October 3, 2021
Here in Texas, life is getting back to normal and after-school activities are in full swing. That’s a great feeling, but with all the carpools and running around, it might also feel like it’s getting harder to enjoy a homemade dinner.
Never fear! No need to suffer through another delivery disaster or quick-serve catastrophe. Try these easy ground beef tacos next time you want a fast, tasty, and healthy meal. They’re a family favorite here on the ranch, and we’re sure you’ll love them too!
Taco Ingredients You’ll Need
Gather all the ingredients together first because once you start cooking, everything happens fast. And remember, you can make the meat filling ahead of time to help these easy ground beef tacos come together even faster.
- 1 pound Premium Quality Texas Beef
- 1 10oz can of tomato puree
- 1 small white onion diced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 12 corn tortillas
- Canola or vegetable oil for shallow frying
Seasoning: If you’re super pressed for time, you can use a premade taco seasoning blend, but you should try to skip the packets and make your own spice mix. This allows you to control the salt and heat to suit your family’s needs. And remember, you can always make a larger batch of the spice blend, so you don’t have to measure everything out each time you cook. Just scale the recipe up and toss all the seasonings together. Store the finished product in an airtight container.
Ground Beef: The best meat to use for these easy ground beef tacos is a simple 80% lean ground beef. A wholesome choice is our Premium Quality Texas Beef. It’s grass-fed, grain-finished, and always hormone and steroid-free. Eat Better Beef!
Leaner beef is good for some things, but the extra fat in grass-fed 80/20 will result in deeper beefy flavors for your tacos. If you’re calorie conscious, you can always drain the excess grease prior to serving.
Tortillas: Corn tortillas are the traditional choice for tacos. If you want crispy shells, they fry up perfectly. But if you’re interested in a change, use flour tortillas. They are delicious and result in an extra satisfying meal.
How to Make the Easy Taco Filling
When you’re ready to try this quick recipe, remember, the beef filling freezes well and can be used for all sorts of meals. We typically make a 10-pound batch, and we eat one pound that day and freeze the other nine for later. If you decide to do this, just multiply all the ingredients by your pounds of beef. Here are the steps:
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the Premium Quality Ground Beef. As it cooks, break it apart with a spoon or spatula.
- When the beef begins to brown, add in the diced white onion and all the spices. Stir well to disperse all the seasonings and cook until the meat is cooked through.
- Add in the tomato sauce and simmer until the liquid thickens.
That’s it! Get ready to stuff your tortillas. Or, if you made a large batch, separate everything into freezer bags.
Frying and Stuffing These Easy Tacos
Now that you have the beef ready, heat the oil, gather your favorite taco fixins, and fry the tortillas.
- Heat a ½ inch or so of oil in a heavy pan. Keep the heat low to medium and watch for smoke. If the oil is smoking and the tortillas are burning, turn down the heat.
- To fry the tortillas, place them in the oil until small bubbles form around the edges. Leave them for about 20 seconds, then flip and repeat.
- Once done, remove the tortilla and fold it in half. Set it aside on a plate and fry the next one.
- When you’re done with all the tortillas, stuff them with meat and serve! Let your family choose their favorite fixins to finish off these easy ground beef tacos.
Check us out! We offer grass-fed, grain-finished, sustainably raised bulk beef and Premium Quality custom beef boxes. Each one is chock-full of all your favorite cuts. We also have tons of Texas Beef Company merchandise. Show the world that you Eat Better Beef!