What’s better than a good homemade taco? We love this quick and easy meal adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Beef Tacos recipe. I used their basic recipe as a base to make my own version of this family favorite.
One of my favorite dinners as a kid was tacos. How I loved taco night! It’s a favorite at our home too. Well, maybe my favorite, because it’s such a quick and easy dinner. My usual taco night ritual includes throwing some lean ground beef into a pan, adding a chopped onion, some V-8 juice and a package of taco spice mix. Lately, I’ve been on a “make your own mix” kick. I found this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated and decided to give it a try. Yum. Loved it. Oh, and in case you are thinking “why would I make these when I can jump in the car and pick up 3 tacos for $1 at Taco (fill in the blank)??” Read this:
Cook's Illustrated Beef Tacos
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 onion (about 1 1/2 cups) minced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce or tomato juice or V-8
- 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
- 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon light brown sugar (optional)
- 8 taco shells
- grated cheese, chopped lettuce, tomato, grated carrots, chopped avocado, salsa, sour cream.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering.
Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the garlic, spices, and salt and cook for about 1 minute.
Stir in the ground beef and cook, breaking it up until no longer pink, about five minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, and sugar (if using) until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Season with more salt, pepper or spices to taste.
-When I make this recipe, I purchase corn tortillas and fry the tortillas in a little (about 1/4 cup) vegetable or canola oil on each side over medium high heat, for about 1 minute. Remove and fold over to form a shell and let drain on paper towel. Keep warm in oven at 250 degrees until ready to eat.