Making tacos with ground beef and taco seasoning is a delicious and straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create tasty beef tacos:
Ingredients you’ll need:
For the beef filling:
- 1 pound (450g) ground beef
- 1 packet of taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning mix)
- 1/2 cup water (or as directed on the seasoning packet)
For assembling the tacos:
- Taco shells (soft or hard, your choice)
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or your favorite)
- Sour cream
- Salsa or pico de gallo
- Chopped onions (optional)
- Chopped cilantro (optional)
- Lime wedges (optional)
Cook the Ground Beef:
- In a skillet or large pan, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat, breaking it apart with a spatula as it cooks. Cook until browned and no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.
Add Taco Seasoning:
- Once the beef is cooked, drain excess fat if necessary.
- Add the taco seasoning packet to the cooked beef. If using homemade seasoning, add about 2-3 tablespoons or adjust to your taste.
- Pour in the water as directed on the seasoning packet or as needed. This will help create a flavorful sauce and coat the beef with the seasoning.
Simmer and Combine:
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the beef simmer with the seasoning and water for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. This will help the flavors meld together and create a cohesive filling.
- While the beef is simmering, prepare your taco toppings. Shred lettuce, dice tomatoes, shred cheese, and chop any other desired toppings like onions and cilantro.
Warm Taco Shells:
- If you’re using hard taco shells, you can warm them in the oven according to the package instructions. Soft tortillas can be heated briefly on a dry skillet or in the microwave.
- Fill each taco shell with a spoonful of the seasoned ground beef.
- Add your desired toppings: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, and any other toppings you prefer.
Garnish and Serve:
- Sprinkle chopped onions and cilantro on top if you like.
- Serve the tacos with lime wedges on the side for an extra burst of flavor.
- Grab your taco creation and enjoy your delicious homemade beef tacos!
Remember, taco toppings are customizable, so feel free to add or omit ingredients based on your preferences. This basic recipe serves as a great starting point, and you can get creative by adding guacamole, jalapeños, or other favorite toppings.