Homemade Taco Recipes

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September 22, 2010

Homemade Tacos on a PlateIt'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.



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 ;-)

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May 23, 2012

We love tacos, the kids can add their own toppings so it satisfies everyone.

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February 24, 2006

I warm the corn tortillas with a small amount of butter on each side. Fill them with the meat, bean mixture add the cheese and now I add black olives and chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onion, or whatever you like...

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October 25, 2018

I just love 'tacos' filled to the brim with everything I love the most!

Loaded Taco and ingredients in background

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September 18, 2009

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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August 31, 2011

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

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June 22, 2008

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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October 29, 2012

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

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October 22, 2012

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

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June 8, 2010

In a hurry to make taco meat for supper? I bought Old El Paso Taco Seasoning in a shaker (instead of a bag) and used what I thought would be good. I added Old El Paso mild salsa and a little bit of garlic salt. It was wonderful!

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May 5, 2010

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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March 16, 2009

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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May 1, 2007

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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August 12, 2005

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

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July 23, 2008

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


July 23, 20080 found this helpful

I found this recipe on I hope this helps!

Jack-in-the-Box Tacos

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup refried bean
1/4 teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 cup mild taco sauce (Ortega or Pico Pica brand or any smooth taco sauce, no chunks of tomato and stuff)
12 soft corn tortillas (try to use thin ones and warm them up before using so they don't crack when you fold them)
3 cups cooking oil, crisco oil will give the tacos a taste closest to the original
6 slices American cheese
1 head finely chopped lettuce
1Slowly brown the ground beef over low heat, using a wooden spoon to chop and smoosh the meat, keep it very fine and smooth.
2When the beef is brown, drain the fat.
3Add the refried beans and use the wooden spoon to smash the whole beans into the mixture, creating a smooth texture.
4Add the salt, chili powder, and 2 tablespoons of the taco sauce to the mixture; remove from the heat.

5In another skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until hot (test with a small piece of tortilla, it should bubble when dropped into the oil).
6Spread 1/12 of the beef mixture on the center of each corn tortilla.
7Fold the tortillas over and press so that the beef filling acts as an adhesive and holds the sides together.
8Drop each taco into the pan of hot oil and fry on both sides until crispy.
9When cooked, remove the tacos from the oil and place them on a rack or some paper towels until they are a little cooler.
10Pry open each taco slightly; add 1/2 slice of American cheese (cut diagonally) and some lettuce; top with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the remaining taco sauce.

PS I am originally from Arthur, IL - I am now a Yankee Transplant in Mississippi! :)

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July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Sounds like your talking about chimichangas, they are prepared that way, too, filled with chicken or beef.

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July 23, 20080 found this helpful

I too am from the Champaign, Illinois area.

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July 23, 20080 found this helpful

I got a recipe from this site for baked chimichangas. I've made them several times over. Yummy! It was originally from Connie from Oden, Arkansas.


Very easy to put together with just a few ingredients.

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October 2, 2012

I am looking for taco recipes.

By Brenda from Tyler, TX

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September 19, 2019

Use a waffle maker to create this taco like omelette. If you add cheese to the maker first you can even enjoy a nice crunch without the tortilla. Add your favorite fillings, fold, and enjoy.

Cheesy Omelette Taco on plate

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