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Classic Beef Tacos

Classic Beef Tacos - Best Ground Beef Taco Recipe

I love tacos and this Classic Beef Taco recipe is my favorite.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Classic Beef Tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 295 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • taco sauce
  • oil for frying


  1. Preheat the oil on medium-hi. (Choose the pan for frying the shells carefully. It should be just a little bigger than the taco shells in diameter, and have straight sides so the minimum amount of oil can be used. It's easier to handle the shells if the pan is fairly shallow - no more than 3 inches deep.).
  2. In a separate pan, brown the onion with the meat and drain the grease.
  3. Add the tomato paste and spices. Continue to simmer meat while frying shells.
  4. Fry each tortilla quickly, less than a minute each, folding in the middle while frying. Drain on paper towels. Add more oil if needed. Shells should still be fairly soft.
  5. Fill the taco shells with ground beef mixture and serve.
  6. Cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and taco sauce should be served with the tacos so that everyone can fix their own.