Spicy Beef Tacos

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Spice up your taco night…

Sure you can reach for a packet of taco seasoning to prepare your ground beef for taco night, but why not dive into that spice rack and turn things up a notch instead? We amp up the spicy beef with cayenne pepper kick. That delicious taco earthiness is still there, too, with both chili powder and cumin delivering the flavors you expect. Your taco building station won’t know what hit it!

Note: If you want more heat….first, we’re with you. Second, increase the cayenne by 1/2 teaspoon increments, Don’t increase the amount of chili powder used (or reduce it proportionately). Chili powder contains many ingredients beyond chilies that add to the taco flavor, like garlic powder, oregano, and cumin. As a heat source, it’s diluted compared to cayenne and adding too much can over-spice the meat. 

Spicy Beef Tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10 tacos

Ingredients

For the spicy beef

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic approximately 4 cloves
  • 2/3 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the taco assembly

  • 1 package hard taco shells
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican style cheese pepper jack and cheddar
  • 1/2 lettuce head shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Chili powder

Instructions

Prepare the spicy beef

  • Cook the ground beef over medium heat. When nearing fully browned, add in the flour, garlic, chili powder, and cayenne pepper powder. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often, until aromatic.
  • Add in the beef stock and increase the heat to bring the mix to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mix is thickened (approximately 20 minutes).
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare the taco building station

  • Warm the tacos shells and place the Mexican style shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and sour cream out for self-service taco building.
  • Transfer the spicy beef into a serving bowl and place among the other ingredients.
  • Place additional chili powder in a small dish to allow for post-taco-build sprinkling for an extra burst of heat.
  • Build away!
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