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You will love this flavorful twist to classic tacos with this easy, 20 minute BBQ Beef Tacos recipe! Ground beef simmers with dried seasonings, bbq sauce, corn, and baked beans for that classic sweet & smokey barbecue flavor. Serve inside crunchy corn taco shells and top with your favorite toppings.
BBQ Beef Tacos Recipe
This recipe for bbq beef tacos is such a delicious twist to classic ground beef tacos! These tacos have a perfect sweet & smokey flavor thanks to the bbq sauce and canned baked beans. Easy to make on one skillet pan, and it’s ready for the dinner table in just 20 minutes.
Ground beef simmers with dried seasonings, ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, corn, and baked beans for perfectly seasoned tacos that taste like smokey and sweet barbecue. Be sure and top these off with your favorite taco toppings.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here is the list of ingredients that you will need to make this taco recipe. I also share some tips so that you can have success recreating this recipe in your own kitchen.
- Ground Beef – I prefer using a lean ground beef (96/4) in most of my recipes. You will end up draining the extra grease anyways, so you can really use whatever you prefer.
- Corn – A can of corn is all you need. Use yellow corn, white corn, or a mix of yellow & white corn.
- Baked Beans – Use the original flavor baked beans and not the flavored ones. You do not need to drain these, just dump everything inside the can into the skillet pan.
- BBQ Sauce – I use the brand Kinder’s or Sweet Baby Ray’s. I recommend using the original bbq sauce because the sweeter flavors might over power these tacos.
- Ketchup & Yellow Mustard
- Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder
How To Make Ground Beef Tacos with BBQ Sauce & Baked Beans
Learn how to make these yummy tacos with the easy steps below. Be sure and read to the bottom of the post where there is a printable recipe card, a pin it button so you can save this easy dinner recipe to Pinterest, and a detailed recipe card with all the ingredients and instructions.
- Ground Beef : In a skillet pan, over medium-high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until it’s no longer pink. Drain the excess grease/moisture out from the pan.
- BBQ : Add the remaining ingredients (corn, baked beans, bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, and dried seasonings) and stir. Let it come to a boil and then reduce heat, as needed, and let it simmer for 15 minutes. It should be thickened after the 15 minutes.
- Taco Time : Prepare all your favorite taco toppings and serve with crunchy corn taco shells or soft flour tortillas.
Tips For Success
Here are a few helpful tips so that you can have success with this recipe for your own family.
- Simmer : It’s important to not rush the 15 minute simmer time. During this time, it will thicken and the flavors will develop and mix together perfectly.
- Baked Beans & BBQ Sauce : It’s best to use original of these items and not the flavored ones (like brown sugar, maple, etc.) I highly recommend using original bbq sauce and the original baked beans.
- Tacos : While the meat is simmering prepare all your favorite taco toppings. We like to keep it simple with just shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream. You could also make some salsa verde guacamole or try this cilantro lime salsa verde dressing to drizzle over the top of the tacos.
- Corn : Make sure the corn is drained well before adding it into the skillet pan. Feel free to use any canned corn you want; fiesta corn, southwestern corn, yellow corn, white corn, or gold n white corn mix.
BBQ Beef Tacos FAQ’s
- Serving Suggestions
- Serve these tacos with some easy mexican rice, or try my instant pot mexican rice, you can also make cilantro lime rice.
- For some other side dishes try this fiesta avocado salad, avocado dip, or this southwestern corn.
- You could even turn the taco meat into a nacho bar! Serve with tortilla chips, the bbq beef meat, and then all the toppings. This jalapeño ranch dip or queso dip would be perfect for nacho toppings.
- Can I Freeze Leftover BBQ Beef Taco Meat?
- Yes you can freeze this. Place in a freezer safe Ziploc bag and lay it flat in the freezer. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and then heat it up on the stove top.
- You could probably also put the frozen mix into the slow cooker, with a little splash of water, and let it cook on low heat for a few hours.
- How To Store Leftovers
- Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container, in the fridge, for 3-4 days.
- Leftovers are great for another meal. Use them to make quesadillas, or use as nacho topping with tortilla chips, you can also make taco bowls out of the meat and serve it over some rice.
- Can I Prepare This Ahead of Time?
- This taco meat reheats really well so yes you could make this ahead of time and then reheat when ready.
- You could also make it and then leave it in a slow cooker, on the warm setting, and let it simmer for a few hours that way.
More BBQ & Recipes To Try
- BBQ Baked Beans (with Canned Beans!)
- Slow Cooker Zesty BBQ Chicken
- Root Beer BBQ Shredded Chicken
- Baked Bean Chili
BBQ Beef Tacos
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 can (15 oz) corn drained well
- 1 can (16 oz) original baked beans do not drain
- 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- corn taco shells or flour tortillas
- shredded cheese
- chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo
- sour cream, green onion, cilantro, guacamole, etc
- In a large skillet pan, over medium-high heat, cook and crumble the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease/moisture.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir together. Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes, or until thickened.
- Serve with corn taco shells and taco toppings of your choice.