Homemade Taco Recipes

Making tacos just the way you like them is easy and fun to do at home. This page contains homemade taco recipes.

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It's so much fun to set up this "choose your own ingredients" meal for company and watch the choices and how they build their own tacos. As for the taco shells, you can make it easier on yourself by simply serving soft shells by heating the corn tortillas in a microwave tortilla warmer instead of frying them ahead in oil.

Here's a list of my favorite taco ingredients to prepare and set out. The bonus is that any leftovers can be used to make your own personal "build your own taco salads" the next day including crumbling any leftover chips into it.


  • ground beef, chicken or pork
  • jalapenos, diced
  • green chiles, diced
  • onion, diced
  • cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • lettuce, chopped
  • sour cream
  • salsa, at least two choices
  • tomatoes, diced
  • avocado, diced and tossed with lemon juice


Set everything out and let the fun begin!

Besides the taco ingredients I make corn tortilla chips by deep frying them instead of serving store bought and make a simple guacamole and con queso for an alternative dipping sauce other than just salsa. Oh, and black olives on the side to help cut the heat for the jalapeno lovers ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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Traveling some years ago in South Dakota we stopped at a small town tavern. Their special was a deep fried type of taco. Anyone have a recipe to make a deep fried taco?

Wynd from Champaign, Il

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Now to complete the meal!

Salsa Verde

Tomatillos about 1/2 pound or so

Jalapeno peppers or Serrano ( more heat)

one clove garlic

one slice onion

very little water ( if needed)

little salt

Clean tomatillos ( light green more astringent) of paper coverings. Wash

Wash jalapeno or serrano peppers and remove stems. for less heat, remove some seeds.

Put wet tomatillos and peppers in microwave and cook til done.

Dump tomatillos and peppers in blender-- add salt, garlic and onion - blend to liquefy - adding very little water -

I keep mine in a jar in the frig-- will last forever. Try some with soup or beans this winter!

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How many pounds of ground beef do I need to feed a 100 people tacos?

Elaine from Atlanta, GA

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I have a cookbook that I looked this up in, it's not for tacos, but for hamburgers for 100 people, will take 35 lbs. of ground beef. I hope this helps you out.

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These meals are intended to be a relatively simple and healthy weeknight meal for a family of four. We assume that these dinners are being made in a kitchen stocked with regular kitchen staples. We will not include prices of oil, sugar, flour, spices, etc. unless you need a 1/4 cup or more. Regional food prices may vary and can be reduced by smart shopping techniques.

Shopping List

1 pound ground beef
(or use a beef/turkey mixture)
1 bunch green onions (scallions)$.99
1 head garlic $.50
1 6 oz can tomato paste$.89
1 tomato, diced.99
1 package flour tortillas$1.69
shredded cheese$.99
sour cream$.89
Total Cost = $9.53


  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Oregano
  • Salsa Or Taco Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Chop green onions, reserving most of green part for later and mince or press 4-5 garlic cloves. Take a large skillet and brown ground beef, adding in onion and garlic after a couple of minutes. When it is throughly cooked, drain any grease and return to heat. Ground beef being cooked with onions, garlic and peppers.

Add tomato paste and a can of water, including juices to the pan. Add 1 Tbsp. of cumin, chili powder and oregano and mix everything together. Adding tomato paste to cooked ground beef

Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt, pepper or other spices as needed. You can also add some extra water to make it the proper consistency. A pan of cooked ground beef for taco meat.

While this is cooking, dice tomato and set aside. Shred cheese, if necessary. Heat tortillas according to package directions. I like to use my microwave, place 4-6 tortillas between two slightly moist paper towels and heat for 30 seconds at a time until warm and flexible. Set out all the fixings and have each person make their own. Then fold in the sides, roll them up and eat 'em! An assembled soft taco ready to be rolled


  • There are many other fixings that would go good with these. I have also used limes, cilantro, cucumbers, lettuce, avacado, olives and jalapenos.
  • You can make much of this ahead. Leftovers taste as good at the original.
  • If you are lucky enough to have an excess of tomatoes from your garden, make a fresh salsa instead of a jar.
  • Grilled chicken or beef would also be wonderful in these, like fajitas
  • If you would like a vegetarian meal instead, substitute the ground beef for a can of refried or black beans. Beans would be a nice addition even with the meat.
A child eating a soft taco.

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I am looking for taco recipes.

By Brenda from Tyler, TX

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Brenda, here are a bunch of different taco recipes in this guide. The ones at the top received the most "Thumbs Up" but many of them predate this system. If you look to the right of the page, you will also see guides for specific types of tacos, such as vegetarian.

Please let us know what you try. Tacos are a favorite in my household.

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Recipe ... can/Tacos/Homemade-Taco-Recipes.html

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Easy to put together. Great fundraiser for outdoor event. Fry ground meat in a large skillet. When meat is browned, add taco seasoning mix and water or broth.

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Cold tacos are simple, quick and nice in hot weather or a quick snack, brunch or lunch.

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Combine first 3 ingredients with 1/2 teaspoon salt in bowl, mixing well. Knead on floured board until smooth. Divide into portions and roll out individual fry breads. Fry in hot deep oil until brown. Saute' onions in 1/4 cup oil in skillet.

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After browning off your meat and making the sauce, use your food processor to almost puree the sauce. Taco Bell copycat?

By jeanne from Cortez, CO

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This is a great tasting recipe that makes quite a few tacos!

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Thinly slice the steaks (as for stir-fry). Sprinkle steaks with salt; set aside. For sauce, in small bowl whisk together coffee, ketchup, and chili powder.

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Cover the bottom of 6-inch non-stick frying pan with 1/2 cup of the Mexican-blend cheese. Fry until it is lightly browned on one side. Pour off excess fat. Turn it over with a large spatula and cook until lightly browned on other side.

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Cook your ground beef, add onion, salt, pepper, garlic and anything else you like. Set it aside in a bowl near the pan. Clean the pan or use a clean frying pan. Put about a Tbsp. of oil in the pan and let it get hot enough to sizzle if you flick a drop of water at it (stand back, lol).

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Brown about 1 pound of Hamburger. Boil about 6 large potatoes.

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Years ago a friend of mine made homemade taco shells, and I lost the recipe. Does anyone have a recipe? It was so simple and the tacos were so soft. Thanks.

Antoinette J. from Cincinnati, OH


Recipe for Homemade Taco Shells

http://www.recipezaar.com/recipes.php?q=taco+shells (01/18/2008)


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