Taco Bell Soft Taco copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Taco Bell Soft Taco

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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.

Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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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
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Taco Bell
    • Instructions

      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.

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Score: 3.94. Votes: 34
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Lisa H
Oct 21, 2007, 22:00

It was a little pastey, but so is Taco Bell's. I would use a little less flour, and double ALL of the spices and add a little cumin and ground red pepper. I would try it again until I got it how I like it. It's a good start. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Sep 30, 2007, 22:00

Yum, Yum, and Yum! I've made this for my family again, and again since buying your book and we all LOVE it! The Taco meat is smooth and yummy and is SOOOO go in burritos or taco shells. This is now a family favorite!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

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.

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