Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is my tried and true for either soft or hard shell taco filling. It's nice and spicy, tangy with a fair amount of tomato flavor. Tweaked from Cook's Illustrated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil over med. heat for 2 minute
  2. Add onion and cook until softened - approx 4 minute
  3. Add garlic and spices.
  4. Cook until fragrant approximately 1 minute.
  5. Add beef & cook 5 minutes.
  6. Add tomato sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar & vinegar.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered approx 20 min and stir until no more chunks remain and until it is the "wet" consistency you want.
  8. Season with pepper and salt if needed.


Most Helpful

I remember this from Fine Cooking. It's delicious. And not too many calories in each taco.

jane49423 June 07, 2010

This is our favorite taco meat recipe, nothing else compares! We've been using it for a year now and love it!

Orangemily May 28, 2009

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