By Chef #564933 on July 18, 2008
Photo by Chief Scullery Engineer
Photo by Chief Scullery Engineer
"This is from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. Quick and easy to make, and the tacos taste much better than fast food. You can adjust the spices to your liking, if necessary, and top with your favorite garnishes, such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, sour cream, etc. Enjoy!"
Serving Size: 1 (241 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Chicken broth? Cider vinegar? Brown sugar? Sure sounded strange to me. But I was on a mission to find a superior beef taco filling, so I was willing to step outside my own little 'box'. I followed the recipe very closely except for adding a few extra splashes of tomato sauce when the mixture seemed to be getting too dry. (Since they live up to their name at ATK and do test things so thoroughly, I assume this was because the package of ground beef I used was slightly over a pound, so it would have absorbed more liquid.) Weird ingredients or not, the tacos were just delicious. Such an improvement over a seasoning packet!! Next time I'm going to add some jalapeno slices, increase the vinegar a smidgen and probably omit extra salt altogether. So easy to adapt to personal tastes, and sooo good!"
"Excellent recipe. Forms a nice sauce that you can never get with a packet. One change I would make would be to cook the ground before you start the recipe. Even the leanest ground beef will still have a significant amount of fat. I cooked the beef about 90%, then removed the beef with a slotted spoon and poured the juice into a fat separator. When the directions called to add the beef, I added the beef with the juice leaving the fat behind, nearly a 1/4 cup! While you could remove the fat at the end, it would take much of the spice flavor away. Many spices are fat soluble and you'd be loosing a lot of flavor that way."
"Best tacos ever. No kidding.<br/><br/>Due to protestations from my wife, we only used 1/5th of the onion in the final mix. More would have been better."
"I agree with highcotton! strange ingredients, but these are by far the best tacos ever. My family requests this recipe every week. The seasoning pack for tacos you buy at the store is just disgusting and I will never buy it again. I did use extra lean beef which works great, never been dry or too greasy; which doesn't require any draining. Delish!"
"This was a tough one for me to rate. The taste was definetely heads and sholders over a packaged seasoning mix, but I haven't used a package in years. My biggest issue with this was the grease - even though I used 93% lean ground beef. If I were to use this again, I'd definetely cook the beef separately so that I could drain off the grease."
"It was delish!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!"
"First and Foremost, Drain the grease before adding the rest of the additions. This dish was sub-par in regards to Mexican style tacos. I had to add Chipotle sauce to kick it up to what I like. I also added more Onion and Sliced Jalapenos to the simmer. Use more Vinegar, gives it more Character. My wife liked it, I like a highly seasoned product. It is better than the packaged seasonings. You also could add some minced Cilantro as I did."
"This is the best taco recipe ever!"
"We love, love, love this recipe. It's much healthier than package mix and my family loves it. It's so easy to make."
"I have made this a couple of times and it has gone over really well. Much better than the package spice stuff!"
"these were amazing! dh said they were gourmet tacos and my picky six year old gave them the thumbs up. I cut the chili powder down to 2 teaspoons for the kids and i used cane sugar instead of brown because that's what I had on hand. They still came out great"
"Made last night, the only thing I did differently was add a bit of worcestershire sauce. ATK recipes always come out great!"
"Wonderful taco recipe! We used ground turkey. I'll never buy seasoning packets again!"
"I got this recipe from my America's Test Kitchen Family Cook Book. Great! I made it for New Year's Eve and everyone loved it."