Tacos Recipe

These classic Ground Beef Tacos feature homemade taco meat loaded into freshly fried taco shells. Serve up with all your favorite toppings for an easy family meal that takes less than 30 minutes!

tacos recipe

Best Ground Beef Taco Recipe

tacos 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: 5min

Total: 22min

Serving Size: 1

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1, calories 152 kcal, Sugar 1 g, Sodium 280 mg, Fat 12 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Carbohydrate 2 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 10 g, Cholesterol 40 mg


  • 1 lb ground beef (70-80% lean*)
  • 1 tbsp chili Powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • ½ cup oil (canola or vegetable)


  1. 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.
  2. Drain: Drain any excess grease from the skillet. Then return to the stove and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Season: Add the 1/2 cup tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Stir together until the meat is coated in the sauce.
  4. Simmer: Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Toppings: Fill the tortillas with the ground beef taco meat and add desired toppings

Ground Beef Tacos

tacos recipe

This Ground Beef Tacos recipe is the classic Tex-Mex-style version of tacos that many Americans grow up with: seasoned ground beef stuffed in a crispy taco shell with additional fillings like lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream. To make this homey go-to even better, we made sure these Ground Beef Tacos could be on the table in just 30 minutes!

Prep: 30min

Total: 30min

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 2 tacos

Nutrition Facts: calories 390 , Carbohydrate 23 g, Cholesterol 75 mg, Fat 2 , Fiber 3 g, Protein 22 g, Saturated Fat 11 g, servingSize 2 tacos, Sodium 890 mg, Sugar 5 g, Trans Fat 1/2 g


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 box (4.6 oz) Old El Paso™ Crunchy Taco Shells (12 Count)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 250°F. In large skillet, brown ground beef and onion over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
  2. Stir in chili powder, salt, garlic powder and tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place taco shells on ungreased cookie sheet. Heat at 250°F. for 5 minutes.
  4. To assemble tacos, layer beef mixture, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes in each taco shell. Serve with salsa; top with sour cream.

The BEST Ground Beef Tacos Recipe


What should I put in my tacos?

Ingredient and Toppings for Tacos
  1. Hard Taco Shells.
  2. Soft Corn/Flour Tortillas.
  3. Taco Meat (Ground Beef/Pork/Chicken/Seafood)
  4. Beans (black beans, refried beans)
  5. Shredded Cheese.
  6. Lettuce.
  7. Onion.
  8. Pico de Gallo.

How do you make a good taco?

Most Popular Fried Taco Fillings and Toppings

The most common toppings that you will find for crispy tacos are shredded lettuce (romaine or iceberg lettuce), finely shredded cabbage, sliced or chopped tomatoes, and onions (white onion is more popular than red onion).

What is the most popular taco filling?

Lime is probably the most essential of authentic Mexican taco toppings. A squeeze of lime adds a dash of acid that brings out the other flavors in a taco beautifully. Onions, cilantro, pico de gallo, sliced radishes or cucumbers, avocado, and chili peppers are also standard toppings for authentic tacos.

About the author

Helen is an author and editor at helenbackcafe.com, who has a passion for writing about recipes. She loves to experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious and unique dishes.

Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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