Crispy Cheesy Ground Beef Tacos

10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
10 to 12 tacos
Get ready to dive into these crispy and cheesy Ground Beef Tacos, a delicious homage to the beloved tacos my mom always whipped up whenever we craved a break from more traditional Arab dishes she makes. Drawing inspiration from her recipe, these tacos are stuffed with seasoned ground beef cooked to perfection, wrapped in a crispy tortilla, and oozing with melty Monterey Jack cheese. It’s the easiest dinner that everyone always loves, even the pickiest of eaters!
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Crispy Cheesy Ground Beef Tacos

Get ready to dive into these crispy and cheesy Ground Beef Tacos, a delicious homage to the beloved tacos my mom always whipped up whenever we craved a break from more traditional Arab dishes she makes. Drawing inspiration from her recipe, these tacos are stuffed with seasoned ground beef cooked to perfection, wrapped in a crispy tortilla, and oozing with melty Monterey Jack cheese. It’s the easiest dinner that everyone always loves, even the pickiest of eaters! 

Making the Ground Beef

Learning how to make juicy and flavorful spiced ground beef is an important recipe to nail down in the kitchen! From homemade tacos, to crunch wrap supremes, or even taco salads, this recipe can be used in so many different ways.

Start by heating a pan over medium heat and adding a tablespoon of olive or avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and let it cook until golden and aromatic. Now, it’s time to add the star ingredient: one pound of ground beef (opt for 90/10 or 85/15 for the best flavor). As the beef begins to sizzle, sprinkle in a medley of spices to create our taco seasoning: chili powder, coriander, cumin, salt (adjust to taste), smoked paprika, oregano, black pepper, and onion powder. I know it’s a lot of spices but that’s what makes this taco meat so flavorful!

Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the beef and incorporate the spices thoroughly. Once the meat is browned and cooked through, stir in tomato sauce and finely chopped cilantro. The tomato sauce helps keep the ground beef juicy and the cilantro adds a fresh element. You can also add a splash of beef broth to make the ground beef saucy. Mix well, then remove from heat.

VARIATIONS:

Now, let’s explore some delicious variations to customize the ground beef according to your taste preferences:

  1. Spicy Kick: For those who crave a bit of heat, amp up the spice level by adding a dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the ground beef mixture. You can also incorporate diced fire-roasted or pickled alapeños or even a splash of hot sauce for an extra fiery kick.
  2. Vegetarian Twist: Want to go meatless? Substitute the ground beef with your favorite plant-based alternatives such as crumbled tofu, lentils, or finely diced mushrooms. Season them generously with the same blend of spices for a flavorful vegetarian filling.
  3. Cheese Lover’s Dream: While Monterey Jack cheese adds a classic touch, feel free to experiment with different cheeses to suit your taste. Try sharp cheddar for a bold flavor, nacho sauce for a creaminess, or pepper jack for an extra kick of spice.
  4. Lighter Alternative: Instead of ground beef, you could also use ground turkey or ground chicken to avoid red meat.

Cooking and Assembling the Tacos

Now that the ground beef is done, we can assemble our tacos! The larger the pan you have, the less time and effort this will take. I like to use a griddle plate if I’m making a lot. I have one from Madein that I will link here and recommend so much. You can use a regular pan as well that typically fits between 2 to 4 tacos at a time.

Prep Your Tortillas: Heat up a pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of avocado or olive oil. Once it’s nice and hot, it’s time to introduce your tortillas to the party. I like to use small flour tortillas but if you prefer corn, feel free to use that too.

Cheese, Please: To one half of your tortilla, spoon on a generous helping of your flavorful ground beef mixture. Then, sprinkle on a generous handful of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. I also like to mix in some chddar cheese with the Monterey jack but this is completely optional. You can also use a Mexican cheese blend.

Fold and Toast: Fold over the other half of your tortilla to encase all that cheesy, beefy goodness. Let it toast away in the pan until it turns a gorgeous golden brown on one side, then flip it over and repeat on the other side. This step is crucial for achieving that perfect crispy exterior that we all know and love.

Top it Off: Once your taco is nice and crispy and the cheese is all melty and gooey, it’s time to pile on the toppings. Take it off the heat and it’s time to stuff it with whatever you love. Think creamy avocado slices, crisp shredded lettuce, juicy tomatoes, tangy sour cream, and a few pickled jalapeños for a spicy kick. Get creative with your toppings – you can also do onions and cilantro, guacamole, corn, salsa, etc!

And there you have it – a deliciously crispy, cheesy ground beef taco that’s bursting with flavor. Grab a napkin, because things are about to get messy in the best possible way. I love to enjoy them with a squeeze of lime on top and chipotle aioli to dip in on the side.

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Crispy Ground Beef Tacos

Get ready to dive into these crispy and cheesy Ground Beef Tacos, a delicious homage to the beloved tacos my mom always whipped up whenever we craved a break from more traditional Arab dishes she makes. Drawing inspiration from her recipe, these tacos are stuffed with seasoned ground beef cooked to perfection, wrapped in a crispy tortilla, and oozing with melty Monterey Jack cheese. It’s the easiest dinner that everyone always loves, even the pickiest of eaters!

Get ready to dive into these crispy and cheesy Ground Beef Tacos, a delicious homage to the beloved tacos my mom always whipped up whenever we craved a break from more traditional Arab dishes she makes. Drawing inspiration from her recipe, these tacos are stuffed with seasoned ground beef cooked to perfection, wrapped in a crispy tortilla, and oozing with melty Monterey Jack cheese. It’s the easiest dinner that everyone always loves, even the pickiest of eaters!

10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
10 to 12 tacos

Ingredients

GROUND BEEF
  • 1 pound ground beef, 90/10 or 85/15
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
FOR ASSEMBLY
  • small flour or corn tortillas, for tacos
  • oil, for frying tacos
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • avocado
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes
  • pickled jalapeños

Instructions

MAKE THE GROUND BEEF
  1. In a pan over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic and cook until golden.
  2. Then add ground beef to the pan along with all the taco spices (chili powder, coriander, salt, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and onion powder) and start to mash with a spatula or wooden spoon to break up completely.
  3. Once the meat is browned and minced finely, add tomato sauce and cilantro. Mix and take off the heat.
MAKE THE TACOS
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add a drizzle of avocado oil to the pan once hot.
  2. Add tortillas to the pan, as many as can fit. To one half, add the ground beef and shredded cheese.
  3. Fold over the other half to close it and allow it to toast until golden brown. Then flip over and repeat on the other side.
  4. Take off the heat, open up, and stuff with your favorite veggies and taco toppings like sour cream, lettuce, guac, tomatoes, and jalapeños to enjoy!
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