Blue Corn Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos @fifteenspatulas

Taco seasoning packets are kind of funny, aren’t they?

Basically a company says, “Here, I’ll put a handful of spices together in a little pouch for you, then charge you 5 times as much for it.”

If you use those taco seasoning packets, let me say for the record that I’m not judging.

If you looked in my family’s pantry 10 years ago, you would find those packets sitting on the shelves.

But making your own ground beef tacos with spices from your pantry yields better results and more flavor.

Mexican Ground Beef Tacos

I mean, using freshly minced garlic over garlic powder? That’s just going to taste better.

Every time.

Making the tacos goes like this:

  1. Soften up some onions and garlic
  2. Add a few spices and an herb (cumin, chile powder, paprika, and oregano)
  3. Brown the beef
  4. Add beef broth and tomato paste
  5. Simmer until the broth turns into a thick sauce

That’s all it is.

Ground Beef Tacos

Once you have the spiced beef done, it’s all about getting some good taco shells (I buy these blue corn taco shells from my grocery), and adding whatever toppings you like:

Easy Tacos

Just make sure to pop your taco shells in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes so they are crisp (they tend to get stale sitting in the shelves for a while).

Blue Corn Ground Beef Tacos


For the tacos:

  • 1 + 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder (or chipotle chile powder, or other desired chile powder)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lb ground sirloin (90/10, which means 90% lean/10% fat)
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp salt (depends on saltiness of the beef stock)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 cups beef stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • taco shells

Topping ideas:

  • minced red onion
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped romaine
  • sour cream
  • mexican shredded cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, heat up 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, and add the yellow onion. Cook for 5 minutes until slightly softened, and add the other tbsp of olive oil, garlic, cumin, ancho chili powder, paprika, and oregano. Turn the heat up to medium high and add the ground beef to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, and brown the beef for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the beef stock, tomato paste, and sugar, and simmer at medium high heat for 10 minutes until the liquid reduces into a thick, rich sauce. Make sure to stir this mixture frequently so it doesn’t burn.
  2. Taste and making any necessary seasoning adjustments. Serve in taco shells with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
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