Ground Beef Tacos ~ bold, spicy Mexican flavored ground beef tacos with chipotle peppers. An easy recipe, perfect for tacos, enchiladas or nachos.
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Ground Beef Tacos

Bold, spicy ground beef, chipotle pepper tacos from scratch. Perfect for enchiladas or nachos too. Ready in under 30 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef tacos, homemade beef tacos, tacos
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 chipotle pepper PLUS 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce from its can
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet then add ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula break the beef into several chunks then leave it alone for several minutes letting it sear.
  • Once the beef is seared on one side, turn it over, add the onions and grated garlic and start crumbling the beef with the spoon/spatula. Cook the beef until it’s no longer pink then spoon off any excess fat, but don’t leave it dry.
  • Next add the chili powder, finely minced chipotle pepper and adobo sauce and cook a couple of minutes then fold in the tomato sauce, vinegar and lime juice and continue cooking 10-15 minutes over medium-low heat. You want a slow bubble going that reduces and thickens the sauce and lets the flavors blend.
  • Serve in your favorite soft or crunchy shells.
  • Topping suggestions: cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa, jalapenos, avocado or guacamole, lime wedges.