Quick & easy to make (and way better than fast food), we're sharing the ultimate beef taco recipe
by Lindsay Evans
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What's our current go-to weeknight dinner? Tacos. Sure, there are the more modern tacos popping up everywhere (like spicy fish tacos with mango and red cabbage and flank steak tacos with chipotle rub,) but what about the good old beef taco? So, we're revitalizing a classic with this fresh new recipe. Kicked up with ground cumin and chili powder, and using a jar of store-bought salsa and flour tortillas instead of hard taco shells (which we all know just fall apart and make a big old mess), these tacos are fast, fresh and delicious. And, because we know everyone has their own tastes, we've 'suggested' a few toppings, however, feel free to improvise and add any others that you like (think corn niblets, Monterey jack cheese or black beans.) No matter, whatever you put on them, we're quite certain you will love them.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground chili powder
1 small jar medium or hot salsa (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups)
1 tsp sea salt
8 - 12 small flour tortilla shells
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 avocado, diced
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup grated cheddar
1 cup sour cream
Freshly chopped cilantro
Preheat oven to 200 F. Heat olive oil a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned allover, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, 1 to 1/2 cups of the salsa (depending on how saucy you like it) and salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes longer to let all the flavours come together.
Meanwhile, prepare all of your topping ingredients and place in small bowls so people can help themselves when assembling their tacos. Place flour tortillas in a casserole dish and warm in the oven.
When beef mixture is ready, top half of one soft taco shell with the beef mixture. Then top with diced tomato, avocado, cucumber, sour cream, cilantro and cheddar cheese. Drizzle with more salsa if you like. Fold other half of tortilla over and garnish with lime wedges. Let each guest (or family member) make their own tacos.
TIP: The skies the limit when it comes to taco toppings! Add corn niblets, diced red onion, black beans, sriracha, crumbled feta or Monterey Jack cheese, diced mango or any other ingredients you like!