Beef tacos recipe

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A typical Mexican food, beef tacos are hard u-shaped corn tortillas (called taco shells) filled with a beef mixture and topped with a variety of ingredients such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Tacos can make a good starter dish and are great for parties.
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes, Serves: 4 - 6 


1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 pounds ground beef

3 Tbsp minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 to 2 tsp minced jalapeno chile
1/2 to 1 cup tomato sauce
24 taco shells

Sour cream
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Finely chopped ripe tomato
Shredded Longhorn, Monterrey Jack or mild cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 200°F degrees.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meat in the vegetable oil, breaking up any lumps that may form. Pour off any excesss oil.

Add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, oregano, jalapeno chile and tomato sauce, and stir well. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

While the taco filling is simmering, heat the taco shells in the oven.

Empty the taco filling in a serving dish and serve with the warm taco shells.

To prepare a taco, fill it with the beef mixture and top with the garnishing ingredients.
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