Lose The Spice Packet Taco Meat

Years ago, I found this recipe for taco meat on the back of a bottle of Red Hot.  Nothing could be easier or more flavorful.  A quick and easy meal that only gets better as the flavors marry together… hooray leftovers!  Even though it takes less than a half hour from start to finish, I like to let the meat sit on low in the pan for another hour, just to let the meat soak up all the spices.  If you are serving a crowd that likes a milder flavor, use mild salsa.

Don’t get rid of the fat that runs off the meat!  It imparts so much delicious flavor!  Especially if you are using a combination of turkey meat, it needs all the extra fat it can get.  If you are concerned about the extra calories, simply use a slotted spoon to let some of the juices run off as you serve.

Serve this on a salad, with chips, in tacos, in eggs… you get the idea!  Anyway you choose to enjoy it, I recommend also preparing a Quick and Easy Fresh Guacamole!


  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 packages ground turkey or beef
  • 4 tbs chili powder
  • 1/2 cup red hot
  • 2 cups salsa (I use Tostitos medium salsa)


  • 1. Heat oil on med/med-high heat in a nonstick pan
  • 2. Add both packages of meat into oiled pan
  • 3. Cook meat all the way through, breaking up meat into small pieces as it cooks
  • 4. Add chili powder, red hot, salsa, stir well
  • 5. Enjoy!