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Plate of ground beef tacos on fried corn tortillas topped with sour cream and served with salsa.
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Best Ground Beef Taco Recipe

The absolute BEST ground beef Tacos! An easy to make homemade taco seasoning and a secret ingredient that makes this the most flavorful and juiciest taco meat EVER! The perfect family weeknight meal that can be ready in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Servings: 4
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Serene

Ingredients

Taco Shells

  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • ½ cup oil canola or vegetable

Instructions

  • Cook Ground Beef: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef. Break the beef up with a wooden spoon while cooking. Cook the ground beef fully, until browned and no longer pink.
  • Drain: Drain any excess grease from the skillet. Then return to the stove and reduce the heat to low.
  • Season: Add the 1/2 cup tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Stir together until the meat is coated in the sauce.
  • Simmer: Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Fry Tortillas: Pour 1/2 cup oil in a medium size skillet, heat over medium high heat. Carefully dip a tortilla, if the oil sizzles and bubbles then it's hot enough. Gently lay the tortilla in the oil and fry each side for about 30 seconds, just enough to give some color and add some crispness.
  • Shape Tortillas: Remove the tortilla to a paper towel to absorb oil, and carefully fold the tortilla over to create a taco shape. I do this with my tongs, or two forks, whatever I'm using to lay the tortillas in the oil and remove them.
  • Toppings: Fill the tortillas with the ground beef taco meat and add desired toppings

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Notes

  • Ground Beef: Using 80/20 ground beef, this keeps the meat flavorful, but not greasy.
  • Ground Beef Substitution: instead of ground beef use ground chicken or turkey.
  • Extra Veggies: looking to add some more veggies? Chop up some peppers, zucchini,  and carrots to sauté with the meat while it cooks. 
  • Control the Heat: if you are wanting to add more heat to this recipe sprinkle some crushed red pepper into the seasoning blend according to your preference. 
  • Tortillas: Taco shells shown are white corn tortillas that have been fried in canola oil. 
  • Topping ideas: shredded mild cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced grape tomatoes, diced cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, jalapeños, and onion.
  • How much meat per person? Plan on using 1 lb per 4 people. This is approximately 2 tablespoons of meat per taco.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg