Ground Beef Taco Recipe
The one thing my handful of babes will be able to do when they move out of my house is cook. Hell, I hope by the time I have a couple kids in middle school that the two oldest will be cooking dinner for the family two nights a week, instead of this mama. Let’s face it, I am raising future adults, not children. However, I do have five children and with that comes a busy schedule. I am not talking busy like karate on Monday, drum lessons on Tuesday, STEM club on Wednesday, Mandarin on Thursday, and Soccer on Friday. No my friends, I do not roll like that. My boys get one, yes one, extracurricular activity each. I once was advised by a veteran mom (by the way veteran moms actually are wise) when you have multiple children, encourage them to all be in the same activities. Luckily, so far, all my boys love soccer or were easily persuaded to love soccer. Tomato, tomahto. We are knee deep in soccer in this house. Six out of seven days of the week someone or all of us are on the field, so dinnertime is tricky.
PBJ sandwiches get boring to eat day after day and McDonalds (do not get me started on our favorite drive thru Chick-fil-A) is at least $30 a visit to feed these boys. I know a lot of other ways I would enjoy spending $30–buying food multiple times a week from a drive thru, is not one of them. Enter my desire to find meals my Four Hungry Boys will eat, that are fast to prepare and are somewhat healthy.
We love tacos! Who does not like tacos?! Especially when you bake them, the melted cheese and the crunchy shells take an ordinary taco to extraordinary. I used to make these Ground Beef Tacos by assembling the ingredients individually: refried beans on the bottom of the taco shell, followed by ground beef, then taco sauce, and finally topped with cheese. As much as we loved these tacos, it took too long to prepare such a simple meal. Until now! Let Boy #1 teach you how to make tasty Ground Beef Tacos–easy to prepare on any busy weeknight.
First brown the ground beef.
Then drain the grease. As an adult who has a movement disorder I have trouble draining the grease out of the pan, so I can only imagine how trying it can be for a kid. Not to mention the pan is heavy, even for this strong 10 year-old kid. I have tried those contraptions you attach to the pan to make draining the grease easier, but have had no success. So enter my solution, a colander and a bowl. BAM! Why drain in a bowl? The bowl collects the grease so it does not go down the garbage disposal.
Next season the ground beef with taco seasoning and add water.
Now add a can of refried beans to the beef mixture.
Add 1 cup of taco sauce to the beef and bean mixture. Allow the mixture to simmer and thicken for 10-15 minutes.
While the mixture is simmering shred the cheddar cheese. Even in a time crunch I prefer to use fresh shredded cheddar over packaged pre- shredded cheese, fresh shredded cheddar is just better!
After the beef mixture has thickened, fill the taco shells. As you can see if you flip a muffin tin it makes a great taco holder.
Top the tacos with shredded cheddar cheese.
If you have the time, place the Ground Beef Tacos in the oven for 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 1/2 cup of taco seasoning (or two season packets)
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1 can of refried beans
- 1 cup of taco sauce
- 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 12 taco shells
1. In a large frying pan brown the ground beef on medium heat.
2. Drain the grease and return the pan to the burner.
3. Season the ground beef with taco seasoning and add water. Allow mixture to come to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Add a can of refried beans to the ground beef mixture and thoroughly incorporate the beef and beans together.
5. Add the taco sauce to the beef and bean mixture and stir to incorporate. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer and then turn the burner down to low and simmer, stirring mixture frequently, for 10 minutes or until mixture thickens.
6. Scoop beef mixture into hard taco shells.
7.Top the tacos with shredded cheddar cheese.
8. Bake the tacos in the oven, 350 degrees, for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to melt. (Optional)