Putting the Ground Beef to Work: Lighter Beef Tacos

Tim and I have an extraordinary amount of ground beef from the half steer we purchased.  The ground beef is very high quality and pretty lean.

I put a small portion of the meat to work in a taco recipe one night this week.  It was as easy as buying an Old El Paso kit and easily more delicious.  Serve with your favorite taco toppings for a delicious and easy meal!

One of the taco, with Tim as a hand model

Lighter Beef Tacos
Everyday Food

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 12 soft corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • Store-bought salsa and shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion and bell peppers; cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water; cook until water has evaporated and vegetables are softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add beef. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season taco filling with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon filling onto tortillas, top with salsa and lettuce, and fold to enclose.

Serves 4.

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