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A plate of Authentic TexMex Tacos next to a patterned napking and a bowl of salsa

Authentic TexMex Beef Tacos

Course: Entree
Cuisine: TexMex
Keyword: Tacos, TexMex
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 580kcal
These authentic beef TexMex tacos are perfect for a taco dinner party! Make the beef filling ahead of time...do the tortillas 1 or 2 hours before your guests arrive...serve with your favorite TexMex sides! (Bocacious Borracho beans and Restaurant-Quality Salsa!)
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 lb ground beef I use 85/15
  • 2 tsp good chili powder order from Pendry's!
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano preferably Mexican
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 can Ro-tel (tomatoes with chilis)
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup iceburg lettuce, shredded
  • 3 tomatoes, cored and diced diced...seeds and ribs removed
  • Salsa (link to recipe in last step of instructions) for serving


  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in skillet.
  • Cook the onion and garlic until soft (about 8 minutes)
  • Add the beef, cook, until no longer pink.
  • Drain the fat through a sieve or colandar...return to the pan
  • Add all seasonings plus flour...stir until well blended
  • Add the Ro-tel and beef stock
  • Cook until liquid cooks down, about 12 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt if desired.
  • Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil to 350°F degrees
  • Fry corn tortillas in deep fryer, or in a skillet (if using a skillet...place the tortilla in the hot oil for about 10 seconds...then, using tongs and a fork, grab one end of the tortialla and gently fold in half....continue cooking for about 20 seconds...then flip, and cook for another 20 or 30 seconds, and until golden and nice and crisp).
  • Place cooked tortillas on paper towels and lightly salt
  • Place meat mixture in tortilla shells, and serve with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and salsa


Serving: 12 tacos | Calories: 580kcal