Beef Tacos

Great recipe from Everyday Food for beef tacos which I make for the family – the hubby and the kids LOVE them!

Have made a few adjustments to the original recipe. Use the recipe and my ideas and make them your own!


  • 1 pound (454g) of extra lean ground beef sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon of canola oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (I prefer a combination of red, yellow or orange), chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste . . . note: optional if you like extra heat. . .I have experimented and mixed in one tablespoon of chipotle chiles in adobo with the tomato paste – adds some smokey heat to the tacos. You could also just add some Tabasco if desired.
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 package of 10 medium flour tortillas
  • Taco toppings such as light sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, light sour cream, salsa, and cilantro.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, peppers, and garlic; cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water (this will soften the veggies, and help to make the sauce once the tomato paste is added). Cook the veggies until the water has mostly evaporated and vegetables are softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Combine and cook with the vegetables for 1 minute.
  3. Add beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon and combining with the sauce, until fully cooked, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. To serve, spoon filling onto warmed tortillas, top with cheese, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro or whatever toppings you desire.

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