Classic Beef Tacos

Classic Beef Tacos

There’s nothing quite like a plate of homemade beef tacos with freshly made toppings. This guide will walk you through creating this classic Mexican dish from scratch in just minutes!


  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 blend for the best flavor)
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8-10 soft corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet with the beef, cooking until the onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper, cooking for another 1-2 minutes to allow the flavors to meld with the meat.
  4. Warm the tortillas according to the package instructions, or on a griddle for a more authentic taste.
  5. Assemble the tacos by spooning the beef mixture onto each tortilla, then topping with cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, and cilantro if desired.
  6. Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.

Cook’s Notes:

For a healthier alternative, you can use ground turkey or even a mixture of black beans and quinoa as the base for your tacos. The key to great tacos is the freshness of your ingredients, so don’t be afraid to customize this recipe with your favorite veggies or toppings.


Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

This classic beef taco recipe will surely become a go-to favorite for a quick and tasty weeknight meal or a fun weekend dinner with friends and family. Buen provecho!

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