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What to Do with Leftover Taco Meat

If you make tacos for dinner and there happens to be leftovers, or you like to make a double batch and freeze for later, here are 30+ delicious ideas on what to do with leftover taco meat!

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What is your favorite day of the week. I would say it’s Taco Tuesday but why restrict tacos, or any other delicious Mexican food, to just one day?

Any day that ends in “Y” is a great day to cook up some tender ground beef, ground turkey, or even chicken. The smell of it simmering in homemade taco seasoning, is enough to make my mouth water!

I love to make my taco meat in the crockpot because I can make a large batch and have leftovers. I store them in 1-2 pound packages in the freezer for dinner emergencies. Now I can pull out a package and make any of these delicious dishes!

For tips and tricks on handling leftovers, check out this article on how long taco meat is good for so you can have some ready when you are.

avocado taco boats

1. Avocado Taco Boats

These avocado taco boats are a delicious twist on tacos! It’s made with creamy avocado halves filled with taco meat and fresh toppings!

taco bell mexican pizzas

2. Mexican Pizza

Host a build your own Mexican Pizza Party as a way to freshen up your fiesta just in time for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you are in the mood for Mexican!

taco stuffed peppers

3. Taco Stuffed Peppers

Filled with seasoned ground beef, onions, cheese and more, these Taco Stuffed Peppers are packed full of flavor. They taste so good, your family will want them for dinner every night!

taco lasagna

4. Taco Lasagna

This taco lasagna is layers of flour tortillas, melted cheese, beans, veggies and ground beef, all baked together until golden brown. The ultimate Mexican casserole that is always a big hit with both kids and adults!

bowl of taco soup with limes and jalapeno

5. 7 Can Taco Soup

This Taco Soup recipe is easy to make with ground beef and your favorite taco ingredients. It can be made on the stove top or in the Crock Pot and also makes the best freezer meal for easy lunches and dinners.

turkey taco skillet

6. Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

This turkey taco quinoa skillet is an easy, gluten-free, delicious weeknight meal that comes together quickly or can be made with leftover taco meat. Made with cheese, quinoa, ground turkey, black beans, veggies, these ground turkey quinoa bowls will be a new favorite!

layered taco salad

7. Layered Taco Salad

This Chopped & Layered Taco Salad Recipe is a family favorite. Serve this healthy layered taco salad at parties and potlucks.

taco crescents

8. Taco Crescents

These Easy Taco Crescents are the perfect appetizer, snack, party food or easy meal! Taco meat and pepper jack cheese wrapped in crescent dough can be made in 20 minutes with only 5 ingredients. Our family relies on quick recipes like this to get us through busy weeks.

clear dish of 7 layer taco dip

9. Layered Taco Dip

This layered taco dip is about to be your go-to dish when a potluck is in question. Make it traditionally with ground beef or go vegetarian with refried beans.

burritos on white plates

10. Beef and Cheese Burritos

Save that leftover taco meat and turn it into burritos! This recipe is quick, easy and sure to be a hit.

scoop of pasta

11. Taco Pasta

Cheesy Taco Pasta is bursting with flavor and texture and is ready in less than 30 minutes! Hearty meat, tomatoes, and pasta, smothered in a creamy taco spiced sauce, that’s topped off with melty cheese makes this a meal that the whole family will love!

salad prep bowls with tacos

12. Taco Salad Meal Prep Bowls

These Taco Salad Meal Prep Taco Bowls are made with healthy ground turkey and filled with black beans, sweet corn, shredded cheese, crisp lettuce, and all your favorite toppings. Enjoy these delicious Taco Bowls for dinner and repurpose the leftovers into perfectly portioned make-ahead meal prep lunches.

taco pasta salad

13. Taco Pasta Salad

This delicious twist on a taco salad is one of my favorite recipes. Featuring seasoned ground beef, green peppers, and tangy Catalina dressing (or French dressing if you prefer), this taco pasta salad recipe is ready to serve in no time!

taco pockets

14. Taco Pockets

If you are looking for a handheld pocket of joy, these taco pockets are just what you need. Regular biscuit dough filled with the most perfect, savory taco filling – sounds like perfection, right?

walking tacos

15. Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos are a fun, delicious, and inexpensive way to feed a crowd! The perfect portable party food and everyone can make them with all their favorite toppings!

hand holding nachos topped with beef and tomatoes

16. Nachos Supreme

This Nachos Supreme recipe will take you back to those midnight runs to Taco Bell during your college days. But now, you can make it right in your kitchen!

walking taco casserole

17. Walking Taco Casserole

A Walking Taco Casserole takes a stroll along everything that makes a walking taco great, like quick and easy to make, delicious to eat. Serve it in individual Frito bags and make it portable, or you around the table for a delicious lunch or dinner.

turkey taco bowls

18. Turkey Taco Bowl

This Turkey Taco Bowl Recipe is a well-balanced, easy lunch or dinner that’s perfect for meal prep and a great way to use leftover taco meat. These bowls are good for picky eaters too; you can set up a “taco bowl bar” so everyone can add their favorite toppings.

overhead picture of three tacos with cheese and beans

19. Taco Bell 5 Layer Burrito

Use leftover taco meat to make this Taco Bell Beefy 5 Layer Burrito copycat the easy way! It’s better than the original (at least in my very honest opinion).

taco quesadilla

20. Taco Quesadilla

Ready in 15 minutes or less, this Easy Corn Tortilla Quesadilla (Taco Quesadilla) is a crispy tortilla loaded with a gooey melting cheese and flavorful filling – a perfect recipe for leftover taco meat or shredded chicken! It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner, delicious appetizer, or snack.

taco empanadas

21. Taco Empanadas

Deliciously flaky, flavorful, and spicy, Taco Empanadas are so delicious, and perfect for summer picnics and gatherings. Made with homemade empanada dough, ground beef, Mexican spices, and cheese, these Mexican hand pies are the best!

taco ring

22. Taco Ring

This Taco Ring is a stunning and delicious appetizer or main dish that everyone will love. Taco seasoned ground beef and melty cheese wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust of crescent rolls. Make one for Taco Tuesday or any night of the week!

frito pie casserole

23. Frito Pie Casserole

Rich and hearty beef mixed with tomatoes, green chilies, Ranch beans, and taco seasoning, topped with crunchy Frito corn chips and gooey cheese. This Frito Pie Casserole is a family favorite for sure!

doritos taco salad

24. Doritos Taco Salad

Delicious Tex-Mex Doritos Taco Salad is loaded with ground beef taco meat, kidney beans, cheese, green onions, avocado, tomatoes and Nacho Cheese Doritos. It’s a family favorite that we like to serve at potlucks and family dinner on hot summer nights!

indian tacos

25. Navajo Tacos

Authentic Indian Tacos made with Indian Frybread are a meal that you are going to crave over and over. Light, airy, and puffy fry bread made in a skillet or fryer, filled with your favorite taco ingredients, or dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with honey for a scrumptious dessert.


26. Taco Bell Enchirito

Remember the Enchiritos at Taco Bell back in the day? Soft flour tortillas wrapped around taco seasoned ground beef and refried beans, topped with a flavorful red enchilada sauce and melty cheese?

It’s been a while since you could “make a run for the border” and order and Enchirito, but that’s okay – making them at home is so much better anyway. Especially with these great tips and tricks!

5 bean dip with taco meat

27. Taco 5 Bean Dip

Five beans swirled together with cream cheese, Rotel and lots of cheese, baked up until hot and bubbly. Top with tomatoes and green onions before serving this Hot Taco Five Bean Dip with tortilla chips.

taco baked potato

28. Taco Loaded Baked Potato

Buttery baked potatoes, loaded with taco meat, cheese and sour cream. Served up with lettuce and tomato and all of the taco toppings you can dream up!

taco stew

29. Taco Stew

The looks of a classic beef stew, made with potatoes, carrots, onions, and chunks of beef gone Mexican style! Add in the spice of Rotel, taco seasoning, and both pinto and black beans, and you have put a new twist on Taco Tuesday! Make it on your stove top or in your crock pot. Top it with sour cream, cheese and corn chips!

taco tot casserole

30. Taco Tot Casserole Recipe

Taco Tuesday will never be the same – we have merged the taco and the beloved tater tot casserole to make this delicious (and EASY!) family meal! 

spaghetti squash taco boats

31. Spaghetti Squash Taco Boats

Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats are stuffed with ground chicken, diced tomatoes, avocado, and lots of cheese! They have tons of flavor and are so easy to make.

taco zucchini boats

32. Taco Zucchini Boats

Bursting with flavor and summertime goodness, Whole30 Taco Zucchini Boats are a dinner the whole family will adore! Hollow out fresh zucchini and fill with a ground beef-onion-zucchini-salsa filling before baking to perfection. Insanely flavorful with just the right amount of heat, these satisfying Whole30 Taco Zucchini Boats bring taco flavors to the table without wheat, corn OR dairy! These zucchini boats are one of our favorite meals!

taco chili

33. Taco Chili

Ground beef, taco seasoning, beer, corn, olives, salsa and black beans all come together for a quick and incredibly satisfying dinner. This chili recipes has all the flavors you love in a good taco, but you’ll enjoy the taste as a hearty soup instead!

taco wonton cups

34. Wonton Taco Cups

These mini wonton taco cups have layers of crunchy wonton shells, seasoned beef and melty cheese, topped with delicious things like guacamole and sour cream, they’re perfect for an easy appetizer!

Mexican stuffed shells with taco meat

35. Mexican Stuffed Shells

These Mexican stuffed shells are a fun twist off of traditional Italian style stuffed shells, usually filled with a mixture of cheeses and topped with marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. Instead these shells are filled with a ground beef and cream cheese mixture, cooked in a bath of enchilada sauce and salsa, all topped with cheddar cheese.

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collage of taco meat recipes

These leftover taco meat recipes are all easy to make and delicious. The whole family will want you to make double the meat so they can have tacos twice a week!

What to do with Taco Meat

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