Ground Beef Tacos

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Take your Taco Tuesday higher than ever with these simple Ground Beef Tacos. Presented with hand crafted heated taco shells, you truly can’t turn out badly!

I mean it truly doesn’t need to be a Tuesday to eat up these wonders. Ideal for lunch or supper, midweek or end of the week. There’s way too many approach to appreciate tacos, however here’s by and large how I like mine. Follow me.

As far as I might be concerned, ground hamburger tacos are a flat out work of art. For such a long time my experience of minced hamburger tacos was an outing to the neighborhood store, getting a taco pack and off I went. I mean accommodation insightful better believe it, those packs are incredible. Honestly my variant is somewhat more work serious.

Before I very got into food, tacos were my go-to. I think I lived off them at uni. In any case, my culinary abilities went the extent that blending a flavor blend in with meat and that was that. On the off chance that this sounds natural to you, I’m advising you there’s a superior way.

Ingredients:

Baked Taco Shells

  • 10 Taco Tortilla Wraps, warmed in the microwave (see notes)
  • Olive Oil, to brush
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Taco Mince

  • 1lb / 500g Ground Beef (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Water or Beef Stock, or as needed (see notes)
  • 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Puree/Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Cornstarch/Cornflour, optional (see notes)
  • Olive Oil, for frying

Toppings

  • Cheese
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes, finely diced
  • Jalapeños, sliced
  • Sour Cream
  • Lime Juice + Coriander/Cilantro, to serve

Instructions:

Baked Taco Shells

  1. Brush each side of your wraps with olive oil, fold over your wire rack (see video) and pop in the oven for 10-15mins at 170c/340f, or until golden and crispy. Take them out and allow to rest for 5 or so minutes, they will actually crisp up as they rest. As every oven/tortilla wrap will be different, timings do vary quite considerably, so just be vigilant past 10mins. These go from perfect to burnt VERY quickly so increase the temp only slightly (with caution) if they’re struggling to crisp.

Taco Mince

  1. Fry 1lb/500g ground beef in a drizzle of olive oil over medium high heat until it begins to brown. Stir in your spices and fry for a minute or so longer, then stir in 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste. Fry for a few mins then add your water/stock and cornstarch and allow to rapid simmer for a few minutes until it thickens, stirring occasionally.
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Stacking

  1. It’s best to serve them ‘un-built’, just so the taco shell doesn’t go soggy. Plus it’s more fun to have everyone build their own! Just for reference, I stack mine in the following order: beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapeños, sour cream, then garnish with lime juice and coriander/cilantro. Of course you can use any toppings in any order, but I do recommend placing the cheese on top of the beef, just so it goes nice and gooey!
  2. Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

  • Homemade Taco Seasoning – Be sure to check out my Homemade Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef
  • Taco Tortilla Wraps – You’ll find these (i.e small and oval) in most supermarkets. If you can’t find them just use the smallest wraps they offer. In both cases, I find corn tortilla come out slightly more flavoursome and crispy, but flour tortilla wraps will work too.
  • Can I use soft tortillas? – Absolutely! Making the shells crispy is just optional 🙂
  • Ground Beef – I usually get beef with around 10% fat. This gives a bit more flavour than lean mince (say 5%) but doesn’t go oily like fattier beef. If you’ve only go non-lean beef (say 20%) consider pouring out some of the fat after the beef has fried BEFORE adding the spices.
  • Adding Water/Beef stock & Cornstarch – Firstly, beef stock will add more flavour to the mince, but if you only have water it’ll still be great. Secondly, if you’re using cornstarch (which will add a glossy kind of gravy to the mince) then use around 1/2 cup of liquid to 1/2 tsp cornstarch and allow to simmer until it thickens. If you’re not using cornstarch then just add 14 cup/60ml liquid and simmer until the water reduces and the beef is juicy.
  • Calories – just the tacos and mince (no toppings), using 2 tbsp olive oil (a drizzle for frying and the rest to brush the wraps) and 10% lean beef.
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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.94g14%
Saturated Fat 2.671g13%
Trans Fat 0.188g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.826g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.473g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 227mg9%
Potassium 237mg7%
Carbohydrates 12.63g4%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 0.68g1%
Protein 14.86g30%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%

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