducing the Taco Crescent Ring – a mouth-watering meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights, as an appetizer, or even as a show-stopping potluck dish.

    With its easy-to-follow recipe, you’ll have everyone drooling over this scrumptious dish in no time.

    Get the Recipe @ littlesunnykitchen

    23. Taco Stuffed Peppers

    Here’s an excellent recipe to transform your leftover taco meat into a delightful dish – Taco Stuffed Peppers.

    Indulge in this comfort food that’s not just delicious, but also incredibly easy. Don’t wait any longer, dive into the goodness of these savory stuffed peppers right away!

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    24. Taco Pie

    How about a delightful way to indulge in your taco cravings? Say hello to taco pie, a mouth-watering dish that has beef, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and cheese spread over layers and layers.

    And, the best part? All of this goodness is rolled in a soft, crescent roll crust that’s baked to perfection, acquiring that golden-brown, bubbly texture that you just can’t resist.

    Get the Recipe @ amandascookin

    25. Taco Dip

    Make an impression when you bring this Taco Dip to any special occasion.

    This layered dip is loaded with taco-seasoned cream cheese, sour cream, taco meat, black beans, cheese, and more. This dip is going to be your new centerpiece for sure.

    Get the Recipe @ averiecooks

    26. John Wayne Casserole

    Yet another super comforting and filling casserole for you to try is this cheesy, meaty John Wayne Casserole.

    This recipe is just divine. It’s made with layers of buttery biscuits, delicious taco meat, veggies, tomato, chiles, and cheese, then baked to gooey perfection.

    Your whole family will love this hearty meal.

    Get the Recipe @ littlesunnykitchen

    27. Taco Stuffed Pepper Casserole

    This Taco Stuffed Pepper Casserole is the deconstructed version of your favorite stuffed peppers.

    Make an absolutely delicious weeknight meal that is loaded with bold Tex-Mex flavors, and can be made in just one pan. It will be one of your go-to leftover taco meat recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ cravinghomecooked

    28. Taco Stuffed Avocados

    Are you a fan of avocados? Then make these awesome Taco Stuffed Avocados, and surprise everyone with this delish and hearty meal.

    Your ripe avocados turn into a super Mexican treat with all your taco favorite toppings. This dish is a real hit.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    29. Mini Taco Bites

    Get ready to spice up your next gathering with a crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for any occasion!

    These bite-sized, flavorful party snacks are sure to make mouths water and satisfy even the hungriest of guests.

    Whether you’re hosting a big holiday bash or just catching the game with your family, these Mini Taco Bites will disappear faster than you can say “ole!”

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    30. Breakfast Taco Casserole

    Brace yourself for a mouthwatering treat that will leave you wanting more – a scrumptious Taco Breakfast Casserole that’s packed with all your favorites!

    Sink your teeth into fluffy eggs, gooey cheese, crispy hash browns, zesty peppers, and savory ground taco meat that all come together in one cheesy, dreamy dish.

    Not only is this casserole easy to make, but it’s also perfect for feeding the entire family.

    Get the Recipe @ theroastedroot

    31. Taco Cornbread Casserole

    Give your cornbread a Mexican makeover by making this Taco Cornbread Casserole.

    We guarantee you all will fall in love with this flavorful and super satisfying dish, where cornbread is topped with sour cream, taco meat and plenty of cheese.

    If you’re like us, it will be one of your top leftover taco meat recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ thecountrycook

    32. Taco Pasta Salad

    This Taco Pasta Salad is a bold Mexi-flavored goodness that is perfect to serve at your potlucks and cookouts.

    You will love this recipe, as it’s super duper customizable so you can easily make it your own. Make a large batch and enjoy leftovers for days.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    33. Breakfast Taco Breakfast Burritos

    Get ready to spice up your usual breakfast routine with these Mexican Taco Breakfast Burritos! T

    his delicious dish is bursting with bold Tex-Mex flavors that will leave your taste buds singing. Packed with hearty ingredients and just the right amount of zest, every bite is sure to brighten up your morning.

    Get the Recipe @ sweetandsavorymeals

    34. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    Another cracking recipe for leftover taco meat is these Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

    This comforting Mexican inspired meal is healthy, filling, and extremely delectable. You will love this pocket-friendly dish, which is perfect to feed a crowd.

    Get the Recipe @ savorandsavvy

    35. Taco Zucchini Boats

    We are wrapping up this list of leftover taco meat recipes with these delicious Taco Zucchini boats!

    This low-carb delight will make an outstanding dinner with awesome taco filling and gooey cheese, making it a winner meal.

    Even the kids are going to relish these flavorful boats, so just enjoy!

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

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    35 BEST Leftover Taco Meat Recipes

    This collection of easy Leftover Taco Meat Recipes will have you enjoying your favorite flavors in completely new forms!


    • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
    • 1lb ground beef
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1.5 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
    • 1/2 cup water


    1. Mix all taco seasoning ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Heat up a skillet over medium high heat, and add in a tablespoon of oil. Add in the ground beef and break it up with a wooden spoon or spatula.
    3. Let it cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes, then give it a stir. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the beef is fully browned.
    4. Stir in seasonings, tomato sauce and a little water. Mix everything well and simmer for a couple of minutes.

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