Best Beef Taco Recipe

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  • The best Beef Taco Recipe, in just 10 minutes.

    how to make tacos with ground beef

    I’ve been making this ground beef taco “recipe” for years, but when we purchased the lake cottage, it became a weekly staple. Why? Because it’s quick, easy, almost mindless and everyone in our family devours them without a complaint. Pretty much a miracle for anything with meat in our family!

    Last summer when my sister joined us at the lake she seemed a little uneasy about beef tacos, but ever a great houseguest, didn’t complain. She was pleasantly surprised when she took her first bite and returned for seconds. They’re that good. It’s so hard not too!

    beef tacos

    Imagine my surprise when my sister suggested I share the recipe with you – given I didn’t even really realize it was one. She brought them to a neighbor’s house for dinner and not only has that neighbor continued to rave about them, but others have caught on now as well.

    beef taco with sour cream

    Each weekend at the lake I have a mental grocery list for sandwiches, tacos, breakfast and snacks – it doesn’t change, which keeps it effortless, and we all look forward to it, each and every weekend. This Ground Beef Taco recipe makes a great weeknight dinner for the same reasons!

    I know, I know, these are easy. A little pre-fab, but with all the right ingredients, this ground beef taco recipe is out of this world.

    best beef taco recipe

    The Best Ingredients for Beef Tacos:

    • Fresh shredded monterey jack or colby jack cheese. It takes just 2 minutes and is totally worth it. The best cheese is usually reserved for blocks, have less preservatives and remains in tact, making it much creamier than pre-shredded cheese.
    • La Tiara taco shells. Toast them in the oven for just a minute or two for a thin, crispy, delicious crunch!
    • Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning. I used to make my own taco seasoning, but we really enjoy this blend and as I mentioned before, it’s effortless. You can substitute a little red pepper and onion flake if you prefer.
    • 93/7 lean ground beef. It’s the perfect ratio – just greasy enough, without being too greasy.
    • Sour cream with optional fiesta mix.

    Of course you can add fresh cilantro, pico de gallo or lettuce, if you wish, but they’re delicious as is!

    beef taco recipe

    How to Make Tacos with Ground Beef:

    Beef Taco

    The best beef taco recipe. Easy classic beef tacos with the the best ingredients.
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Mexican
    Keyword cinco de mayo, easy dinner, easy recipe, entertaining, fiesta, summer
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 18
    Author Julie Blanner

    Ingredients

    • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese shredded
    • 1 lb lean ground beef 93/7
    • 1/2 pkg taco seasoning
    • 18 white/yellow corn taco shells

    Optional

    • 8 oz sour cream
    • 1/4 pkg Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip optional

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.

    2. Bake taco shells 3 minutes. 

    3. Meanwhile, cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, breaking it up with a masher or base of a wooden spoon and stir in taco seasoning until just brown.

    4. Optional: combine ranch mix and sour cream.

    5. Fill tacos with ground beef, shredded cheese and fiesta sour cream.

    Recipe Notes

    • Fresh shredded monterey jack or colby jack cheese. It takes just 2 minutes and is totally worth it. The best cheese is usually reserved for blocks, have less preservatives and remains in tact, making it much creamier than pre-shredded cheese.
    • La Tiara is my favorite brand of taco shells if they're available near you

    I hope you enjoy this easy beef taco recipe as much as we do. Let me know what you and your family think!

    entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

     

     

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