Ground Beef Tacos
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!
Servings: 10 tacos
Cost: £1.50 / 2
Baked Taco Shells
- 10 Taco Tortilla Wraps, warmed in the microwave (see notes)
- Olive Oil, to brush
- 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
- Lettuce, shredded
- Tomatoes, finely diced
- Jalapeños, sliced
- Sour Cream
- Lime Juice + Coriander/Cilantro, to serve
Baked Taco Shells
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.
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.
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!
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) Can I use soft tortillas? - Absolutely! Making the shells crispy is just optional :)
d) 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.
e) 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.
f) 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.
Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.63g | Protein: 14.86g | Fat: 8.94g | Saturated Fat: 2.671g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.826g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.473g | Trans Fat: 0.188g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 0.68g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg