Ground Beef Tacos
A classic recipe for Taco Tuesdays!
Taco nights are really fun for families because children love being chefs as much as adults! They’ll take their taco or tortilla, and have a blast tossing in ingredients and toppings. Messy? Probably. But tasty and fun? Absolutely!
This is a classic recipe for ground beef tacos, but with one twist: I’m using my own homemade taco seasoning. The ground beef cooks up quickly, it always tastes delicious, and you can add variety with your choice of toppings and sides.
- Bell Peppers (baby/mini and sweet)
- I used 3 orange peppers, 3 red peppers, and 3 yellow peppers
- Broccoli slaw
- The one I used had broccoli stalks, red cabbage, and carrots
- Ground beef (approx. 2 lbs)
- Try to get something around 90% lean
- I make a quick and easy homemade guacamole that simply consists of 6 avocados, 2 limes (just the juice), 1 tomato, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Feel free to use any guacamole you want, or even a salsa verde!
- Taco seasoning
- Just like the guacamole, I make my own homemade taco seasoning – click the link and check it out to give it a try!
- Onion (1)
- I used a sweet Vidalia onion
- Tomato (1)
- Zucchini (1)
- Tacos or tortillas
- A lot of store-bought tacos and tortillas are loaded with fat, calories, and added sugar – so be conscious of this and pick a healthy option!
The tortillas I used are from a brand called Tumaro’s, who have a “Carb Wise” line of wraps. They have a variety of tasty flavors, such as multigrain, whole wheat, ancient grain, sundried tomato basil, garden veggie, nine grain and seeds, sriracha chili, and honey wheat. Each wrap is only 60-80 calories! Definitely worth exploring, so here’s a link to their multigrain wraps:
This recipe will make enough for about 10 ground beef tacos.
You’ll need a large, nonstick frying pan, such as this one from Anolon:
Step 1: Dice the bell peppers, onion, tomato, and zucchini
To evenly spread the veggie toppings on the tacos, we’ll need to dice the bell peppers, onion, tomato, and zucchini:
Step 2: Sauté the bell peppers, onion, and zucchini
Add the bell peppers, onion, and zucchini to a frying pan set to medium-high heat and sauté them (put the diced tomato aside for now). The diced veggies should be fully cooked in about 5 minutes:
Step 3: Make the homemade guacamole (optional)
While the bell peppers, onion, and zucchini are being sautéed, I make a quick and easy homemade guacamole. It simply consists of 6 avocados, 2 limes (just the juice), 1 tomato, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Again I’m using pink Himalayan salt and a peppercorn medley here. Mash the avocados, squeeze the juice from the limes, dice the tomato, and mix in all of the other ingredients:
Step 4: Add in and sauté the ground beef, homemade taco seasoning, and tomato
First, add in the ground beef to the frying pan that has the sautéed bell peppers, onion, and zucchini. Then quickly add the homemade taco seasoning to the ground beef, like this:
Thoroughly stir everything that’s in the frying pan, then add in the diced tomato:
Continue to sauté (stirring and mixing frequently) until the ground beef is fully cooked (make sure you don’t see any pink/red in the meat):
Note that the ground beef and tomato can add a little liquid to the frying pan. When serving, use a slotted spoon to drain this liquid so that it doesn’t get the tacos or tortillas soggy!
Step 5: Garnish and serve!
Warm up your taco shell or tortilla, then add a base layer of the sautéed ground beef and vegetables. Top with the homemade guacamole and broccoli slaw, and garnish with some fresh cilantro if you happen to have any on hand.
If you’re looking for a side to serve with these tacos, try this Clint’s black bean and corn salsa. I’ve used Clint’s salsas in other recipes, such as my Mediterranean Breakfast Pizza, and they are absolutely delicious!
Did you try this recipe? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments below!
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