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Easy Ground Lamb Tacos in a corn tortilla with pico de gallo and avocado on a round black plate with a black fork.

Easy Ground Lamb Tacos Recipe

Tamara Andersen
Mexican spices - cumin, ancho powder, cinnamon - and a hint of unsweetened cocoa combined with ground lamb (and garlic of course!) make a hearty, flavorful taco filling in just minutes!
4.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Toppings 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 241 kcal


  • 12-16 ounces lean ground lamb see notes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ancho powder see notes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • several grinds pepper
  • corn tortillas warmed
  • toppings see post for ideas!


  • To a skillet, add the ground lamb, spices, cocoa, and garlic.
  • Fry until browned but not dried out - about 5 minutes.
  • Warm the tortillas, then spoon the ground lamb mixture into them. Top as desired!


Ground lamb is delicious, but it is a polarizing ingredient. You can sub with beef, bison, elk, turkey, etc. My market has lean ground lamb in 12 ounce packages. It will serve 3 to 4 depending on appetites. It serves 4 at my house. The spices should be fine for 16 ounce packages as well.
Ancho powder is hot. If you're not certain, use the lesser amount. You can add but not subtract. Chipotle and New Mexico red chile powders are good substitutes; generic "chili powder" not so much. Chili powder is a spice mix with cumin, garlic, etc.
Nutrition information is an approximation only using MyFitnessPal.com with 4 - 3 ounce servings of lamb.
See post for more tips.


Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 21gFat: 17g
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