Beef Tacos

Beef Tacos with Salsa Verde

Given the breadth of cuisines I cover on this blog, I’ve often been asked if I ever eat “normal” food. This always takes me a little by surprise, because (with a few exceptions) most of the things I cook are very low effort.

These beef tacos are the kind of weeknight meal I’ll prepare when I come home after a long day of meetings only to find the fridge devoid of anything even remotely inspirational. The kind of day when I’m almost tempted by my phone and a takeout menu that someone surreptitiously slipped under the door. Thankfully, stand-bys like these beef tacos are at the ready to save me from an almost-certainly bad meal and subsequent heartburn.

Beef for tacos

There’s nothing fancy or even authentic about these tacos, but they’re a great quick meal that can be thrown together in as little as 10 minutes if you have a few basic pantry items prepared. Just make sure you stock some type of protein in the freezer, some onions, a spice mix, and a bag of masa harina (to make the tortillas). The rest are all condiments and embellishments that are nice to have, but aren’t necessary for this simple satisfying meal.

Beef Tacos

1/2 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lbs sliced or lean ground beef
2 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar

12 corn tortillas
1 recipe salsa verde
cilantro
lime wedges

Heat a pan until hot then add a splash of oil along with the onions and garlic. Fry until the onions are just turning translucent, then add the beef, chili powder, salt and sugar.

Stir fry until the beef is cooked and there’s no liquid left at the bottom of the pan.

Heat the tortillas and serve with the beef, salsa verde, cilantro and lime wedges.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    “normal food” – pah! What’s that. These look delicious – that lime wedge looks perfect with it. I prefer to come up with something from what I’ve got than order take-out too…tempting as it can be.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    “normal food” – pah! What’s that. These look delicious – that lime wedge looks perfect with it. I prefer to come up with something from what I’ve got than order take-out too…tempting as it can be.

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com/ Rosa

    Oh, I love tacos! Yours look beautiful and so scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    Oh, I love tacos! Yours look beautiful and so scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • http://www.whatdoiwant2cooktoday.blogspot.com/ Jan

    Yummy yum yum – did you save any for me?! They look delish!

  • http://www.whatdoiwant2cooktoday.blogspot.com Jan

    Yummy yum yum – did you save any for me?! They look delish!

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com/ Christina@DeglazeMe

    I am still so impressed that you make your own tortillas!

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com Christina@DeglazeMe

    I am still so impressed that you make your own tortillas!

  • http://feedingmaybelle.blogspot.com/ maybelles mom

    I have been AWOl for a while, so nice new look. ANd, I love beef tacos.

  • http://feedingmaybelle.blogspot.com maybelles mom

    I have been AWOl for a while, so nice new look. ANd, I love beef tacos.

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com/ elra

    Always like this specialty, always taste delicious.

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com elra

    Always like this specialty, always taste delicious.

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    great dish!! love tacos. the girls had fajitas last night and i was a little jealous of em. should whip this recipe out and bet they’ll go green with envy. x

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    great dish!! love tacos. the girls had fajitas last night and i was a little jealous of em. should whip this recipe out and bet they’ll go green with envy. x

  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com katiek @kitchensidecar

    Delicious.

    I think it may even be a little authentic…

  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com/ katiek @kitchensidecar

    Delicious.

    I think it may even be a little authentic…

  • http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ Chef E

    I will trade one of my tacos for one of yours :)!

  • http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ Chef E

    I will trade one of my tacos for one of yours :)!

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com/ The Duo Dishes

    Very curious about your salsa verde. Do you have a good recipe?

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com The Duo Dishes

    Very curious about your salsa verde. Do you have a good recipe?

  • http://www.hollyhadsellentertaining.com/ Holly

    I see that you have been on a Mexican kick like Iwas last month:)

  • http://www.hollyhadsellentertaining.com/ Holly

    I see that you have been on a Mexican kick like Iwas last month:)

  • http://www.sevenspoons.net/ tara

    Oh you evil man. Here I sit, fully-sated from dinner and put over-the-top by a brownie afterwards, and now I want tacos.

  • http://www.sevenspoons.net tara

    Oh you evil man. Here I sit, fully-sated from dinner and put over-the-top by a brownie afterwards, and now I want tacos.

  • http://bigboldbeautifulfood.blogspot.com/ Ninette

    Great entry. I know … some of my friends think I cook “fancy” when you really look at what I cook, they’re easy, quick on the fly things, with the exception that I don’t use much canned convenience items. Good food can be made fresh.

  • http://bigboldbeautifulfood.blogspot.com/ Ninette

    Great entry. I know … some of my friends think I cook “fancy” when you really look at what I cook, they’re easy, quick on the fly things, with the exception that I don’t use much canned convenience items. Good food can be made fresh.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    “Regular food?!” I almost didn’t know where I was for a minute! ;) Regular or not, it looks good enough to eat!

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    “Regular food?!” I almost didn’t know where I was for a minute! ;) Regular or not, it looks good enough to eat!

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com/ Heather

    ohh wow. that sounds amazing! i just love how versatile tacos are!

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com Heather

    ohh wow. that sounds amazing! i just love how versatile tacos are!

  • Kristen

    One of the things I love about living in Texas is authentic Mexican tacos are available 24/7 where ever you go. I feel bad for anyone who has never experienced a true, authentic taco. Thank you for assuring me that there are people outside of the “border states” who know what a true taco really is.

  • Kristen

    One of the things I love about living in Texas is authentic Mexican tacos are available 24/7 where ever you go. I feel bad for anyone who has never experienced a true, authentic taco. Thank you for assuring me that there are people outside of the “border states” who know what a true taco really is.

  • http://constableslarder.com/ Giff

    i really should try making my own tortillas!

    • marc

      Making tortilla’s is so simple, once you do it, you’ll never go back. One of these days I’ll get around to posting my technique.

  • http://constableslarder.com Giff

    i really should try making my own tortillas!

    • marc

      Making tortilla’s is so simple, once you do it, you’ll never go back. One of these days I’ll get around to posting my technique.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Hah, I love that– almost certainly bad meal. So true! I’m a little uncomfortable at the insinuation that something that has a non-American ingredient is “abnormal” but I guess I’m being sensitive.

    • marc

      Good point, but I guess “normal” is all relative;-)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Hah, I love that– almost certainly bad meal. So true! I’m a little uncomfortable at the insinuation that something that has a non-American ingredient is “abnormal” but I guess I’m being sensitive.

    • marc

      Good point, but I guess “normal” is all relative;-)

  • http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/ Erica

    Those Beef Tacos look absolutely delicious! Next time I have to try to make my own tortillas…….Great Job!

  • http://www.mycolombianrecipes.com Erica

    Those Beef Tacos look absolutely delicious! Next time I have to try to make my own tortillas…….Great Job!

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com/ Jenn@slim-shoppin

    Looks great Marc!

    I usually use ground beef in my tacos, but I like the way you prepared it! I am going to try that next time for sure!

    Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com Jenn@slim-shoppin

    Looks great Marc!

    I usually use ground beef in my tacos, but I like the way you prepared it! I am going to try that next time for sure!

    Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.brooklynfarmhouse.com/ megan (brooklyn farmhouse)

    OH YES! Tacos! Gonna make this next time I have a taco night!

  • http://www.brooklynfarmhouse.com megan (brooklyn farmhouse)

    OH YES! Tacos! Gonna make this next time I have a taco night!

  • http://thesplitpea.blogspot.com/ Eralda

    these look amazing! I am on a southwestern stage as of late and these might just be my dinner tonight. Thanks :)

  • http://thesplitpea.blogspot.com Eralda

    these look amazing! I am on a southwestern stage as of late and these might just be my dinner tonight. Thanks :)

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com/ pigpigscorner

    Your pictures always make me drool!!

  • http://www.pigpigscorner.com pigpigscorner

    Your pictures always make me drool!!

  • http://melanger.wordpress.com/ Julia @ Mélanger

    Marc, love all your Mexican inspired posts. And I am glad you are a fellow ‘Anna’s’ fan. :) I was actually just reading about homemade tortillas on another blog and was thinking back to the fabulous steamed tortillas that Anna’s serves up. I read once they purchase them from http://www.harbar.com/ ??? which is a local Massachusetts company. When you have a chance to post a recipe, I’ll definitely give them a try!

  • http://melanger.wordpress.com Julia @ Mélanger

    Marc, love all your Mexican inspired posts. And I am glad you are a fellow ‘Anna’s’ fan. :) I was actually just reading about homemade tortillas on another blog and was thinking back to the fabulous steamed tortillas that Anna’s serves up. I read once they purchase them from http://www.harbar.com/ ??? which is a local Massachusetts company. When you have a chance to post a recipe, I’ll definitely give them a try!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Tacos are nice and quick and always tasty!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com Kevin

    Tacos are nice and quick and always tasty!

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    Gee I wish I had this available right now.
    Sugar is an interesting ingredient here, I will try it next time.

    I make tacos often too, no take out, except sometimes the rib joint 1/2 mile away, they are pretty good.
    LL

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    Gee I wish I had this available right now.
    Sugar is an interesting ingredient here, I will try it next time.

    I make tacos often too, no take out, except sometimes the rib joint 1/2 mile away, they are pretty good.
    LL

  • http://culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    Normal food?? I must be abnormal because I think everything you do is very normal. Must be people who think good food comes from a box.

    I have been looking for more quick meals since I find myself rushing home and rushing back out the door. Heck the local chinese place I think is starting to know my voice.

  • http://culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    Normal food?? I must be abnormal because I think everything you do is very normal. Must be people who think good food comes from a box.

    I have been looking for more quick meals since I find myself rushing home and rushing back out the door. Heck the local chinese place I think is starting to know my voice.

  • Beth

    “Normal food?” It all looks normal (and quite fabulous!) to me. I love to cook like this, no recipes, just whatever I have on hand. Those are the best meals.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Beth

    “Normal food?” It all looks normal (and quite fabulous!) to me. I love to cook like this, no recipes, just whatever I have on hand. Those are the best meals.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    Hi Marc!

    I made these tonight, and they were delicious! Didn’t have chili powder around, so I threw in a few spoonfuls of chipotle in adobe sauce. Gave it a nice, smoky flavour.

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    Hi Marc!

    I made these tonight, and they were delicious! Didn’t have chili powder around, so I threw in a few spoonfuls of chipotle in adobe sauce. Gave it a nice, smoky flavour.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ Syrie

    Wow. Absolutely divine. The beef looks fantastic.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com Syrie

    Wow. Absolutely divine. The beef looks fantastic.

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  • Sodamoeba

    That was awesome. Made double the recipe for a group of 8 and everyone loved it. I used the salsa verde recipe, too, and it came out a bit too spicy for some of the group using 1 and a half serranos. Might kick that down to 2/3 of a serrano for the average crowd. Other than that, the only mistake I made was not tripling the recipe. I’m certain the 8 of us could have eaten 3 pounds of the stuff. Thanks as always!

    Jon

    • http://norecipes.com Marc Matsumoto

      Glad to enjoyed them! The trouble with any chili pepper is that it’s really hard to predict how spicy they are. It varies wildly by plant and the growing conditions (soil, weather, water, etc). One way you can mitigate spiciness is by ensuring you’ve remove all of the white pith that attaches the seeds to the pod as this is the area that holds the most capsaicin. The other thing you can do is taste the chiles before you add them to food. Over time you should be able to start judging how much heat your adding to a dish by nibbling on the peppers first.

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