Cooking with Ali: Ground Beef Tacos

Tacos changed my life. Okay, well not really… but also, maybe? Whatever the answer, I absolutely love them! My favourite are soft tacos so whenever I manage to get my hands on some, I am all over that!

The great thing about them is that they’re pretty easy to make at home too! These ground beef tacos are not at-all authentic but really are delicious. Give them a go!

Ingredients

To make enough for 10 soft tacos. Filling can be frozen.

For the tacos

  • 500g ground beef mince (ideally 5% fat)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or another oil of your choice)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp BBQ seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Soft flour tortillas

NOTE: You can substitute the seasonings for any you would like. To make it even easier, grab a taco or fajita seasoning (e.g. Old El Paso).

For the guacamole

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Freshly squeezed juice from half a lime
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Small amount of red onion (optional)
  • Bunch of coriander

For the pico de gallo

  • 10 x small tomatoes e.g. cherry tomatos, Vittoria tomatoes
  • Freshly squeezed juice from half a lime
  • 1/2 red onion
  • Bunch of coriander
  • Pinch of salt

Methods

  1. Add oil to large pan at medium heat. Brown mince then remove some of the fat (optional).
  2. Once browned, turn to low heat and add all seasonings. Simmer at low heat for 10-20 minutes.
  3. For the guacamole, smash the avocado (and much as you’d like) and add all the other ingredients. Add lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. For the pico de gallo, chop tomatoes and add together with all other ingredients.
  5. Heat up flour tortillas in pan (or in the microwave), then assemble:

Add mince first, followed by as much toppings as you’d like. Top with extra coriander and anything else you may desire e.g. grated cheese, soured cream.

Alternatively, you can heat up the tortillas in a frying pan with a small amount of butter. Add grated cheese to half, melt cheese, add small amount of mince and fold tortilla. Fry until golden brown and flip. Remove from the pan when golden brown. You can then add your toppings.

Three flat tortillas were heated in a pan before adding beef, pico de gallo, guacamole and extra coriander. The two shown at the back (folded) were made using the frying in butter method. Wait until the cheese has almost melted before you add the beef. These are a sort-of mash-up between tacos and quesdadillas.

And yes, it really is that easy! It makes a lovely meal and really doesn’t take much effort. But one important point is this – MAKE YOUR OWN GUACAMOLE! It’s a complete gamechanger and will add so much flavour to your Mexican/Tex-Mex dishes.

I hope you enjoy these tacos! They’re definitely one of my favourite meals to cook. One problem I always have is that I tend to add too much onto each taco and it ends up being a right mess! But you do you – make as much mess as you’d like!

Video Tutorial

Pico de gallo
Guacamole

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