This Sheet Pan Mexican Ground Beef recipe shows you how to make flavorful ground beef with a Mexican flair. Ground beef is cooked up with chopped peppers and taco seasonings for a beef mixture that’s perfect in tacos, fajitas, or on its own with rice or potatoes.
This recipe uses ground beef to make a Mexican flavored beef that’s mixed with vegetables like bell pepper, onion, and hearty mushrooms.
After browning the ground beef, the mixture gets seasoned with Mexican taco seasoning and baked until the vegetables are cooked through and beautifully roasted.
Seriously, Mexican spices, budget-friendly ground beef and roasted vegetabes. What's not to love?!
This sheet pan Mexican ground beef and peppers mix can be used in tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas. You can also add it on top of a green salad, seasoned rice or a heap of creamy mashed potatoes to make it a full meal.
No matter how you choose to eat it, this method for cooking ground beef on a sheet pan will make your meals tasty and easy!
Sheet pan cooking has become very popular over the last few years, have you noticed?
We all have less and less time to cook healthy meals, so sheet pan meals save the day making dinner fast, easy, and efficient!
Why Make This Recipe
The entire recipe is made with six simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store.
Mexican Ground Beef and Peppers can be used as a filling for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or used to top a hearty taco salad or served with rice.
You can customize the types of peppers and vegetables you use to your personal tastes.
It’s cooked in a skillet and finishes on a sheet pan in the oven for maximum flavor with succulent roasted vegetables.
- Cooking Oil - You’ll need cooking oil to help cook the ground beef and to help season the vegetables before they go on the sheet pan.
- Ground Beef - Ground beef is a great protein for any meal and pairs well with Mexican seasonings.
- Bell Peppers - Adds crunch, color, and a light naturally sweet flavor.
- Mushrooms - Gives this sheet pan beef a hearty umami bite and lots of nutrition.
- Red Onion - Infuses the dish with fresh onion flavor.
- Taco Seasoning - You can use your favorite taco or fajita seasoning, or make a blend using cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, and chili powder mixed to your liking.
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How to Make Sheet Pan Mexican Ground Beef
Wondering how to make this taco ground beef recipe? It's easy!
Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Cook the ground beef: Add cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the pan and break it up with a spatula or wooden spoon. Saute occasionally for 5 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked through and browned.
Prepare the vegetables: Wash the peppers and mushrooms. Slice the peppers, mushrooms into bite-sized pieces.
Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). And grab a large sheet pan.
Bake the ground beef: Pour the cooked ground beef and chopped vegetables into the sheet pan and stir with remaining oil and seasonings. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are soft and cooked through.
Cool and serve: Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then serve with your favorite side dishes or Mexican favorites!
If your ground beef is 80% fat or higher, you may not need to use any cooking oil in the skillet as the beef will provide its own oil.
If your beef ends up releasing too much oil, feel free to drain the excess oil before adding it to the sheet pan.
Cut your vegetables in bite-sized pieces that are all roughly the same size. This will ensure they all cook evenly and are ready at the same time.
Spread out the ground beef and vegetable mixture on the sheet pan in an even layer to make sure all of the vegetables get cooked properly.
Make this a one-pan dish by using a cast-iron skillet that can go right into the oven.
Make this ground beef sheet pan dinner for Taco Tuesday and add to homemade tortillas.
Makes a great filling for rolled enchiladas or fajitas.
Add a heaping serving on a bed of homemade mashed potatoes for a full satisfying meal.
Spoon on top of a bed of tortilla chips to make loaded nachos.
Pile into Microwave Baked Potato.
Serve on a bed of Mexican Rice.
If you don’t enjoy ground beef, you can use ground turkey, chicken, bison, or ground lamb to make this sheet pan recipe.
Use a variety of vegetables including garlic, zucchini, tomato, or any vegetable you enjoy.
Spice it up by dicing up some fresh jalapeno and adding it to the mix of chopped vegetables.
If you don’t want to use a sheet pan, cook the beef and vegetables separately in a skillet, then stir them together.
Top with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
Switch up the spices to turn it into a whole new meal! Try Jerk Seasonings for a Caribbean flair, Baharat for a Middle Eastern Taste or Creole spices.
Storage & Freezing
Storing: Store leftover Mexican ground beef in a sealed airtight contianier in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat on a medium high heated skillet and saute until everything is warmed through.
Freezing: To freeze any leftovers, add to a freezer safe bag, then remove as much air as possible. Lay flat and store for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
The ground beef needs to be cooked in a skillet to ensure the meat gets fully cooked and browned. If everything is raw, the vegetables may burn before the meat is finished.
For the most part, a Mexican seasoning blend contains cilantro, chili powder, Mexican oregano, and cumin. You can make your own blend or even use a taco or fajita seasoning packet.
This depends on how much your seasoning already contains. Generally, 1 teaspoon of salt per one pound of ground beef is a good start. Be sure to taste the finished product to adjust any seasonings.
Food Safety Tips
Food Safety Tips
- Before cooking, wash your hands and countertops.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that has touched raw meat.
- Always wash your hands after touching raw meat.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep those pot/pan handles turned in away from the front of the stove.
- When cooking at high temperatures, use oils with a high smoking point, to avoid harmful compounds.
- Ensure you have good ventilation when cooking on gas.
- Put foods in the fridge or freezer within 2 hours of cooking. Reduce this to within 1 hour if it is 90 degrees or hotter outside.
- Safely thaw food in the fridge, under cold running water, or in the microwave.
- To ensure food is cooked through, it's best to use a food thermometer. Be aware that you can’t always tell by looking.
Cook to safe temperatures:
- Beef, Pork, Lamb: 145 °F
- Fish: 145 °F
- Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Ground Lamb: 160 °F
- Turkey, Chicken, Duck: 165 °F
Sheet Pan Mexican Ground Beef
- Sheet Pan
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1 lb (450g) ground beef
- 4 peppers
- 1 cup (75g) mushrooms
- 1 red onion
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Add the oil to a large skillet or pot over a medium-low heat. When it’s hot, add the ground beef and break it up with a wooden spoon, then let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until it’s all crumbly and browned.
- Meanwhile, slice the peppers, onions and mushrooms.
- Place the browned ground beef and vegetables on the sheet pan and stir in the taco seasoning and oil.
- Place the sheet pan into the oven and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until the vegetables are just soft.
- Enjoy the Mexican ground beef in tacos or fajitas, on its own, in a baked potato, or on rice.
- If your ground beef is 80% fat or higher, you may not need to use any cooking oil in the skillet as the beef will provide its own oil.
- If your beef ends up releasing too much oil, feel free to drain the excess oil before adding it to the sheet pan.
- Cut your vegetables in bite-sized pieces that are all roughly the same size. This will ensure they all cook evenly and are ready at the same time.
- Spread out the ground beef and vegetable mixture on the sheet pan in an even layer to make sure all of the vegetables get cooked properly.
- Make this a one pan dish by using a cast iron skillet that can go right into the oven.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.