This is my mom's recipe for tacos. I really enjoy the way she seasons her meat. Her seasonings are way better than those store bought packs.

Zan

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crumble the ground beef into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Cover with glass lid. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes on High. Drain, and stir in chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and water. Cover and return to the microwave. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes on High.

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  • Fill each taco shell with about 2 tablespoons of the ground beef, then top with desired amounts of cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and taco sauce.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 19.6g; carbohydrates 12.2g; fat 21.4g; cholesterol 70.7mg; sodium 503mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2005
This was great I was looking for something to replace the packet taco seasoning. I did not microwave the meat I cooked the usual way in a frying pan then drained then added the seasonings and water and let that cook on low for about 10 minutes. This will replace the store bought stuff! Thank you Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/02/2019
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2005
This was great I was looking for something to replace the packet taco seasoning. I did not microwave the meat I cooked the usual way in a frying pan then drained then added the seasonings and water and let that cook on low for about 10 minutes. This will replace the store bought stuff! Thank you Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
I struggled whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. I thought it was 4 before my additions and 5 after. I cooked on stove and was thrilled to not have to chop an onion one less step! I went easy on the cayenne and next time will reduce the salt a bit as well. Thought it was okay as is but thought it needed more depth of flavor. Added about a tsp of cumin and a generous sprinkling of onion powder. Now it's just right! Bring on the tacos!! Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2006
I followed the recipe to the tee and it was great. The whole family loved it and it didn't taste any different than stove top cooked meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
Like the first reviewer DAVIDNKATE I was looking for a replacement to the taco packet seasoning. I also make this recipe over the stove with ground turkey. I've been known to throw in a clove or two of garlic as well. It's turned out very tasty each time. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2008
Good taco meat not spicy at all so if you don't like spicy tacos this is the one for you! This didn't make our favorites since we like spicy tacos but it is a good starting point. I did mine stovetop as I'm just more comfortable cooking the traditional way. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2011
Wow! Surprisingly tasty tacos!!! I wasn't expecting much flavor. Microwaved taco meat??!!!?! Made these today for a get-together with friends. I needed someting easy to prepare as I was running short on time (and energy). Served alongside salsa rice (by Molly Ingle) with beer margaritas (by Big Surprise) to wash it all down these were very tasty! I made a double batch (big eaters here...) so I had to microwave my meat for close to 11.5 minutes total. Served with hard taco shells shredded taco seasoned cheese tomatoes lettuce green onion taco sauce and sour cream. It's amazing how good 'ol "comfort" food tastes. These remind me exactly of my mother's tacos. A great childhood memory. Thanks for sharing. I'll never use taco seasoning again:) Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
Cooked it over the stove instead of microwave (I have a problem with gray meat) If you want it spicy use GOOD cayenne pepper. I also put mine through the food processor a few seconds when it was done to really break up the meat. This is an awesome recipe. I put it in corn tortillas and fried them to brown em a little added cheddar cheese lettuce and taco sauce. Voila....just like home Yum Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2011
This was good but wasn't quite as good as the package (a modest standard at best). I added 1 tsp of cumin which helped make it better but something else is missing - not sure what. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2008
This recipe was great!! I didn't want to have to wash a lot of dishes so it really helped me out.:) The recipe is really easy. One thing that I did was I ground up the beef more after I had put it in the microwave the first time so I could get rid of more of the clumps. (Basically I ground it up more before I put the spices in.) I thought the spices mix was good but I'm going to try adding a taco mix pack for the next time. Thanks!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
08/02/2019
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