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Fried Ground beef Tacos Recipe

These delicious fried ground beef tacos are one of the easiest and quickest dinner recipes ever! You’ll definitely want to keep these on rotation. Fried tacos are perfect for busy days and are a meal both kids and adults will enjoy! If you like this recipe you should check out my ground beef and potato taquitos next!

fried ground beef tacos on a blue plate.

Having a blended Mexican/American family, tacos are something we have on a regular basis. Some of our favorite fillings for tacos include shrimp, tuna, chicken and potato.

This particular recipe that I’m sharing today has become one of my new favorite recipes. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t take me long to make at all.

It can make anywhere from 15 to 20 tacos total. I really wanted to stretch the ground beef so I made 20 tacos and it was the perfect amount to fill the bellies of my two oldest children plus my husband and I.

How do you fry ground beef for tacos?

In most taco recipes the ground beef is cooked before adding it to the taco shells.

However, with this recipe the ground beef is added to the softened tortilla while still raw, then it is fried.

This method makes fixing beef tacos for your family super easy.

Ingredients needed

You can add your choice of seasonings to the ground beef, this is just how I personally like to season mine. You could even season it with store bought taco seasoning or homemade if you prefer.

  • ground beef
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ground cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • Mexican oregano
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • dried chives
  • corn tortillas
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • chopped roma tomatoes
  • diced white onion
  • shredded lettuce
  • Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • sour cream (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)

How do you make homemade fried tacos?

The first thing we’re going to do is season the meat. Put the ground beef in a large bowl and add the garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, Mexican oregano, salt, black pepper and dried chives.

ground beef and seasonings in a glass bowl.

Mix everything together very well with your hand.

seasoned ground beef in a glass bowl.

Warm up the tortillas in the microwave until pliable. Then, take one tortilla and place a large spoonful of the meat mixture on one side of the tortilla.

Use your hand to spread the raw ground beef into a thin layer that covers half of the tortilla as shown below. Fold the taco closed and set aside.

Repeat the above step with the rest of tortillas and ground beef.

A corn tortilla with a thin layer of ground beef.

I like to do the above step on a large baking sheet so that there is enough room for all of the uncooked tacos.

In total, I made 20 tacos. If you’d like a little more meat in your tacos you can do 15 tacos instead of 20. I do not recommend making less than 15.

The reason why this taco recipe works and can be cooked from raw is because the ground beef is spread into a thin layer which allows it cook quickly.

assembled tacos before cooking on a baking sheet..

Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add 3-4 tacos to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they’re golden brown and crispy on the bottom.

frying ground beef tacos in a skillet.

Then flip the tacos and continue to fry for another 2-3 minutes.

frying ground beef tacos.

Then transfer the fried ground beef tacos to a large paper towel lined bowl to allow the excess grease to drain. Then, repeat these steps with the remaining uncooked tacos.

fried ground beef tacos in a large paper towel lined bowl.

Now, it’s time to add all the toppings to the tacos. Carefully open the crispy tacos. It’s ok if it breaks a little.

Now add your favorite taco toppings.

I chose chopped roma tomatoes, diced onion, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and hot sauce.

opened fried taco.

These tacos are a favorite in my house. My kids are obsessed with them.

They like them better than the fast food restaurant tacos which is great because making them myself turns out to be cheaper.

crispy tacos on a blue plate.

Why you’ll love this fried taco recipe

This easy taco recipe is super yummy and inexpensive. It can easily feed a large family especially when served with sides.

You can easily adapt this recipe by what you already have in your kitchen. For example, you can change up the seasonings to your liking.

You don’t have to use all the seasonings I listed. If all you want is salt, pepper and garlic powder then that’s perfectly fine.

Another reason you’ll love these fried ground beef tacos is because they cook so quickly. It really is the perfect recipe for busy moms looking for something easy they can feed their family.

Also, since this recipe doesn’t require you to cook the ground beef before filling the tortilla shells, this means there are fewer dishes dirtied up. This is probably my favorite thing about this recipe!

What sides can I serve with crispy beef tacos?

These tacos are good served with or without sides. If you have a large family and are looking to stretch this economical meal even further I suggest pairing it with some Mexican red spaghetti or fideo seco.

Can I reheat them?

Crispy beef tacos are best consumed soon after frying. However, if you do end up with leftovers you can reheat them in the oven at 350. Bake them for about 5-7 minutes or until warmed through.

I don’t recommend reheating them in the microwave as they will turn soggy.

Tips and tricks

  • Use the seasonings of your choice.
  • Spread the ground beef into a thin layer on one side of the tortilla.
  • Make sure to fold the tortilla closed don’t roll it up.
  • Cook the tacos for 2-3 minutes on each side.

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Crispy tacos with ground beef

You can have these yummy crispy tacos on your family’s dinner table in less than 1 hour from start to finish!

If you’re looking to stretch your dollars I highly recommend you give this recipe a try. It’s delicious and economical at the same time.

I hope you’ll give it a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Let me know your thoughts on this recipe in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating.

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crispy beef tacos on a blue plate.
fried ground beef tacos on a blue plate.
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Fried ground beef tacos

Fried ground beef tacos are delicious and economical. They can be ready in under an hour!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crisy tacos, fried ground beef tacos, tacos with ground beef
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 318 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 20 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • shredded lettuce
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican cheese
  • sour cream optional
  • hot sauce optional

Instructions

  1. Put the ground beef in a large bowl and add the garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, Mexican oregano, salt, black pepper and dried chives. Mix well with your hands.

  2. Warm up the tortillas in the microwave until pliable. Take one tortilla and place a large spoonful of the meat on one side of the tortilla. Use your hand to spread it into a thin layer covering just one side of the tortilla.

  3. Fold the taco closed and set it aside. Repeat the above step with the remaining tortillas and ground beef.

  4. Heat up a large skillet over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add 3-4 tacos to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until they're golden brown and crispy on the bottom.

  5. Flip the tacos and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  6. Transfer the tacos to a large paper towel lined bowl to drain. Then repeat the above steps with the remaining uncooked tacos.

  7. Carefully open the tacos and add the toppings.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Use the seasonings of your choice.
  • Spread the ground beef into a thin layer on one side of the tortilla.
  • Make sure to fold the tortilla closed don’t roll it up.
  • Cook the tacos for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Nutrition Facts
Fried ground beef tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 542mg24%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 864IU17%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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