Easy Ground Beef Tacos Recipe

A platter of ground beef tacos
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4-6
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This is the taco recipe was invented in the 1970s by a Scandanavian mother. It's quick, easy, inexpensive, and delicious. Make a note: these tacos are very mild. If you like your tacos spicy, add a jalapeno or two and use hot salsa.

These tacos are made from a beef mixture with salsa and refried beans and chili powder. Fill crisp taco shells with cheese, lettuce, and sour cream. You could, of course, add other ingredients to this recipe. Try some guacamole or chopped avocado. Some pickled jalapeno peppers are a nice addition if you like a spicy kick in your tacos.

Serve these tacos with some cold pop and beer, and perhaps some fresh fruit.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar chunky salsa
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 8-10 taco shells
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef with the onion and garlic until the beef is browned, stirring to break up meat. Drain well.
  3. Add the refried beans, half of the salsa and the chili powder to taste to the beef mixture; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  4. When the beef mixture is hot, put the taco shells on a baking sheet and bake them for 5 to 6 minutes, or according to package directions, until they are crisp.
  1. To assemble the tacos, place ground beef mixture in the bottom, then top with cheese, lettuce, more salsa, and sour cream. Serve immediately.