What to Make with Leftover Taco Meat

Looking for what to make with leftover taco meat? What is the first thing you think of when you hear “leftover taco meat”? I’ll bet it’s not something appetizing. But what if I told you that leftover food can be your best friend? That with a little creativity, those leftovers could become a delicious meal for tomorrow night or even an entirely new dish. And with just a few simple tips and tricks, we’re going to show you how!

what to make with leftover taco meat

How to store leftover taco meat so you can make it later

When cooking taco meat that will be used later, make sure that you use lean ground beef so your taco meat doesn’t end up too greasy. The easiest way to store leftover taco meat is in a covered dish and refrigerated for up to three days. To freeze the leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and place them in the freezer for up to three months. For best results, defrost the meat by placing it in the fridge overnight.

– Taco Pie

– Nachos

– Lasagna

– Pita bread wrap

– Taco salad

– Burrito bowl

As you can see from the above list, there are a few options for what to do with leftover taco meat. You can just put it over a different type of carbohydrate and have it as a whole meal or you can mix things up and try making a different dish – say, tacos – but in a different form, like in a pita bread wrap or as a taco salad.

Leftover Taco Meat Lasagna


  • 1 package lasagna noodles (12 oz)
  • 2 cups shredded Colby cheese (8oz)
  • 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • leftover taco meat

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Mix together the beef and taco seasoning. Layer the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish with about one-third of the cooked pasta, then top with one-third of the cheese, one-third of the meat mixture, and one-third of the soup. Repeat layers two more times. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with a green salad, sour cream, and your favorite taco toppings.

Leftover Taco Meat Burrito Bowl

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can of beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb leftover taco meat
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets or your favorite vegetables to roast in the oven with olive oil and salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cup corn kernels (either canned, frozen, defrosted from frozen, or fresh)
  • Optional: shredded cheese, fresh salsa or pico de gallo

Serves: 4

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Drain and rinse beans and place in a large bowl. Mash the beans with the back of a fork until they are mostly mashed (leave some whole).
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the taco meat and cook until warm, stirring occasionally to break up any clumps of meat.
  4. Combine spices with the vegetables in a large bowl or plastic bag. Sprinkle mixture liberally with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to evenly coat.
  5. Spread vegetables on a large baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Add corn to the baking sheet with the vegetables, toss to combine, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until roasted to desired tenderness. Be sure not to overcook so the veggies don’t burn!
  7. Assemble bowls by dividing the rice, beans, taco meat, vegetables, corn and optional toppings.
  8. Enjoy!

Leftover Taco Meat Pie


  • 1 (8-inch) pie crust
  • 2 cups leftover taco meat
  • 3/4 to 1 cup enchilada sauce (depending on how much ground beef you use)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I like Monterrey Jack or cheddar, but any kind will work)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Press the crust evenly into the pan. Spread taco meat across to form an even layer. Pour enchilada sauce over the meat and spread it so that it covers the entire surface area. Mix sour cream and shredded cheese together in a bowl, then spread it evenly over enchilada sauce. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust is a light golden brown and the edges are bubbling. Allow to cool for five minutes before cutting into slices and serving.

It’s always a good idea to freeze your leftover taco meat so you can use it for later. You could make tacos, nachos, quesadillas and many other dishes with the different types of food. We have covered a few options here that you can try, but there are plenty of other option out there. All you need is a little bit of creativity. But the point is…don’t throw away your leftover taco meat! Save it for another delectable dish.

Check out some other leftover recipes:

What to Make with Leftover Ground Beef

What to Make with Leftover Carne Asada

What to Make with Leftover Sloppy Joes


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