Take your Taco Tuesday to new heights with these easy Ground Beef Tacos. Served with homemade baked taco shells, you really can’t go wrong!
I mean it really doesn’t have to be a Tuesday to devour these beauties. Perfect for lunch or dinner, midweek or weekend. There’s a million and one way to enjoy tacos, but here’s exactly how I like mine. Follow me.
Ground beef tacos
For me, ground beef tacos are an absolute classic. For so long my experience of minced beef tacos was a trip to the local supermarket, picking up a taco kit and off I went.
I mean convenience wise yeah, those kits are great. Admittedly my version is a little more labour intensive.
Can we agree that the store bought taco shells are always chewy and the spice pack is questionable? I know, who do I think I am these days… But we both know it’s true 😏
Anywho, first things first, be sure to check out my homemade taco seasoning.
Secondly, let’s talk ground beef.
How to make Taco Mince
- Brown off mince, then add your taco seasoning.
- Add tomato puree and fry for a minute or so.
- Pour in liquid and add cornstarch/cornflour.
- Allow to thicken, then place to one side.
Homemade Taco Shells
It truly couldn’t be easier to make taco shells. What’s best, there’s no need for oil or frying. Chuck ’em in the oven and they come out gorgeously crispy!
Corn vs Flour Tortillas
I find corn tortillas come out slightly crispier, but you can use flour if that’s all you have. In both cases make sure they are taco tortillas (small and oval). You’ll find them in most supermarkets, but if you can’t track them down just use the smallest tortillas they have.
How to Bake Taco Shells
- Brush both sides of the tortilla with oil.
- Fold over an oven wire rack.
- Repeat with all your wraps.
- Bake until golden and crispy.
- Allow to rest for a few minutes (they will crisp up further as they cool).
Okay, we’ve got the beef, we’ve got the homemade taco shells, let’s talk toppings. You can really go wild with this, but just for reference he’s the usual culprits at my taco Tuesday.
Beef Taco Toppings
- Shredded Lettuce
- Sour Cream
- Lime Juice
When it comes to what cheese to use, I usually go for a nice sharp cheddar. I’d stay away from mozzarella because it doesn’t pack enough flavour. Pepper Jack would also work nicely ☺️
Hey, whilst you’re here…
My other Tex Mex recipes
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas
- Chicken Quesadillas
- BBQ Chicken Nachos
- Homemade Tortilla Chips
- Fresh Tomato Salsa
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How to make Ground Beef Tacos (Full Recipe & Video)
Take your Taco Tuesday to new heights with these easy Ground Beef Tacos. Served with homemade baked taco shells, you really can't go wrong!
- 10 Taco Tortilla Wraps, warmed in the microwave (see notes)
- Olive Oil, to brush
- Oven Wire Rack
- 1lb / 500g Lean Beef Mince
- 3 tbsp Taco Seasoning
- 3/4 cup / 180ml Water or Beef Stock, or as needed (see notes)
- 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Puree/Paste
- 1/2 tsp Cornstarch, optional (see notes)
- Olive Oil, for frying
- Lettuce, shredded
- Tomatoes, finely diced
- Jalapeños, sliced
- Sour Cream
- Lime Juice + Coriander/Cilantro, to serve
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. Timings do vary quite considerably so just be vigilant past 10mins. Don't be tempted to increase the oven temp as these go from perfect to burnt too quickly.
Fry your mince 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 your tomato paste. Add your water/stock and cornstarch, then allow to simmer for a few minutes until it thickens, stirring occasionally.
It's best to serve them 'un-built', just so the taco 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, jalapenoes, 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!
Watch how to make it!
a) Homemade Taco Seasoning - Be sure to check out my Homemade Taco Seasoning for Ground Beef
b) 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.
c) 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 3/4 cup of liquid to 1/2 tsp cornstarch and allow to simmer until it thickens. If you're not using cornstarch then just add liquid as needed. Around 1/4 cup should be sufficient.
d) 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.
Looking for more Tex-Mex recipes? Check out my Homemade Chicken Quesadillas!