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Tex-Mex Ground Beef Tacos with Homemade Taco Sauce

Who doesn’t love a classic, Tex-Mex style ground beef taco? They’re one of the easiest and quickest dinners that the whole family will love, even your picky eaters! These ground beef tacos are filled with deliciously seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Plus, they are so much better than the fast-food version, especially when you make homemade taco sauce instead of the store-bought kind. Best of all, this dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes. This recipe is a staple in my house for busy weeknights!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword 30 minute meal, Dairy-free, game-day, gluten-free, kid-friendly, one-pot-meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Taco Sauce:

  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp honey or sugar

For the Tacos:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 8 taco shells
  • Optional: shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped lettuce

Instructions

For the Sauce:

  • Put all the ingredients in a small sauce pan. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and cool.

For the Beef:

  • Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and break up with a spatula.
  • Add the salt, cumin and chili powder. Stir to coat the meat in the seasonings. Cook until browned.
  • Drain off the fat
  • Add about ½ cup (or more) of the taco sauce, and simmer for a few minutes until heated through.
  • Spoon the beef into the taco shells and add toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Serve immediately.