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Jun 9, 2014 08:02 PM

Tell me how you make your Ground Beef Tacos

I don't use a taco packet, I use cumin, chili powder, onions, garlic and a small can of tomato sauce(if I have it, if not, I don't use anything but the seasonings.) I let the meat cook low for an hour or more, depending on the time I have. Then I fry my shells with the meat inside and then add fresh grated cheese (tillamook sharp cheddar), iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions and homemade taco sauce. BOOM!


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  1. How do you fry them with the meat inside? Do they taste like Jack in the Box tacos??????

    6 Replies
    1. re: biondanonima

      Never had Jack in the box tacos, so I don't know. They aren't deep fried so it pretty easy.

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        Could you elaborate on that frying please?

        1. re: c oliver

          Yes, I would love to know how you do this! Do you shallow fry/saute them in a skillet?

          1. re: c oliver

            My sisters in laws pat raw ground beef on half a side of a corn tortilla, then sprinkle with season salt, and fold over the other side. They tooth pick them closed, then deep fry. Very good!

        2. re: biondanonima

          Yes, in the skillet. You need just enough oil in the skillet so that the oil does not come in contact with the meat, because the meat will start popping everywhere, it once popped in my eye, not fun! I lay it down flat put most of the meat toward the middle of the tortilla because when you fold it over and turn it over it's going to move toward the sides. Yes, toothpicks are great too. If I cook them with the meat inside I drain them, then immediately add cheese so it melts. The add my lettuce, tomatoes and more cheese to the top. FYI, my meat is already cooked and seasoned when I fry them.

        3. I fry the ground beef quick and hot. No seasonings. Pile it with cheddar, lettuce onion, tomato. Splash liberally with hot sauce, top with sour cream.

          1. I make a seasoning mix of:

            1 tablespoon chili powder
            1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
            1/4 teaspoon onion powder
            1/4 teaspoon cayenne
            1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
            1/2 teaspoon paprika
            1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
            1 teaspoon sea salt
            1 teaspoon black pepper

            Then I brown 1 lb. of freshly ground beef, drain the fat and reserve the meat. I toast the spice mix in the hot saute pan for a minute or so, add back the browned meat, saute for another minute and then add about 1/4 cup of water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with warm flour or corn tortillas, fresh salsa, chopped avocado, shredded cheddar, sour cream and hot sauce.

            1. Sautée onion.
              Add gr beef.
              Spoon out visible fat if it seems like a lot.
              Add taco seasoning (I have a shaker jar of it, so 1 step up from the packet?).
              Add around 1/3C water.
              Bring to a hard boil/ rapid bubble.
              Cover. Reduce heat. Let simmer whilst I grate cheese, chop tomatoes, get other stuff ready.
              "Toast" flour tortillas on both sides in a very hot dry pan.
              Let everyone assemble as they wish.

              1. I think the most important thing is to first sear the beef in a very hot pan to create a "crust". That really kicks up the flavor. Then you add the rest of the ingredients of your choosing. I see no need or benefit to cook for an hour though. Maybe try simmering for 15 minutes.

                3 Replies
                  1. re: zackly

                    I don't make ground beef tacos but, if I did, I like the idea of the 'crust.' I also don't see any advantage to cooking ground meat past it being done.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Think of Italian moms cooking spaghetti sauce all day. To me it makes the meat really fine.