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Ground Beef Tacos


Beef Tacos

Beef Tacos

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These beef tacos can easily be made with ingredients you probably already have on hand: ground beef, lettuce, cheese, salsa and taco shells. And because I see no need to go to the expense of buying taco seasoning, these tacos are made with homemade seasoning. The benefit: You don't have to buy anything special, and you know exactly what's in it.

I like to serve these ground beef tacos as a taco bar. The kids really enjoy making their own tacos all by themselves.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 tacos


  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 taco shells
  • Taco Fillings:
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1-2 diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (cheddar and Monterey Jack)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup guacamole


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes or until onion is softened.

  3. Add ground beef, breaking up with a spoon to brown on all sides.

  4. Add cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and water. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile place taco shells on a baking sheet in the center of preheated oven. Heat 3-5 minutes until lightly toasted.

  6. Place taco shells, taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa and guacamole in separate serving dishes. Let everyone build their own tacos, starting with a little lettuce in the bottom of a taco shell. Top with the ground beef, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.

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