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These crispy ground beef tacos are filled with seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. An easy dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy, even your pickiest eaters! Includes a recipe for ground beef taco seasoning.

My beef tacos are so much better than the fast food version, especially when you use homemade taco seasoning instead of the store bought kind. Best of all, this dinner can be on the table in 20 minutes.

I use homemade taco seasoning for this recipe, it only takes 5 minutes to make and tastes so much better than the store bought taco seasoning packets. For homemade taco seasoning, simply mix together chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, oregano and red pepper flakes.

I like to use 90% lean ground beef for tacos. The meat is flavorful and tender, yet not overly greasy. You can also use an 80% lean ground beef, but you’ll have a lot more fat to drain off at the end of the cooking process.

I typically put out a toppings bar and include some or all of the following taco toppings

  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Minced red onion
  • Jalapenos
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Olives
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Cilantro
  • Diced avocado

After your tacos are assembled, it’s time to eat! Sometimes I make a double batch of the ground beef taco filling and freeze half for another night for an even speedier dinner option.

Ground Beef Tacos

These crispy ground beef tacos are filled with seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. An easy dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy, even your pickiest eaters! Includes a recipe for ground beef taco seasoning.
  Prep Time 10 minutes
 Cook Time 10 minutes
 Total Time 20 minutes
 Servings 4

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 pound lean ground beef I use 90% lean

1/2 cup onion finely chopped

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 14 ounce can petite diced tomatoes drained

8 taco shells

assorted toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion and shredded cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
Add the ground beef and break up with a spatula.
Add the onion to the pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is done and onion is soft, 5-6 minutes. Drain off any excess fat.
Add the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir to coat the meat in the seasonings.
Add the tomatoes to the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Spoon the beef into the taco shells and add toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Serve immediately.

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