The Speckled Palate
April 22, 2013

Ground Beef Tacos

Ground Beef Tacos // The Speckled Palate

I’m sometimes not as eloquent as I would like to be, especially during moments of stress or doubt.

I’m a mess sometimes.

It’s true.

… And so is my house occasionally. So is my life. But I like to think that we all have these jumbled moments in our lives because, ahem, life is MESSY sometimes. And we are given the opportunity to make the most of these messy moments.

I’m working on capitalizing on these times.

These tacos are kind of like me — they aren’t necessarily eloquent. They’re kind of messy.

But you know what?

They’re pretty darn awesome once you get over the mess and lack of eloquence they offer.

Ground Beef Tacos // The Speckled Palate

While these tacos lack the panache of some other recipes I’ve shared, they’re just as tasty and perfect for dinner… or breakfast or lunch, depending on my mood. And since we’ve moved to Texas, I have noticed an uptick in our consumption of tacos. No, seriously.

Here’s how you make ’em:

Ground Beef Tacos // The Speckled Palate

Ground Beef Tacos

These soft shell Ground Beef Tacos are a simple meal to make any weeknight. Ground beef is cooked with onion and garlic, then simmered in vegetable broth before serving atop your favorite tortillas. Top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and more, then enjoy warm!
Course Entree
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


  • 1 lb . lean ground beef (I like to use locally pastured beef)
  • 1 large onion , finely diced
  • 1 pod garlic , finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • Fresh tortillas (Flour or corn OK)
  • Various taco toppings (spinach, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, etc.)


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the EVOO, then the onion, cooking until onions start getting a little color. (Around 5 minutes.) Add the garlic during the last minute of it, ensuring the pieces don't burn.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan, using a spoon to break it up into smaller pieces. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning.
  3. Cook for around 10 minutes or until the beef is browned thoroughly (but not quite cooked through), then add the broth.
  4. Turn down the heat and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Once done, the broth has been soaked into the dish, and the meat is cooked through.
  5. Serve hot atop a warm tortilla, topped with your favorite taco toppings, and enjoy!


Ground Beef Tacos // The Speckled Palate

Yum, yum, yum.


  1. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    You put spinach in your tacos?! LOVE IT! I’ve never actually taken the time to saute up onion or garlic for my tacos, but I’m a taco fanatic so maybe I should show them a little extra lovin before devouring them πŸ™‚

  2. Eileen

    It’s ok to be a mess. Tacos are also a mess, and they are great! Right? πŸ™‚

  3. Jayne

    Not everything in life has to be perfect… even though you make them look impeccable through your lenses. And it’s these little stray ones that are the best. Messy and delicious. Just as life should be. πŸ™‚

  4. Gina @ So Lets Hang Out

    If you are a mess, you are a fabulous taco-making mess. That is the best kind of mess. πŸ™‚

  5. Natalie

    Yum! I haven’t had beef tacos in ages so thanks for the reminder. Adding spinach as a topper is so great, I now all of a sudden want to make these TONIGHT.

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