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The Best Basic Beef Taco Recipe

Super simple crispy beef tacos with homemade shells, topped with the best Tex-Mex fixings! From Minneapolis Food Blogger A Simple Pantry, get ready for a flavorful 30-minute meal perfect for any weeknight dinner adventure!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 576kcal



  • In a small frying pan, add canola oil to a depth of 1 inch. Heat to medium, then add one tortilla and fry into a shell-shape, using tongs to pull one end from the oil, turning the shell occasionally to fry evenly, around 1 minute per shell. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain of excess oil.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, 1 cup of salsa, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until no longer pink, around 5 minutes. Drain excess fat if desired.
  • Add the garlic and seasoning and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add remaining salsa and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Spoon meat into taco shells, then top with cheese, lettuce, avocado and cilantro, or any other preferred toppings. Enjoy immediately.


*nutrition info includes up to ¼ cup of absorbed canola oil for 12 fried shells. actual rates may vary.


Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1276mg | Potassium: 1169mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 249mg | Iron: 6.5mg