These restaurant-style ground beef tacos are made with a homemade blend of seasonings and spooned into corn tortillas.
Topping these authentic tacos is fresh red salsa, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Ground Beef Taco
This recipe for restaurant-style tacos doesn’t include a taco seasoning packet. Instead, the seasoning for these tacos is made at home using a variety of spices.
The spices that go into this recipe are common and they’re easy to find at big box or grocery stores.
To get perfect ground beef crumbles, I use my food processor to break down the meat into crumbles after browning and draining. It’s a super quick way to get the perfect crumbles for tacos.
Fresh Taco Toppings
When making restaurant-style ground beef tacos, it’s best to use fresh ingredients for the toppings.
Freshly made red salsa is a great topping for these tacos as well as some freshly chopped Roma tomatoes. I also serve my tacos with chopped romaine lettuce.
Guacamole and sour cream are other great topping options for garnishment.
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Corn tortillas are my tortilla of choice when making these ground beef tacos because they’re better for you than flour tortillas.
They’re higher in fiber and magnesium, and they have less sodium.
Corn tortillas are also more widely used in Mexican cuisine than the flour tortilla. Flour tortillas are more common around the Northern Mexico/U.S. border. I personally enjoy this recipe more so with the corn tortillas but use whichever you prefer for this recipe!
Just as with the flour tortilla, the tortillas should be heated up before serving with the beef tacos.
To warm corn tortillas, you can place them in the microwave or you can heat a skillet and spray it with cooking spray. Once the skillet sizzles when splashing a tiny bit of water on it, add the corn tortilla. Allow the tortilla to heat for 30 seconds before flipping and heating the other side.
If the corn tortilla does heat for too long, it be become very hard and will snap when bent. Keep an eye on it and stick to thirty seconds on each side.
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- 1 lb ground beef, cooked, drained
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ⅛ tsp coriander
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ cup water
- 10 corn tortillas, warmed
- Fresh Red Salsa *
- 1 Roma tomato, chopped
- 1 cup lettuce, chopped
- lime, garnish
- In a large skillet, brown the beef and drain.
- In a bowl, combine together all the seasonings and set aside.
- If desired, place the beef in a food processor and pulse quickly a few times to break down the beef.
- Return the beef back to the skillet and stir in the seasonings.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the ½ cup of water.
- Stir the beef into the seasonings and allow the skillet to simmer for about 4 minutes or until no longer watery. Remove from heat.
- In the meantime, heat a skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Heat the corn tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side.
- Serve the beef in the warm corn tortillas and top with chopped tomatoes, red salsa, and chopped lettuce.
* Use your favorite jarred salsa instead of making a fresh red salsa to save time.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 28.2gSaturated Fat: 11.3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 13.1gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 1gProtein: 35.5g