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30 Leftover Taco Meat Recipes

Delicious and easy leftover taco meat recipes to make with extra ground beef or ground turkey seasoned with taco seasonings.

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Collage of leftover taco meat recipes (taco lasagna, taco appetizer ring, taco pasta)

Our family absolutely LOVES Taco Tuesday, but we always find ourselves with extra taco meat on hand. I hate getting tossing leftovers in the trash, so finding new and unique ideas on what to do with leftover taco meat and results have been amazing!

Some of the prep work is already done from last night’s dinner and your new dinner is filled with flavor and ease!

Sometimes I will even make extra taco meat just to help with the next night’s dinner!

How to Store Leftover Taco Meat

You can easily store any unused taco meat tightly wrapped and covered with aluminum foil or plastic wrap in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

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That means you can make tacos on Tuesdays and enjoy your leftovers up until the weekend!

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Can You Freeze Leftover Taco Meat?

Yes! If you know you won’t use your leftover ground beef in the next few days, simply place it in portioned Ziploc bags, let all the air out of the bags, label them, and freeze!

Frozen ground taco meat will last 2 to 3 months when stored properly in the freezer.

Make sure you are freezing completely cooled ground beef! If you’re ground beef is hot, you could risk melting the bag and melting other foods in the freezer to unsafe temperatures.

Plus, condensation will form in the bag causes a lot of freezer burn. No one wants that!

When you’re ready to use the taco meat, just put it in the fridge the night before.

You will never wonder what to do with leftover taco meat again! This list of meals includes everything from taco casserole to soup, breakfast ideas, and so much more.

Please note that these recipes use pre-made taco meat. If you have raw ground beef, you must cook it before using it in any of these recipes unless noted in the recipe.

And, don’t forget to try our homemade mild taco seasoning recipe here!

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Leftover Taco Meat Recipes

Delicious ways to use up leftover taco meat. They're unique and can be made all with pre-cooked ground beef with taco seasoning!

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Cheesy Taco Lasagna with Noodles

30 Leftover Taco Meat Recipes

Samantha Erb
Unique ways to use up leftover taco meat including this delicious taco lasagna recipe!
4.78 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 462 kcal


  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound leftover taco meat
  • 1 16 ounce sour cream
  • 1 24 ounce jar favorite salsa
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese
  • 3 greens onions chopped and green and white parts separated


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook lasagna noodles according to package. Drain and set to the side.
  • Take out a 9×13 pan and spread a thin layer of salsa on the bottom, then 3
    lasagna noodles covering it. Continue to layer the lasagna as follows:
    salsa, refried beans, taco meat, sour cream, Mexican cheese, lasagna noodles. Repeat until all lasagna noodles are used up.
  • On the top layer, spread an even layer of salsa and Mexican cheese. Top with whites of green onions.
  • Cover the Taco Lasagna with foil and cook for 25-30 minutes until heated through.
  • Uncover and cook for another 5 minutes. This will melt the cheese on top.
  • Remove from oven and top with dollops of sour cream and spread remaining green onions on top.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, reheating prior to eating.


Serving: 1gCalories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 29gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 718mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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