Spicy Ground Beef Tacos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 white onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes

1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce

12 hard taco shells

Shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese and/or pickled jalapenos, for topping


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, oregano and garlic powder; cook, stirring, until the onion is coated, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the beef, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper to the skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, hot sauce and 1/4 cup water and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the juices are slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, warm the taco shells as the label directs. Fill with the beef mixture and top with lettuce, cheese and/or pickled jalapenos.