Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
Use this recipe as a filling for tacos, burritos or even enchiladas. Add more or less chili powder depending on your family's tastes. This recipe is in the mild/medium range, and is suitable for children.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 tablespoon chili powder (I use ancho chili powder)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄8 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large skillet, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until soft and clear.
- Do not brown.
- In a small bowl, mix together spices and flour.
- When onions and garlic are cooked through, add ground beef to the pan.
- Immediately add flour/spice mixture and mix completely with the meat in the skillet.
- Add tomato sauce and water, and stir well to incorporate.
- Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
- Serve in taco shells or tortillas.
As written, this recipe tasted like plain hamburger! I had to do a lot of doctoring to give it flavor, such as tripling the chili powder and cumin, doubling the paprika, and adding some cayenne pepper. Even then it was missing something.
This has a lovely flavor. I used it to fill enchiladas, it is the perfect texture for this, it stays in place when you roll unlike a looser meat. I didn't feel I had to add cheese to keep the enchialdas together. This earns a stop in the repeats file!
This has become a staple recipe at my house. It is so easy to prepare and the flavor is the best! I like to make up packets of the flour and seasoning ahead of time so I can grab n' go on really busy nights. Thanks for posting such a tasty, time-saver recipe!