Tacos are a popular Mexican dish loved worldwide for their versatility and delicious flavors. They consist of a folded or rolled soft corn or flour tortilla filled with various toppings and fillings. Here’s a basic recipe for making classic beef tacos:
For the beef filling:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spiciness)
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the taco toppings:
- 8 small soft corn or flour tortillas
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
- Sliced jalapeños (optional, for extra heat)
- Fresh cilantro, chopped
- Sour cream
- Salsa or hot sauce (optional)
- In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the chopped onion to the skillet and sauté for a couple of minutes until it becomes translucent.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for another minute, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
- Add the ground beef to the skillet and break it apart with a spatula. Cook the beef until it’s browned and fully cooked.
- Stir in the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to evenly coat the beef with the spices. Let it simmer for a few more minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet or microwave them for a few seconds until they are pliable.
- To assemble the tacos, place a scoop of the beef filling in the center of each tortilla.
- Top the beef with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sliced jalapeños (if using), chopped cilantro, sour cream, and salsa or hot sauce, as desired.
- Fold or roll the tortillas to secure the filling and create a taco shape.
Serve the delicious beef tacos hot and enjoy their flavorful combination of seasoned beef and fresh toppings. You can also customize your tacos by using different fillings like grilled chicken, shrimp, fish, or vegetarian options like black beans or roasted vegetables. Tacos are a fun and tasty meal that’s perfect for gatherings, family dinners, or any occasion!