I have never, ever liked crispy tacos. Except for the other day, when I randomly decided I did. I ordered some at a restaurant and loved them. And now, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making lots and lots of tacos. I started today with some ground beef tacos. I made my own taco seasoning, and added a few extra flavorings to the water used to simmer the beef. I served with romaine slivers, roma tomato, and feta cheese. Awesome! That’s all that needs to be said.
I used this for the taco seasoning. I eyeballed it, and it seems like a lot, but I could use that entire recipe just for the 1/2 lb+ ground beef I cooked for Jacob and me. Because the beef simmers for a while, it’s ok to use a little extra red pepper flake without hurting my mouth.
Taco Seasoning (All Recipes)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Here the recipe I followed the most for the taco filling. I added maybe 1 tsp cornstarch in all throughout the cooking process, and used 1 heaping tbsp of tomato paste plus a little extra water. I like the addition of cider vinegar and brown sugar. It gives these tacos an edge over regular tacos.
America’s Test Kitchen Homemade Beef Tacos
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (I upped the onion/garlic a little)
- Taco seasoning
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp cider vinegar
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, spices, and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, and sugar adn simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste
- Divide the filling evenly among the taco shells and serve, passing any desired accompaniments separately.