Easy Soft Beef Tacos
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Super easy soft beef tacos, budget friendly and yummy too!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Budget Friendly
Serves: 4-5
  • 1 lb ground beef, I used Medium
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ½ cup sliced button mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ small can of tomato paste 5.5 fl oz
  • large handful of chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 2 tsp chili powder or to taste
  • 1-2 tsp ground cumin or to taste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander or to taste
  • ¼ tsp crush red chili pepper or to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt
  • coconut oil or any oil you prefer
  • water
  • Flour tortillas
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Fresh tomato salsa
  • Finely grated old cheddar cheese
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on med-high heat and add oil.
  2. Add onion, mushrooms, bell pepper and fry until they begin to soften.
  3. Add minced garlic, give a quick stir.
  4. Add the ground beef and fry until the meat browns and there is no pink left.
  5. Add all your dry spices, play with the amounts, omit the stuff you don't like and add things you do, season to taste, the quantity of spice used is up to you, I adjust as I go until i get the balance that I like. the amounts listed in this recipe for the spice are approximate amounts. I generally tend to add more chili powder and change the amounts of others as needed.
  6. Add ½ a can of tomato paste and mix well so that its all well blended together. Let cook for a minute or two to give the tomato paste time to caramelize a bit, I find it adds great flavour.
  7. Add enough water to give the beef mixture a bit of a sauce to simmer in to help develop the flavour, it will thicken up a bit as you simmer. This is an eyeball measurement for me. Not to little, not to much.
  8. Simmer on low for roughly 15 minutes. depending on the amount of liquid used, it might take less time or more. I generally aim for 15 min. to end up with a nicely thickened mixture that will hold up well in a tortilla. You want it to be on the drier side so its not too messy to eat.
  9. When done simmering, add the juice of ½ a fresh lime and a handful of chopped fresh cilantro and give it a quick stir.
  10. Taste to check for seasonings and adjust as needed.
  11. Serve on your choice of flour tortilla, add toppings, roll and enjoy!
Recipe by Culinary Zest at http://culinaryzest.com/easy-soft-beef-tacos/