Ground Beef Tacos
interestingly enough I pointed out that most people don’t need a taco recipe.
Those spice packets are very delicious, easy, and practical.
And yet, here I am, posting another ground beef taco recipe. Why? Because:
1. I forgot I already posted about ground beef tacos
2. I love ground beef tacos and we ate them on Sunday (Mon, Tues, Wed…)
3. We liked these better
4. I am making a conscious effort to eat more tacos
As a Wisconsinite, I grew up with very delicious simple comfort food (and cheese). My mom was an excellent cook and we were always excited about what she was making for dinner each night. I used to love her ground beef taco recipe, and I would pile my tortilla high with ground beef and rice. Once a carb lover, always a carb lover.
But after moving to Texas, unfortunately your tongue gets used to a certain level of spice. I still would not call myself a real heat-lover, but in general my husband and I like our Mexican food with a decent amount of kick. And, that’s just what these tacos are. A Wisconsin-meets-Texas taco. Not crazy spicy, but enough kick to satisfy the Texan in us. My new go-to taco recipe for sure.
- 2 lbs ground beef (I used 90% lean)
- ½ large sweet onion, diced
- 2-2.5 tablespoons chili powder (medium heat if you get a
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 tsp hot sauce
- 2 tsp course kosher salt (can reduce to 1.5 teaspoons if you
like it less salty)
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ½-3/4 cup water
- ¼ cup taco sauce
Brown the meat with the onions in a large skillet. Once brown, mix in the chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, S&P, oregano, paprika, and onion powder. To create a little sauce, add between a half cup and ¾ cup water, and let simmer for a minute or two. Stir in the taco sauce, cover, and simmer on low for about 10-15 minutes (add more or less water or taco sauce if your beef is extra lean or fatty). Serve on tortillas. Or on salad. Or in a quesadilla. Or on nachos. We did all four.
PS – I looooooove my tacos on Food for Life’s brown rice tortillas. Wowzer.