Filed Under: Main Dish | Meat | Tacos | Weeknight

Ground Beef Tacos

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 9th, 2012

I know, I know. Another taco recipe. Sorry! I just love them. 

Yield: 4 people

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Much better than tacos made with those packaged spice mixes. The sweetness of the onion and tomato balances out the slight spiciness of the jalapeno and spices.
Texture: Like I mentioned before, the texture of these tacos is my favorite part! Crispy yet meat and saucy.
Ease: Very simple and easy. Takes less than 30 minutes.
Appearance: I suppose if you’ve never eaten a taco before these look pretty bizarre to you!
Pros: Quick, easy, home-style meal. The leftovers taste good, too.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes.

I know, I know. Another taco recipe. Sorry! I just love them. I remember as a kid thinking tacos were the perfect meal. In one neat package you got your protein, starch, dairy, and veggies (although adding a side salad would be a wise choice). Ground beef tacos are definitely nothing gourmet or fancy but if you’re like me you grew up eating them often. I had many friends who’s families had Taco Night.

These ground beef tacos are the perfect mash up of textures in my book. The hard taco shells are crispy while the filling is meaty and slightly liquidy. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand to make these. Not to mention they’re pretty budget friendly.

There was a recent episode of The Office where Nellie, the new British office manager, encounters a taco for the first time and she has no clue how to go about eating it. I never even thought about what someone might think of a taco if he or she had never seen one!


How to make
Ground Beef Tacos

Yield: 4 people
I know, I know. Another taco recipe. Sorry! I just love them. 


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
  • Taco shells
  • Taco garnishes (sour cream, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, cilantro, etc.)


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until onion is softened and translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking the meat up into smaller pieces, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan.
  2. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds before adding tomato sauce and jalepeno. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve meat in taco shells with desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Course: Main Course

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Tracey — May 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Haha, loved that episode of The Office with the tacos! Yours look great, these are definitely the classic version I remember from my childhood 🙂

  2. #
    Normal Food — May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Classic for sure- but with all of this pink slime stuff that has been going around I think I might swap out the beef for turkey.

    • #
      handleheat — May 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      YUCK. I used high quality organic ground beef 🙂 Costs a little extra but it actually tastes like beef! But ground turkey is a fantastic alternative.

  3. #
    LP @dishclips — May 11, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Tacos never fail to please me. These look great!

  4. #
    Anita Cline — December 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Tried this last night and it was exactly the taste I was looking for. Thank you!

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