Spicy Ground Beef Seasoning


With chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic, this savory mixture might be the best taco seasoning for ground beef.

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
8 serves

We've found the best seasoning for ground beef. (At least in our opinion.) Featuring chili powder, cumin, paprika, and fresh garlic, this recipe is great for tacos, burritos, rice bowls, and more. Bonus: It cooks in less than 20 minutes.


  • 4 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck

  • ¼ cup tomato sauce


  1. Combine the chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, onion powder, red pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.

  3. Add the beef and chili mixture and cook, breaking up the beef with a spoon, until brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

  4. Add the tomato sauce and cook, stirring, until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
15g Fat
3g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 363mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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