Kennedy Family Recipes

Ground Beef Tacos


Ground beed tacos are a quick weeknight meal that can be customized with any toppings that you like!

I love all kinds of tacos. I've found this recipe to be very easy to make on a busy weeknight when time is tight to make dinner.

What is especially nice about these tacos is that you can top them with your favorite toppings to make customizable tacos.

Ground Beef Tacos


If may see out of the ordinary, but I really like having sauted bell peppers in my ground beef tacos.

The taco seasoning can be a bit time consuming to make, so I recommend making a large batch and saving it in a glass container or tupperware.

This recipe uses taco sauce (I like the La Victoria Mild Taco Sauce) when cooking the ground beef. If you don't have taco sauce, you can subsitute an equal amount of chicken stock (or even water, in a pinch!). It's good to add this bit of liquid to the taco mixture to make sure the meat isn't too dry.

List of Ingredients


  • 1.25 lbs of Ground Beef
  • 3 Tablespoons of Taco Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons of Taco Seasoning
  • Hard-Shelled Tacos


  • Shredded Iceberg Lettuce
  • Pickled Jalapenos (Taco Style)
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce (such as Tapatio)

Taco Seasoning:

  • 6 Teaspoons of Chili Powder
  • 4 Teaspoons of Ground Cumin
  • 4 Teaspoons of Oregano
  • 4 Teaspoons of Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Onion Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Coriander

Recipe Steps

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together all of the spices for the taco seasoning
  2. In a large frying pan, start cooking the ground beef on medium heat
  3. Once the ground beef starts to get some color, add in the taco seasoning and taco sauce
  4. Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef into small pieces and to mix in the taco seasoning and taco sauce
  5. Once the ground beef is fully cooked, reduce the heat to low and simmer the taco mixture to incorporate all the flavors
  6. Using a small oven-safe tray, line the tray with aluminum foil and place in the taco shells
  7. Cook the taco shells in the oven on broil for 3-4 minutes (make sure to keep an eye on the taco shells as they can burn so quickly on broil)
  8. Once the taco shells are heated, place the taco shells on a plate, fill each taco half way with the taco beef mixture and then add your favorite toppings
  9. Serve the tacos hot and with lots of napkins... this is a messy dish!