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Best Beef Taco Recipe

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

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 10 mins
Yields 18

The best beef taco recipe. Easy classic beef tacos with the the best ingredients.


  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1/4 package Fiesta Ranch mix (optional)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (93/7)
  • 1/2 package of taco seasoning
  • 18 La Tiara white/yellow corn taco shells


Preheat oven to 385 degrees.

Shred cheese, set aside.

Combine ranch mix and sour cream, set aside.

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

Meanwhile, bake taco shells 3 minutes. Fill and serve.

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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



9 comments on “Best Beef Taco Recipe”

  1. These are absolutely the best tacos I’ve ever had!  The shredded block cheese makes a huge difference!  And the warm, thin taco shells are so good!  I love to top them with a little pico de gallo!  I’ve made these for friends and shared this recipe many times. It’s a great recipe to make for meal trains!  Always rave reviews!

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  2. Sooo yummy!

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  4. This is a great and simple recipe!!  My family loves taco night. In fact, I’m making this again for dinner tonight!!

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