Meat Sauce for Tacos and More

This is a take on a recipe I found when the kids requested that the meat we use for tacos taste more like Taco Bell. After a bit of experimenting on when to add the liquid and spices I backtracked on my long-standing ideas of how to make a roux and that meat and seasonings should be given some time to cook together before adding liquid. Instead the water is the first thing added. The result is a flavor and consistency that the kids enjoy. When something like tacos or enchiladas or taco pie or anything asking for a soupy Mexican-type ground meat is requested this is what I use.


Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 12 minutes


  • 1C water
  • 1lb ground bison


  • 1/4C flour
  • 1T chili powder
  • 1t salt
  • 1/2t dried minced onion
  • 1/2t paprika
  • 1/4t onion powder
  • 1/4t garlic powder
  • 1/4t cumin


  1. Heat water on medium high in a skillet until small bubbles form.
  2. Add meat and break up. Cook and stir until browned.
  3. Add Seasoning and mix.
  4. Reduce heat and let simmer for five minutes.


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