Ground Beef Tacos

Tacos are a go-to meal that everyone loves. They are simple, tasty, and super quick to make. Ground beef tacos are the classic version that most people think of when they hear the word "tacos." You've got juicy beef, crunchy shells, and all your favorite toppings like cheese, lettuce, and salsa. What's not to love? Plus, it's easy to customize them to your liking.

Whether you are cooking for your family, friends, or just yourself, this ground beef taco recipe will become your new favorite. So, let's get cooking and turn dinner into a fiesta!

Why This Recipe Works

First off, this recipe is super easy. You don't need to be a master chef to pull it off. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at any local grocery store. You probably have most of them in your kitchen already. The steps are straightforward: cook the beef, add some spices, and then assemble your tacos. Even if you're busy or new to cooking, you can make this dish without a fuss.

Secondly, this recipe is all about flavor. The mix of spices gives the ground beef a kick, but it's not too spicy. The beef becomes the perfect base for all the other toppings. You can go traditional with lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes, or get creative and add things like guacamole, sour cream, or even some jalapeños for extra heat. Each bite is a mix of textures and flavors, making your mealtime enjoyable and satisfying.

Ingredients

Ground Beef - this is the star of the show. It provides the main flavor and protein. Substitute: Ground turkey or tofu crumbles for a lighter or plant-based option.

Taco Seasoning - This gives your beef that classic taco taste. Substitute: A mix of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt.

Tortillas - Corn or flour, your choice. This holds all the goodies inside. Substitute: Lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.

Cheese - Adds creamy, melty goodness. Substitute: Nutritional yeast or vegan cheese for a dairy-free option.

Salsa - Adds a spicy kick and freshness. Substitute: Fresh chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo.

Tips               

  • Brown the beef thoroughly. You want it fully cooked and slightly crispy.
  • Warm the tortillas before assembling. This makes them more pliable.
  • Customize your toppings. Don't limit yourself to just cheese and salsa. Add what you love.
  • Drain excess fat from beef after cooking. This keeps the tacos from getting too greasy.
  • Make a taco bar for parties. Lay out all ingredients separately and let everyone build their own taco.

How to Serve

Ground beef tacos are a versatile dish, perfect for weeknight dinners or parties. They're easy to eat with your hands, making them a hit with both kids and adults.

  • Taco Night: Pair them with some Mexican rice and refried beans for a complete meal.
  • Lunch Boxes: Pack a taco kit for lunch. Put each component in a separate container so you can assemble it fresh at lunchtime.
  • Party Platter: For social events, create a taco bar where guests can choose their own fillings and toppings.

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Ground Beef Tacos

Make delicious ground beef tacos in just 30 minutes! Perfect for a quick dinner or festive gatherings. Customize with your favorite toppings.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese, ground beef, Salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 6 to 8 small tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • ½ cup salsa

Instructions

  • In a skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned.
  • Drain excess fat from beef.
  • Add taco seasoning and follow the packet instructions (usually add water and let simmer).
  • While the beef is cooking, warm your tortillas in the oven or on a skillet.
  • Assemble tacos: Place some beef on a tortilla, then top with shredded cheese and salsa.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 1526kcal Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 105g Fat: 116g Saturated Fat: 50g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 47g Trans Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 411mg Sodium: 1859mg Potassium: 1645mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Vitamin A: 1381IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 684mg Iron: 10mg

Notes

  • Brown the beef thoroughly. You want it fully cooked and slightly crispy.
  • Warm the tortillas before assembling. This makes them more pliable.
  • Customize your toppings. Don't limit yourself to just cheese and salsa. Add what you love.
  • Drain excess fat from beef after cooking. This keeps the tacos from getting too greasy.
  • Make a taco bar for parties. Lay out all ingredients separately and let everyone build their own taco.
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