The packet of Taco Bell spices you buy in grocery stores makes delicious spicy beef for tacos, but don't expect it to taste exactly the same as the beef at the giant Mexican food chain. For a better clone, use this recipe. Once the meat is prepped, it's simple to build soft tacos the Taco Bell way using these steps. If you want crispy tacos, replace the soft flour tortillas with crunchy corn shells.
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- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- Pinch garlic powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 12 soft taco flour tortillas (6-inch tortillas)
- 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Do This
1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with the flour, chili powder, salt, minced onion, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients into the ground beef.
2. Add the seasoned beef mixture to the water in a skillet over medium heat. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula, and break up the meat as it cooks. Heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned. The finished product should be very smooth, somewhat pasty, with no large chunks of beef remaining.
3. Heat up the flour tortillas in your microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, or until warm.
4. Build each taco by spooning 2 to 3 tablespoons of the meat into a warm tortilla. Spread some of the shredded lettuce over the meat and then sprinkle some cheese over the top. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.
Makes 12 soft tacos.
I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.