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Ground Beef Taco Recipe

Our ground beef taco recipe is a fool-proof and quick way to make tacos at home. The beef filling can be made in advance.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Ground Beef Taco, Ground Beef Taco Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 18 oz 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 oz onions chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 oz red onions finely chopped
  • 4 oz tomatoes seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 4 oz cucumbers same as tomatoes
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 oz radish sliced
  • 1.5 oz cheddar shredded
  • 2 tbsp coriander roughly chopped


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Drop a piece of garlic in and if it sizzles, add the rest of the garlic (1 tbsp garlic) and 2 oz chopped onions. Sauté for 1 minute.
    step 1: how to cook ground beef
  • Add 18 oz ground beef to the skillet. Add the seasonings on top: 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp thyme, and 1 1/2 tsp Dijon.
    step 3: how to cook ground beef
  • Allow the bottom side to sear for about 2 minutes, then break up the meat and stir to cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and set aside.
    step 4: how to cook ground beef
  • Flip a muffin tray upside down and place 4 tortillas into its crannies to form a taco-shell shape. Slide into the oven to cook for 3 minutes, and repeat with the remaining 4 tortillas.
    step 1: Bake the shells
  • While the shells are baking, place into a bowl 1 oz red onions, 4 oz cubed tomatoes, 4 oz cubed cucumbers, and drizzle over 2 tsp lime juice. Give everything a quick toss and set aside.
    step 2: Make the salsa
  • As the shells finish baking, serve them with cooked beef, salsa, radish, and cheese, all kept in separate bowls. Enjoy.
    step 3: Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg