How to make Taco Bell crunchy tacos

Taco Bell Tacos are delicious tacos. You can make Taco Bell crispy tacos fresh for your family anytime with our recipe. You could also use this meat as a topping for nachos, inside burritos, and so much more. Enjoy your own homemade Taco Bell tacos in your kitchen with this recipe.

Four homemade Taco Bell tacos on a platter.

Who doesn’t love these famous crispy tacos? Crispy on the outside, a well-seasoned ground beef mixture on the inside, and topped with cool and refreshing lettuce and cheese.

Want to make your own Taco Bell Taco Supreme? Simply add some sour cream and tomatoes are you are on your way to these tasty Taco Bell menu items.

I fell in love with these tacos when I was in college. Back then, you could get lunch for about 2 dollars. A couple of 59 cent menu items and a small drink, you had lunch for just about 2 dollars. I hate to tell you how often I ate Taco Bell during college. It was something like once or twice a week.

This taco seasoned beef from Taco Bell is used in many different recipes. You can use in your own Crunch Wraps, the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza and so many more Taco Bell items.

This recipe is a salt-free version, so it is not an exact duplication of their recipe, but it is really close. You can add salt to the seasoning mix!

You can purchase their retail version of the Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix 1oz (6 Packets), but this one doesn’t contain any artificial flavorings, colorings, and it is pretty easy to make.

If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out how to make a crunchwrap with similar ingredients.

Four homemade Taco Bell Tacos.

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Four homemade Taco Bell Tacos on a platter.

How to Make Taco Bell Tacos

We all want to run to the border, but you can make their famous tacos at home. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Taco Bell Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 236kcal


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon masa harina
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground chuck
  • 12 taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • Sour cream (optional)


  • Beef Filling Mix together all the ingredients except the meat. Stir the spice mix well to make sure that all spices have been blended well. Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet (preferably nonstick) and brown, stirring well. Remove from the heat. Dump the meat into a strainer in the sink, rinse with hot water, and drain off the water and grease from the beef. Return the beef to the pan. Stir in the spice mix and 3/4 to 1 cup water. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until most of the moisture has cooked away. Remove from heat before the meat is completely dry. Tacos If you like, you can refresh the taco shells in the oven at 350 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes. To assemble the tacos, into each shell spoon a couple of tablespoons of the meat. Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream if desired. Serve immediately.



Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. DavidF

    Can you try to figure out their beans recipe? Please, try to copy everything such as their base items, like rice, beans, and some sauces. This way we their menu items at home.

  2. Kathy Johnson

    I just want to give you a big thank you for all your hard work. I am 71 , in my days we had recipe books for all these recipes and now I can just pick up my phone. You have made it all so easy for us foodies.👏Bravo keep up all your hard work because we appreciate it so much.

  3. Nita Lloyd

    Would love to have a recipe for fajitas that were made at Fajita Junction – I know some of their location were Corpus Christi, Tx, Austin, Tx, San Antonio, Tx and I am sure many more.
    Any help with that recipe will be appreciated

  4. Samantha

    The video is not the same as the printed recipe. printed recipe says to rinse and drain the meat before adding seasonings. So which is it??????????

  5. Sybil

    I too remember what Taco Bell used to be. I hadn’t eaten there in years and one day I went with a friend. This isn’t what I wanted or liked. I ate there often in the late 70’s in Houston and I now live in Indiana. I thought maybe it was the locale but I hear you.

  6. Gregg

    At what point did this become a place to flame Taco Bell? I thought this was about Stephanie’s recipe. Tweaks and thank you’s. I understand all the rage and that’s ok, but not here. More posts about big corporations than FOOD. Yup we are here for FOOD! My gosh, I was looking for recipes and ended up listening to people rage about having to breath oxygen to sustain life… Thanks for the recipe Stephanie, keep up the good (hard) work.

  7. The Man You All Want To Be

    I just wasted about 15 mins of my life reading about fast food being unhealthy. Alot of angry people spouting off about things that changed in life. Its nice that someone wants to recreate a part of a delicious and a more healthy option. Thank You ! But all this crap about Yum and unhealthy food is a bit much. Who cares about that crap. Every single day you have choices. You have the power of the internet to research all kinds of things to help with your choice. If you dont like it fine but like all controlling people do, dont try to make others not like it because you have a problem with it. Everyone wants to tell others how to live, decorate, build, drive a car and so on. Let it go… Lets others enjoy it if they want. Someone even mentioned the political term leftist in this ..really ..over a recipe..there are some F-ed up people running around out there so just do what you want and enjoy life while these people suffer in attempst to control y’all…peace and love !!!

  8. Amanda Moore

    I’m so happy I found this recipe. I swore off of Taco Bell a few years ago, but still get the cravings every now and then. This will no doubt satisfy when those cravings hit. Thanks for sharing!

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