All American Beef Taco

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
45 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 3/4 cup peanut oil
  • 12 (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas
  • Kosher, for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon for beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 16 ounces ground sirloin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 recipe Taco Potion #19, recipe follows
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 6 ounces panela cheese, crumbled
  • 12 pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce, optional
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, optional
  • Special equipment: heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Taco Potion #19:
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Make a taco mold by rolling out aluminum foil and folding it over in 10-inch increments until you have a 4-sheet-thick piece of foil. Fold the large foil square in half horizontally, bringing the bottom to the top, and then turn 90 degrees. Crimp over the top and bottom edges by 1 inch, and then fold over the sides by 1 inch. Place the aluminum foil roll or a narrow rolling pin into the center of the foil square and bring the sides together to create a hollow, narrow tube to mold the taco, making sure it can stand up on the long side.

Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the peanut oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer, about 5 minutes. Adjust the heat to maintain the temperature.

Shape 1 tortilla around the aluminum foil mold, forming a taco shape. Use tongs to hold up the sides against the mold and put the bottom of the tortilla into the hot oil and fry for 20 seconds. Lay 1 side of the tortilla down in the hot oil and fry for 30 seconds. Flip the tortilla over and fry for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the taco shell to a cooling rack set over a newspaper lined half sheet pan and cool for 30 seconds before removing the mold. Sprinkle the hot tortillas with kosher salt, to taste. Repeat frying procedure with the remaining tortillas. Keep the taco shells warm in the heated oven while preparing the filling.

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil from the skillet and return to medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned around the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and garlic. Cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, to break up the meat. Add Taco Potion and beef broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Assemble each taco with meat mixture, panela, jalapeno slices, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Taco Potion #19:

Put all of the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Yield: 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons

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WoW this was really very good! Will not buy packaged stuff ever again. I only added 1/2 tsp. of salt to the meat. And 1-2 tsp. of mixed #9 potion. Taste as you add it with the broth to reach desired flavor would be best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good tacos! excellent even ! but from other reviewers i have to mention that the taco potion is a seperate recipe and even though its kinda funny people are dumping the entire spice mix in only spice to your flavor profile mine was perfect at 2 tbs per pound of meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This inspired me so I made some tacos loosely based on this recipe. Check it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now compared to the other taco recipe this wasn't too bad. I like it but it wasn't the greatest. I would still recommend it if someone wants to try something different. If you would like to read more detail about it the ground beef tacos check with my site Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a review review of the just the mmeat seasoning portion as I had run out of our giant container of McCormick taco mix and needed to make my own. Im SO glad I ran out! This was fabulous and I'll never by the pre-mixed again as this was deliocious and much fresher taseting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We did not include any of the salt from this recipe and just used 3 1/2 T of the spice mix and it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It appears the recipe for the taco potion may have been corrected from the original version. A reader mentioned that it used to say 1 Tbs of salt for the taco potion. It now reads 2 tsp of salt. I still thought 2 tsp of salt for a pound of ground beef was also too much, but I trusted Alton. The meat came out extremely salty. I salvaged the mix by putting it in a colander and running cold water through it to rinse all of the spices off. I then started my own seasoning from scratch. Perhaps 1 tsp salt is more appropriate for the taco potion, and then you can adjust salt later. I simplified the recipe by adding garlic and onion powder to the taco potion rather than using chopped onion and garlic. Bon Appetit item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wish I would have read reviews before making. Could hardly eat. Should've know that 1 tablespoon salt (total) for 1 lb of meat would put anyone in the hospital and the hot smoked paprika just out right nasty. Will try one more time and leave out cayenne, paprika and 2 tsp salt from potion and we might have a winner. You can always flavor to taste at the end. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much salt. And too spicy. Would cut the salt, chili powder and cayenne amounts in half, at least! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the 4 th time that I have made this recipe .Ii has always been good BUT this time, taking into consideration many of the review,I think I have it right. I drained the cooked meat,which is something I always do when I make tacos.I eliminated the salt from the Potion and put only half the stated salt in the meat. This time I only used half the Potion because the full recipe seems like a lot of spices for 1 pound of meat. I really like the spice combination and it sure beats the packet!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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