This Beef and Mushroom recipe may seem usual you to you, but let’s explore the concept a bit more. Read more below about a way to make taco meat healthier with this Beef and Mushroom Taco Meat recipe.

Beef and Mushroom recipes are often called Blenditarian.

What is Blenditarian?

Blenditarian might be a new term for you. If you haven’t heard of this new movement, it is the idea of supplementing a meat recipe with ground up mushrooms. It gives you moisture, a similar meaty texture, and that oh-so-popular umami flavoring. I had to give it a try, so I started with the basics: burgers, meatloaf, and taco meat.

The RBA love affair with tacos is no secret. Here is another “blenditarian” version to add to the mix!

Beef and Mushroom Taco Meat

Photo by Kaitlin Eckstein

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Beef and Mushroom Taco Meat

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Budget-friendly, Easy, Kid-friendly, Lean protein, Summer, Tacos
Cooking Method: Oven, Stove Top
Condition: Cancer, Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Nut Free, PCOS
Servings: 6


  • 8-10 oz mushroom cremini and portobello
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb beef ground
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1-8 oz canned tomatoes sauce
  • 8 tortilla flour or corn (to make gluten-free)


  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Roughly chop mushrooms and toss in olive oil. Spread in an even layer on a sheet pan and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain off excess liquid.
  • Place mushrooms in food processor and process until it reaches the consistency of ground beef.
  • Place ground beef and mushroom mixture into a large bowl. Mix with a spatula until well combined.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef mixture and cook until browned, using a spoon to break into small pieces. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, and tomato sauce. Mix well and bring to a simmer. Spoon mixture onto tortillas, and serve with desired toppings.


Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 3g

More Beef and Mushroom recipes

Looking for other Beef and Mushroom Taco Meat type recipes?  How about the following recipes:

Beef and Mushroom Blenditarian Burgers: Something that I hear a lot from clients when they use lean ground beef is “it is so expensive AND it tastes dry!” By adding some mushrooms to the mix, you can stretch 1 pound of ground beef much farther than before AND it adds moisture, while keeping the saturated fat content down. Check out the recipe here.

How about a healthier spin on a traditional comfort food, meatloaf? This most definitely is not your mom’s old meatloaf recipe. We use lean ground beef, and the mushrooms give a nice hearty flavor! Recipe here!


Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors. 

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An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.