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Favorite Beef Tacos
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Beef Tacos Recipe

These tacos are our family's FAVORITE beef tacos. They're made with a homemade blend of seasonings and spices along with a few secret ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 153kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper or Hatch Chile minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika or regular
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 c tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar packed


  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the onion, sauté until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add the pepper, garlic, and seasonings. Continue to sauté until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until no pink remains, breaking it apart into small chunks with a spatula or wooden spoon. When the meat is cooked throughout, pour in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Simmer until about half of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve hot.



Adding peppers is completely optional. If you don't want any heat, try adding half of a New Mexico Chile (Hatch) chile. We like ours to have a little kick, so we usually add minced jalapeño or serrano to it. Recipe source: adapted from https://www.americastestkitchen.com  America's Test 


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 732IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg