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These easy peasy Beef Tacos are your new midweek mince must have! (Try saying that three times fast..) This is a quick and delicious 15 minute meal that the whole family will love. 

You know how much I LOVE an easy taco dish, and after creating various types of easy taco recipes, I realised I had never shared basic beef one. And because beef mince recipes are our saviours on most weeks in a family kitchen, I knew I had to put that right!

For this Beef Taco recipe I have used the beef cooking method from my Beef Burritos, but using a shortcut of ready-made fajita seasoning (because shortcuts are LIFE).


Why you’ll love this Beef Taco recipe

⭐️ Easy prep-ahead dinner

⭐️ Delicious flavours and shortcut hacks

⭐️ Sociable and fun meal


A baking tray filled with beef tacos and stuffed with salad.

About tacos

If you’d like to learn more about tacos, this brilliant article outlines the differences between Mexican and Tex Mex food. 

If you love tacos as much as we do, you could give my versions of Cauliflower Tacos, Prawn Tacos, Salmon Tacos and even Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos a go. 

(And just for fun, why not my Big Mac Tacos too? Yes it’s a thing and they’re sooo good.)

How we came up with this recipe

When we originally tested this recipe, we made them with tinned tomatoes, which made the filling a bit too ‘wet’ and left the tacos shells a little soggy and difficult to handle.

Instead, the tomato puree addition keeps the flavour but dry enough to work as handheld food.

If you’re short of time, you can even make the filling ahead of time, meaning a really quick dinner to serve up when everyone’s hungry. I hope you love it!

The ingredients for making Easy Beef Tacos laid out on a counter.

Easy Beef Taco Ingredients

  • Sunflower oil – Olive oil is fine too 
  • Beef mince – I use 5% fat
  • Fajita seasoning – The type in a herb jar rather than a pack or pouch as these are just pure spices rather than any added thickeners/additives
  • Garlic granules
  • Tomato puree
  • Kidney beans

‌To serve

  • Small tortilla wraps –  I use small wheat ones, but corn tortillas also work well if you can get hold of them, or wholewheat ones too
  • Sour cream – Or yoghurt
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Salad tomatoes
  • Cheese – I used grated cheddar but whatever you have is fine

How to make Beef Tacos

Mince beef in a pan with kidney beans and flavouring for step 1 in the recipe for Beef Tacos.
  1. Brown your beef mince, then add the rest of the meat ingredients and cook and per the recipe below.
Beef Tacos being topped with tomato and salad, ready to serve.

2. Meanwhile, heat your tortillas and chop your toppings. Pile the fillings into the wraps or let everyone serve themselves.


Substitutions

  • Taco fillings or side servings – Feel free to  experiment with your sides or go for your favourites. You could also add some dips such as sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

Leftovers

In the fridge You can keep the cooked meat from recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully before serving or they’re fine to eat cold. You could use the beef for another style of dish, such as in pasta, a salad or with a jacket potato.

In the freezer The made-up tacos aren’t suitable for freezing, but if you want to freeze the beef filling, you can do this once it’s been cooked. Defrost thoroughly before heating up again in the pan.

Batch cook The mince filling is also great for meal prep batch cooking.

Top tips for making Beef Tacos

What to serve with Beef Tacos
Toasting the taco wraps

You can either put them in the oven, wrapped in foil, for 5 minutes. Or what I prefer to do for a little more flavour is char them over an open gas flame, using tongs. Make sure you’re VERY careful and don’t overdo it!

FAQs

Do you have more easy Mexican-style meals with beef mince?

I do! Try out my Beef Burritos, Easy Chilli Con Carne or my Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas.

Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

Also I’d LOVE to see your cooking creations. If you’d like to share yours with me, you can tag me on Instagram (@tamingtwins).

5 from 6 votes

Easy Beef Tacos {15 Minute Meal}

This easy 15-minute meal is fun, tasty and super simple. Beef Tacos are made up of a quick mince filling and your chosen extras in either soft tortilla wraps or hard shells.
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 tsp Sunflower oil
  • 500 g Beef mince, I use 5% fat
  • 2 tbsp Fajita seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic granules
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 400 g Kidney beans, 1x tin drained and rinsed
  • 100 ml Water
  • Sea salt

To serve:

  • 8 Small tortillas wraps
  • 100 ml Sour cream, Or yoghurt
  • 1/2 Iceberg lettuce, Shredded
  • 2 Salad tomatoes, Finely chopped
  • 60 g Cheese, Grated

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a saute pan over a medium heat. Add the beef and brown all over for about 5 minutes, breaking up with a spoon.
  • Add the fajita seasoning, garlic granules, tomato puree, kidney beans, water and a sprinkle of sea salt. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes until the beans are hot and the meat is well cooked.
  • Meanwhile, heat the tortillas according to the pack instructions (microwave, oven, gas flame or toaster all work!)
  • Pile in the fillings (or let everyone help themselves) and serve!

Notes

Toasting the wraps: You can either put them in the oven, wrapped in foil, for 5 minutes. Or what I prefer to do for a little more flavour is char them over an open gas flame, using tongs. Make sure you’re VERY careful and don’t overdo it!
Cheese: I use grated cheddar but choose your favourite.
Hard shell tacos: Go for these if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 637kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 46gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 646mgPotassium: 1246mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1193IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 279mgIron: 9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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