Classic Ground Beef Tacos

If you haven't had a basic taco in a while, it's time to revisit the original. Remember the spicy beef mixture in a crisp taco shell topped with lettuce, cheese, and tomato? It's still as tasty as ever.

Classic Ground Beef Tacos
Servings: 16 Prep 15 mins Cook 375°F 3 hrs


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 16 hard taco shells (about 6-inch)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, each cut into eighths
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup bottled taco sauce

Make It

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add beef; cook, stirring with wooden spoon to break up, until beef is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Add chili powder, salt, cumin and red pepper; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce. Bring to boiling. Lower heat to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Heat taco shells in 375 degrees F oven for about 5 minutes. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture into each shell. Serve with lettuce, tomato, cheese, diced onion and taco sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 171, Fat, total (g): 11, chol. (mg): 30, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 10, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 9, sodium (mg): 209, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.