Beef taco with sour cream and cheese

Tex-Mex beef tacos

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6

For a relaxed, pick-and-mix supper combine this easy beef taco recipe with your favourite salsas, sides and toppings. Our tex-mix tacos are a crowd-pleaser

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal383
  • fat21g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein22g
  • salt1.17g
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  • 500g pack lean minced beef
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1½ tbsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 24 taco shells


  1. Heat a large frying pan until very hot, then brown the mince. Remove, then season with salt and pepper. Add the oil to the pan and fry the garlic, oregano and spices for 1 min until fragrant. Return the beef to the pan and toss well, then cook for 2-3 mins until hot through. Warm the taco shells following the pack instructions and serve with the beef.

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8th Jul, 2019
Yummy! I too was alarmed at how much oregano but trust the recipe was lovely. I added beef stock as well - will definitely make again.
29th Apr, 2019
A quick, easy and simple recipe. You can tune it to taste.
Erin Pepper
4th Aug, 2017
Good, easy recipe, I made a vegetarian version so changed it up a little bit. I used chickpeas rather than mince and also added in some passata, green peppers and onion. Halved all the ingredients as was just cooking for myself and came out with enough for my tea aswell as for lunch tomorrow. Really happy with how it turned out, served it with some cheese and guacamole.
6th Dec, 2015
This recipe seems deceptively easy and too basic, but is surprisingly delicious and much better than any shop-bought packet mix. Two modifications I think improve it further: add 200ml of beef stock at the end and simmer until it reduces down. Also, I like it very spicy so I use a finely chopped Scotch bonnet instead of the chilli flakes. ¡Ay, caramba!
Fridays cook
2nd Apr, 2013
Agree with earlier comment - great for relaxed weekend dining. Tastes great, made this with tomato salsa and refried beans (recipie also on this website).
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18th Jun, 2012
A great weekend recipe for relaxed family dining. I make the chunky tomato & avocado salsa aswell which tastes really fresh.
30th Sep, 2011
I really enjoy this dish with the "Easy BBQ Beans" from the same issue. Sometimes I add some diced red and green bell pepper and cook until it has softened a bit.
4th Feb, 2011
I looked for a beef taco recipe when I saw what artificial ingredients were in the taco seasoning packet in the supermarket. This recipe was very easy to do and ended up being quite flavorful with the additions in the taco like salsa, lettuce, pepper and coriander. And of course refried beans! I followed the recipe exactly and although I initially thought that was a lot of oregano it tasted fine. Still ended up being a little bland though, but ok. I am English but live in the US so have had a lot of (usually much too salty) texmex food. This is a great alternative to the el paso seasoning packet.
21st Jan, 2011
Made this tonight, it went down really well with everyone. Made double the amount of mince - did not double up the spices, always a bit on the cautious side. This was really tasty. The corn and pepper salsa was also great The bean sauce was not as successful, but it grew on me. Thanks for another winner
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