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Easiest and Best Ground Beef Tacos

A simple, delicious recipe for traditional ground beef tacos.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: best beef taco recipe, easy beef tacos, quick taco recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Kristi


For Taco Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion diced fine
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 pound ground beef approximately 90% lean
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup smooth tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

To Serve:

  • Tortillas flour or corn, soft or hard shell
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce


  • Heat oil in a 12 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.   Add onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and spices.  Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add ground beef and saute until no longer pink and just cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, brown sugar and vinegar.  Stir to combine and allow mixture to simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes.  Season to taste with additional salt if necessary. Serve with tortillas and toppings.


*Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1202IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg