Beef Tacos recipe

Tacos are a pretty traditional Mexican dish - and they're really not too difficult to make. Minced beef is combined with a number of spices, including cumin, paprika and chilli flakes, and is placed into floury tortillas before being deep-fried. Serve with avocado, soured cream and a little Cheddar cheese.


  • 500g minced beef
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 6 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp. hot paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Oil to fry


  1. Finely chop the onion and the green pepper, removing the seeds from the pepper. Mince the garlic clove.

  2. Dry fry the mince in a frying pan until browned and crumbly. Add the onion, green pepper and garlic clove, stirring until the vegetables have softened. Stir in the paprika, cumins, chilli, salt and pepper. Add the tomato puree and cover the pan before cooking for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Divide the mixture between the tortillas. Roll the tortillas up, secure them with a cocktail stick and set to one side whilst the oil heats up.

  4. Heat the oil in a pan until hot, then fry the tortillas on all sides until golden.

  5. Serve sprinkled with cheddar cheese.

You could also buy ready-made taco shells and simply fill them with the beef mince mixture described above. This recipe serves six people.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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