Smart Food: 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 woops, where you really overestimated the tummy sizes of your dinner guests!

Thank you to the fabulous readers of, 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…

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

2.  Kaley of suggested…

  • mixing meat with noodles of choice & some extra sharp cheese!

3.  Angi of http://www. 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. said:

  • Baked potato
  • Chili

5.  Karen said:

  • Chilaquiles, a kind of casserole using leftovers. She suggested checking out for the recipe

6.  Wanda of said:

7.  Peave, Love and Toys of 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.



  1. says

    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!
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  2. says

    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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