11 Brilliant Ways to Use Leftover Taco Meat

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Taco meat is not limited to just Taco Tuesdays! It is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be used in various dishes. The best part is that making extra can provide you with meals for several days. Here is a creative list of low-carb ways to use leftover taco meat that your whole family will enjoy!

First, you need an excellent taco seasoning:

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning

Making your taco seasoning is easy and delicious, without added sugar or unnecessary additives in store-bought packets. You can create a blend perfect for nights with just a few simple ingredients. You’ll feel great knowing exactly what’s going into your seasoning, and your tacos will taste even better! Say goodbye to pre-packaged products and hello to a healthier, tastier option that will take your tacos to a whole new level.


Start with a base of tortilla chips, pork rinds, or baked cheese crisps. Top with taco meat and shredded cheese, then broil for 1-2 minutes. Add your favorite taco toppings.

Zucchini Boats

Scoop out the center of the zucchini halves, fill them with taco meat and cheese, then bake at 350 degrees until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Taco Dip

This Cheesy Baked Taco Dip is an easy recipe and a perfect way to reuse leftover taco meat. You only need a few additional ingredients like cheddar cheese, Rotel, and sour cream. This dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Cheesy baked taco dip in an oval white baking dish. Served with a side of raw vegetables. There's a red and white striped hand towel on the side.

Taco Pizza

You can use a storebought crust or this recipe for pizza dough to make a low-carb taco pizza. Bake the crust, then add a thin layer of taco sauce, taco meat and shredded cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted. Top the pizza with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and black olives. To give it a special touch like the restaurant-style taco pizza, crumble low-carb nacho chips over the top of the pizza!

Taco Salad

One of our family’s favorite dishes is taco salad. We mix leftover taco meat with plenty of greens and add our favorite taco toppings to create a refreshing salad that’s perfect for any day of the week.

Taco Scramble

Taco meat combined with scrambled eggs, cheese, salsa, and sour cream makes a tasty and protein-packed breakfast!

Burrito Bowls

Create delicious burrito bowls similar to those at Chipotle using leftover taco meat, along with some Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice and all your preferred toppings like lettuce, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.

A burrito bowl with cauliflower lime rice, taco meat, shredded cheese, avocado, salsa and a lime wedge.
Credit: Natasha.

Avocado Taco Boats

For avocado lovers, fill avocado halves with taco meat cheese. You can heat them to melt the cheese or eat them cold.  Of course, put all your favorite yummy taco toppings on them.

Taco Stuffed Mushrooms

You can use white mushrooms or the larger portabello mushroom caps to make taco-stuffed mushrooms. All you need to do is fill them with taco meat and cheese, bake them at 350 degrees until tender, and serve them with your preferred taco toppings. This is a great appetizer or meal idea!

Mexican-Style Cauliflower Rice

This delicious dish can be served as a main course or a side dish. Start by cooking a bag of frozen cauliflower rice in a skillet on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of butter until tender. Then, stir in half a pound of taco meat and a can of Rotel and cook until heated—finally, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cheese, sour cream and green onions.


Create a delicious quesadilla by filling your favorite low-carb tortillas

with taco meat and cheese. Heat a tablespoon of avocado oil in a skillet and cook the quesadilla until crispy on both sides. Then, add your preferred toppings and enjoy! You can also make this with Egglife egg wraps for a low-carb, gluten-free option.

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Author: Natasha Newton (Natasha's Southern Flavor)
Natasha is the founder of Natasha’s Southern Flavor. She has a passion for sharing delicious family friendly low-carb recipes that are easy to make and use readily accessible ingredients. Natasha has published three bestselling cookbooks. Her books and recipes have been featured by CNET, Delish, Mindbodygreen, Parade and Women’s Health. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, two adult children, and three furbabies.
Read more about Natasha here.

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