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Easy Beef Tacos

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 10
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Ever wondered how to make simple ground beef tacos that are as good as the ones you enjoy at your local taqueria? This Easy Beef Tacos recipe is your answer. With just six ingredients and 30 minutes of your time, you can serve up ten delicious yet simple beef tacos.
Updated Dec 19, 2023
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  • 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 cup thick & chunky salsa
  • 10 taco shells from 1 box (4.6 oz) Old El Paso™ Crunchy Taco Shells (12 Count)
  • 1/2 head lettuce, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)


  • 1
    Cook beef in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
  • 2
    Stir salsa into beef. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour beef mixture into large serving bowl.
  • 3
    Heat taco shells as directed on package. Serve taco shells with beef mixture, lettuce, tomato and cheese.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Create a small condiment bar to serve alongside your easy ground beef tacos: in addition to the lettuce, tomato and cheese, set out small bowls of chopped avocado, sliced radishes, sweet bell pepper, additional salsa and fresh cilantro.
  • tip 2
    Turn these Easy Beef Tacos into taco bowls by spooning the salsa-seasoned beef onto a bed of shredded lettuce, topped with the tomatoes and cheese. Sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips for added crunch.
  • tip 3
    Look for shredded Mexican cheese blends where you’d find the Cheddar cheese—they’re a mix of Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby, and sometimes a sprinkle of mild chili powder.
  • tip 4
    Try switching up this simple ground beef taco recipe by using ground chicken or ground turkey instead.


190 Calories, 11 g Total Fat, 12 g Protein, 10 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
11 g
Saturated Fat
5 g
40 mg
320 mg
190 mg
Total Carbohydrate
10 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
12 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Food historians aren’t entirely sure about the exact origins of Mexico’s most famous culinary export. In Jeffrey M. Pilcher’s book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food, he suggests that the dish might have become popular with 18th century silver miners, who named the handheld food after small explosive charges used to excavate ore. The dish grew in popularity through the growth of taquerias in Mexico City. When tacos became part of the fast-food landscape, Americans discovered a deep and abiding hunger for the meaty, crunchy, spicy food. One reason for the popularity of this beef taco recipe is that it calls for simple ingredients like ground beef, salsa and Old El Paso™ taco shells. You can customize the recipe with ground chicken or turkey. Now that you know how to cook tacos, you can find so many more quick and easy ideas in Betty’s Best Beef Taco recipe collection.
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