Ground Beef Tacos

Prep Time: About 40 minutes (about 30 minutes hands-on time)

Meal Notes: We can debate the merits of ground meat tacos versus shredded meat tacos versus diced meat tacos all day, but, when it comes to ground beef tacos, this is, hands-down, the winning recipe in my book. It makes an exceptionally delicious weeknight dinner or an easy, festive taco bar, especially when served with cheddar cheese, diced onion, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, guacamole, and chips.

Source: Emeril Lagasse


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 3 Tablespoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups beef stock

  • 1/4 tomato paste

  • 1 can black beans


  • Prep Ingredients: Dice onion. Mince garlic. Drain black beans in a colander and rinse with water.

  • Cook Beef: Add olive oil to skillet and heat over a medium flame. Once hot, add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add garlic and cumin, then saute for another minute before adding the ground beef. Break up the piece as the beef cooks. When meat is browned, after about 10 minutes, season with chipotle pepper and salt. Add beef broth and add tomato paste. Cook the meat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.

  • Finish: Stir in black beans and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until beans are heated through. Serve with tortillas and your favorite taco fixings.