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
"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."
"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!"
"I realize ATK has perfected these recipes, so there's no need to mess with them, but inevitably, I don't have an ingredient or two that I need on hand when I'm ready to cook. So, instead of 2 tsp cider vinegar, I used 1 tsp each of red wine vinegar and rice wine vinegar. Living in New Mexico, I couldn't help but add 2 tsp of red chile powder and a heavy dash of smoked paprika. As another user suggested, I added a few dashes of worcestershire sauce. Oh yeah, and I used ground bison instead of beef. Sorry, ATK, but I think mine turned out even better than yours would've. Best tacos I've ever had."
"Great American style tacos. I made the recipe as written except that I forgot the cayenne pepper (in the heat of the moment :). My family likes mild spiciness so they didn't mind. I used organic, grass fed beef and it really didn't turn out greasy at all. My family thought they were the best tacos they've ever had so, two thumbs up!"
"Unusual ingredients but this is the best taco recipe I have ever tried<br/>This will become my go to recipe<br/>Had quit eating tacos because the packaged seasoning was not good !!<br/>Try this one guaranteed to be one of the best tacos you ever had"
"Lovely and easy. Not as spicy as I would prefer. Since it is for guests, I left it as is. I made 3 2.5 lb batches and that was perfect for my big skillet. I think the recipe calls for too much broth. This should be reduced by half or maybe omitted."
"Just right for classic tacos. I used a combination of lean ground beef and ground turkey so I didn't have an issue with them being greasy. I think if I had used a fattier meat I would have cooked the meat first and then drained before adding the seasoning. Thanks for posting the recipe. I'll be making these again."
"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."
"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."
"Made last night, the only thing I did differently was add a bit of worcestershire sauce. ATK recipes always come out great!"
"Just made this recipe!! Can't wait till dinner time!! The kitchen smells so yummy! I also removed the fat from the beef, i cant imagine eating that. I added sliced jalapeño peppers, of course...and a bit more chili powder, about 1 1/2 teaspoons. I will add chopped cilantro just before serving on heated taco shells & tortillas with all the trimmings!! ATK you've hit this one out of the park!! Thank you!"
"Excellent! Have eaten beef tacos for over 40 years so I can say with certainty that this recipe is the BEST! Don't let the ingredients fool you. I am not sure how these seasonings will be with chicken because the seasonings and the beef compliment each other very well BUT, I am definitely going to give chicken a try. This time around I used 1.5 lbs of ground sirloin, and added less than 1/4 cup of sliced black olives, and 2 teaspoons of diced jalapenos. Enjoy!"
"This is a great recipe. I followed it as it is written except I did drain the fat from the beef after cooking. ATK recipes are always great and this is no exception! The tacos were mildly spiced which is just right for my family."
"Made half a recipe and was very good. Had to use tomato paste and water for sauce but otherwise as written. Served as soft shell tacos."
"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!!"