Hono Cooks: Mexican ground beef Tacos

Total Time: 25 minutes  /  Yield: 8 tacos

Ground beef tacos are delicious, authentic, and so easy to make. This traditional Mexican dish is packed with well-seasoned ground beef tacos, wrapped in soft flour tortillas, and topped with tomatoes, onions, and cheese. It’s garnished with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and freshly-squeezed lime juice for the best balance of flavors. It’s savory, spicy, creamy, and fresh. These tacos are the perfect item for a Mexican fiesta, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or for any time of year. Either way, these are always a big hit.


To make these delicious and easy ground beef tacos, you will need the following ingredients:

  • vegetable oil
  • ground beef – if you don’t like ground beef, you can substitute it with 1 lb. of ground turkey. You can also consider using diced or shredded chicken or pork. For a vegetarian option, you can use tempeh, chickpeas, or tofu.
  • taco seasoning – made with cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano (or Italian seasoning), salt and pepper.
  • tomato paste
  • beef broth or water
  • small flour tortillas
  • cheese – I would used a Mexican blend (Tex-Mex) of cheese. You can also use any cheese that shreds and melts easily such as cheddar, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack cheese.
  • tomatoes
  • onions – you can use red onion or white onion.
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream – optional.
  • lime – to squeeze on some lime juice on the tacos, if desired.

You will also need measuring cups and spoons, and a skillet (I used my cast-iron skillet).


  1. Cook the ground beef. Heat oil in a large skillet for 2 minutes over medium-high heat until the hot oil sizzles. Add ground beef and stir well to cook evenly until browned, about 6-8 minutes. Make sure to break up beef into small pieces to help even browning.
  2. Add seasoning. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, tomato paste and beef broth. Reduce heat to medium and let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens a bit, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and set aside.
  3. Heat the tortillas. Heat the soft flour tortillas according to the package instructions, or heat in an ungreased skillet over medium-high heat for 30 seconds per side. You can also heat it directly on a gas burner for a few seconds to get char marks on the edges.
  4. Assemble the tacos. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the ground beef mixture on each tortilla. Top with cheese, onion, tomato and cilantro. Add a dollop of sour cream and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, to taste.


Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme

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