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Easy Ground Beef Tacos in 30 Minutes

Easy Ground Beef Tacos ready in just 30 minutes! Say goodbye to complicated recipes and hello to a hassle-free dinner that doesn’t compromise on flavor.

This recipe isn’t just about simplicity; it’s about bringing smiles to the dinner table with a meal that caters to everyone’s taste buds.

Kid-Approved Flavors

The mild and flavorful ground beef filling is a hit with the little ones. With just the right balance of seasoning, it’s a family-friendly option that satisfies even the pickiest eaters.

In the midst of busy schedules, this recipe ensures that you can put a wholesome and delicious meal on the table in just 30 minutes. It’s the kind of dinner that brings the family together, creating a moment to share stories and laughter.

Easy Ground Beef Tacos in 30 Minutes

What do I need for Taco Night?

Hosting a Taco Night is an easy dinner. It’s a fantastic and customizable way to bring people together. Here’s a comprehensive list of items you might need for a successful Taco Night.

Taco Shells or Tortillas, Flour or corn tortillas, and Hard taco shells. Proteins. Ground beef, chicken, pork, or tofu. Seasonings or taco seasoning mix.

Toppings. Shredded lettuce, Diced tomatoes, Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend), Diced onions, Chopped cilantro, Queso fresco, Cotija cheese, and Sliced jalapeños.

Salsas and Sauces. Salsa (mild, medium, and hot), Guacamole, Sour cream, and Hot sauce.

Fresh Additions. Avocado slices or chunks, Lime wedges, and Radishes.

Extras. Refried beans, Black beans, Corn kernels, Spanish rice or cilantro-lime rice

Tortilla Chips. For added crunch or dipping.

Drinks. Margarita mix, Mexican sodas, Horchata, and water. Beverage Glasses and Pitchers.

Dessert. Churros or Tres leches cake to round out the theme.

Utensils and Serving Items. Serving Plates and Bowls. Cutting Board and Knives for chopping vegetables and garnishes. Cooking utensils Spatula, tongs, and cooking spoons. Chafing Dishes (for large gatherings) to keep meats and other hot items warm.

For taco assembly and side dishes, Taco Holders or Stands. Napkins and Wet Wipes. Tacos can get messy, so have some handy!

Set the mood with Mexican-inspired music and decorations.

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Easy Ground Beef Tacos in 30 Minutes

Easy Ground Beef Tacos ready in just 30 minutes! Say goodbye to complicated recipes and hello to a hassle-free dinner that doesn’t compromise on flavor.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: 30 minute meal, easy meals, Gameday food, summer party
Servings: 10 tacos
Calories: 235kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef lean ground beef at least 80%
  • 1 Medium Onion diced
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 10 Taco Shells either crunchy shells or soft shells
  • 1 Head Lettuce shredded
  • 1 Medium Tomato diced
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 Cup Salsa or hot sauce of choice
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Instructions

  • Cook beef in 10-inch skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes, breaking apart into crumbles as it cooks. Add the diced onions, season with the salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another 8 to 10 minutes until the beef is cooked through and the onions are translucent; drain.
    1 Pound Ground Beef, 1 Medium Onion, ½ Teaspoon Salt, ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • If using hard taco shells, heat shells as directed on package.
  • For soft shells, you have four options to heat them.
    10 Taco Shells
  • Heat Shells in the Microwave
  • Place a damp paper towel between each taco shell to prevent them from drying out.
  • Microwave the stack on a microwave-safe plate for about 20-30 seconds on medium heat. Adjust the time based on your microwave’s power.
  • Heating Shells in the Oven
  • Preheat your oven to around 350°F (175°C).
  • Wrap a stack of taco shells in aluminum foil, ensuring they are well-sealed.
  • Place the foil-wrapped stack in the preheated oven for approximately 5-7 minutes. Keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.
  • Warm Soft Taco Shells over the Stovetop
  • Heat a dry skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • Place each taco shell on the hot surface for about 10-15 seconds per side. Use tongs to flip them, ensuring even heating.
  • Heat Taco Shells in Hot Oil
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil reaches 325 degrees Fahrenheit, you are ready to fry your shells. Fry for about 10-15 seconds per side. Use two forks or tongs to fold them in half and flip them to ensure even frying. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Assemble Tacos
  • To serve fill taco shells with the beef mixture, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and cheese.
    1 Head Lettuce, 1 Medium Tomato, 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, 1 Cup Salsa

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Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 883IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe Variations

Cheddar cheese can be swapped out for any number of different cheese varieties. Look for cheese blends like Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, Colby, or a Mexican Cheese Blend.

Swap out the ground beef for ground chicken, or ground turkey.

Tacos with Fresh Toppings

Turn These into a Taco Salad Bowl

Transform the simplicity of these Easy Beef Tacos into delightful taco bowls. Spoon the salsa-seasoned beef over a bed of shredded lettuce, generously topping it with diced tomatoes and cheese. Elevate the texture by adding a sprinkle of crushed tortilla chips for that extra crunch. Enjoy the same delicious flavors in a new and exciting presentation.

Tips to Serving Tacos

Serving tacos can be a delightful experience, and here are some tips to ensure a tasty and enjoyable taco feast:

Warm Tortillas. Whether you’re using corn or flour tortillas, warm them up before serving. This enhances their flavor and makes them more pliable for filling. Use one of the heating methods mentioned in the previous answer.

Variety of Fillings. Provide a diverse range of taco fillings to cater to different tastes. Consider options like seasoned meats (beef, chicken, pork), grilled vegetables, beans, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, sliced green onions, diced red onion, and lettuce.

Toppings Bar. Set up a toppings bar to let guests customize their tacos. Include bowls of diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños, and any other favorite toppings. This adds a fun and interactive element to the meal.

Sauce Selection. Offer a variety of sauces or salsas to add extra flavor. Options could include mild and hot salsas, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, or a cilantro-lime crema. Everyone can personalize their taco to their preferred spice level.

Serve with Lime Wedges. Lime wedges are a classic taco accompaniment. Lime juice adds a burst of citrus flavor and can be squeezed over the tacos just before eating for a refreshing touch.

Accompany with Side Dishes. Consider serving tacos with complementary side dishes like Mexican rice, cilantro lime rice, refried beans, or a fresh side salad to round out the meal.

Fun Presentation. Arrange the tacos on a colorful platter or taco holder for an attractive presentation. This not only looks appealing but also makes it easier for guests to grab their desired taco without everything falling out.

With these tips, you’ll create a taco experience that is not only delicious but also enjoyable and memorable for everyone involved.

DIY Taco Bar

How Much Taco Meat Do You Need Per Person?

Generally, plan for approximately 1/3 to 1/2 pound of taco meat per person when preparing tacos. The specific amount may vary based on things such as the appetite of your guests, the number of additional toppings and side dishes.  In this homemade tacos recipe I am using one pound of ground beef, which will make at least 10 tacos. I tend to serve 3 tacos per person.  So, this recipe will feed at least 3 people.

How to Store and Reheat Tacos

Storing and reheating tacos properly helps maintain their flavor and texture. Here’s a guide on how to do it:

To store tacos, separate things like leftover ground beef, toppings, and shells. Store them separately to prevent sogginess in an airtight container.

Refrigerate within 2 hours of preparation.

Pro Tip. Place a paper towel in the container to absorb excess moisture and help maintain the crispness of components like lettuce or tortilla chips.

Stack Smartly. If storing assembled tacos, stack them in a container with layers separated by parchment paper to avoid sticking.

Consider labeling containers with the date to keep track of freshness.

Reheating Tacos in the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Place taco shells or tortillas on a baking sheet and warm for about 5 minutes. For assembled tacos, loosely cover with foil to prevent drying.

Reheat in the Microwave

For individual components, like meat or beans, use the microwave.

Reheat on a microwave-safe plate, covering with a damp paper towel to retain moisture. Heat in short intervals, checking to avoid overcooking.

Hot Sauce on Homemade Tacos

Reheating Ground Beef Tacos in a Skillet

Reheat assembled tacos in a skillet over medium heat. This is especially effective for crispy shells.

Reheat just until warm.

For fresh toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, or salsa, add them after reheating to maintain their crispness.

Remember, the key is to store components separately, use airtight containers, and reheat with care to preserve the quality of your tacos. Assembling fresh toppings after reheating ensures a delicious and satisfying taco experience.

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AboutVictoria

You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has cooked in restaurants for over 20 years, including many larger parties. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.

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