What To Do with Leftover Taco Meat?

Not only is leftover taco meat a dream to work with if you happen to have it on hand, but it is also so amazing that you should in fact make extra taco meat ahead of time. That way, you’ll have enough meat for all of these fabulous options.

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Can I Use Leftover Taco Meat?

Can I Use Leftover Taco Meat

Worried about whether it is even possible to use leftover taco meat? Of course, you can!

The only real concern you might have is drying out your taco meat, so just be sure that when you make the taco meat, you use plenty of tomato sauce in your dish, so you can enjoy it just as much the second time around.

Of course, you don’t want it so saucy that you can’t make other dishes. You don’t want soup.

Remember that with taco meat, in most cases you’ll be using ground beef, but you can also use ground turkey or chicken instead, and both will work with any of the dish options I’ve included here.

Should I Reheat Leftover Taco Meat?

Should I Reheat Leftover Taco Meat

Before we get into your options for using your leftover taco meat, let’s talk about food safety.

You want to be sure you don’t end up with food poisoning or an upset stomach from poorly handled leftovers.

The general guidelines tell us to heat all leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

But of course, you should always do your own research. To get you started, you can check out the advice from the USDA.


Of course!

If you have leftover taco meat, you should make tacos.

You can never have too many tacos. You can never go wrong with tacos.

So, heat up tortillas, get out your favorite sides, heat the taco meat over medium heat in a pan on the stove, and make your tacos!


If for some crazy reason you’re just over tacos and you can’t imagine having another one, make a burrito!

Burritos are a nice spin on tacos, and they are a convenient food to take on the go if you’re head out the door.

To make your burrito, place your taco meat in a pan on the stove and heat it over medium heat, stirring to make sure the meat doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.

Heat up a large flour burrito-sized tortilla and add your taco meat, refried beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream, then wrap the burrito up so the ingredients don’t fall out.


Taco Salad

One of my absolute favorite things to eat with leftover taco meat is taco salad.

Not because I can’t eat another taco, because of course I can, but because I like to pretend that I’m being healthy while also enjoying taco meat again!

Of course, as an added bonus, a taco salad can be super healthy!

Shred romaine lettuce and mix it with salad greens. Make a nice bed of lettuce on a large plate.

Layer refried beans, taco meat, cheese, salsa, and guacamole. If you must have sour cream, you can add that as well.

You could also consider adding some corn on top to add a bit more crunch.

Typically, the salsa makes up more than enough dressing, so you won’t need any, but you can add some olive oil and vinegar if you’d like a bit more.

Spicy Eggs

An interesting spin on taco meat is to make it with eggs.

You’ll only need a large slice of sourdough bread, two eggs, your taco meat, and some cheese.

Place a small skillet over medium heat on the stove and drizzle some olive oil into the pan.

Place your taco meat into the pan and stir it around until the taco meat and sauce are fully heated through.

Place two eggs on top of the sauce and cover the pan with a clear lid.

Lower the heat to medium-low and allow the eggs to cook through.

Once the eggs are cooked, sprinkle cheese on top then slide the entire dish on top of sourdough toast.

Serve and enjoy!

Taco Macaroni

Finally, one of the most interesting dishes you can make with leftover taco meat is to make a kind of cheeseburger macaroni.

You’ll need your taco meat, butter, flour, cheddar cheese, milk, and macaroni noodles.

Prepare your macaroni noodles according to the package.

Heat up your taco meat in a small saucepan over medium heat.

In a medium saucepan, heat up ¼ cup of butter and whisk until it melts. Add two tablespoons of flour to the butter and whisk until you make a paste.

Add about 2 cups of milk, whisking the whole time.

Once the milk has begun to bubble, add 2 cups of cheddar cheese and whisk until it is fully mixed in. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, paprika, and a bit of cumin.

Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce then add the heated taco meat to the pasta.

Serve and enjoy!

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