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Taco Meat Leftovers, Ideas by Readers!

Using leftovers can be a challenge.  Serving them the same way can often be a bore. Earlier this week I made tacos for dinner, feeding my husband, father in law, 4 ½ year old & myself.  The 2 pounds of ground beef proved to be much more than we needed.

Does that ever happen to you?  Maybe it is an intentional extra vat of ground beef, chicken or shrimp that you make in hopes of using a portion for a future meal.  Other times it’s more of a whoops, where you really overestimated the tummy sizes of your dinner guests!

How to Use Leftover Taco Meat

One of our favorite ways to use leftover taco meat is to enjoy it with a baked potato bar. It’s a perfect protein to add atop of a baked white or sweet potato. In a separate post, Baked Potato Bar for Dinner, I share the specifics on how to make one for the family.

More Ways to Use Leftover Taco Meat

Thank you to the fabulous readers of SmartyPantsMama.com, I have a great list of ways to use the taco meat (ground beef) leftovers!  What do you think of the list?  Which leftover creation would be 1st on your list?


  1. Katie suggested…

…add it to beans and make chili. You could also add it to pasta and cheese.

2. Kaley of KaleyinJapan.com suggested…

…mix meat with noodles of choice & some extra sharp cheese!

3.  Angi of http://www. timandangi.com/blog/ said:

…Beef quesadillas with sour cream and guacamole
…Beef and potato burritos (we like to used diced potatoes but you can use any cut of tater)

…Super nachos (meat, beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, veggies, and anything else you like)

…Mexican bowl – Spanish rice with meat and veggies to top it

4.  Amanda of http://www. brandondufau.com said:

…Baked potato
…Chili

5.  Karen said:

…Chilaquiles, a kind of casserole using leftovers. {See her Chilaquiles recipe!}

6.  Wanda of tidbitsandtreasures2011.wordpress.com said:

...stack taco meat on top of a baked potato and then add as many of the traditional taco toppings as the individual wants. This is especially great when the weather is cold because the hot baked potato helps warm the body as well as feed it. Plus, for the best baked potatoes ever, check out this link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guys-big-bite-/the-bomb-bakers-recipe/index.html

7.  Peace, Love and Toys of peaceloveandtoys.wordpress.com said:

…I like to take ground meat, I don’t see why it couldn’t have taco seasoning, and add in some ground up veggies. I just put some carrots, green beans, squash, whatever in a food processor and cook it quickly with the meat. Then, I use spring roll wrappers that have taken a bath in some hot water, and roll a small amount of the meat and veggie mix in the wrappers like I would a burrito. I lightly coat the “spring rolls,” and I use the term loosely, with oil and bake in the oven until the wrappers are crunchy.


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  1. Natalie 14 June, 2011 at 16:45 Reply

    Great ideas, thanks! I love things that make me use everything up. I hate feeling wasteful, but sometimes things get put in tupperware and if I don’t have a plan for it right away , it sits in the back of the fridge for way too long. I’m going to try these!

  2. Andie 14 June, 2011 at 21:11 Reply

    Love it. I always have that stuff leftover. And now a whole list of new ways to use it. Such a creative way to get your links in there!

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