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Crispy Shell Tacos

Crispy Shell Tacos with Seasoned Ground Beef Filling

These crispy shell tacos are easy to make and delicious any night of the week.
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Ingredients

For the Seasoned Ground Beef Taco Meat:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 jalapeno chili pepper stem and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 dashes salt

For the Crispy Taco Shells:

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil amount may vary depending on the size of the skillet used

For the Tacos:

  • Crispy Taco Shells
  • Seasoned Ground Beef Taco Meat
  • 1 cup Mexican salsa
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded or thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium size tomato chopped

Instructions

For the Seasoned Ground Beef Taco Meat:

  • Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add ground beef, chopped jalapeno, chili powder, granulated garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.  Stir together.
  • Using a heat resistant spatula, break up the ground beef so that all of the meat is in small pieces about the same size.
  • Continue to cook the meat while stirring until it starts to brown and is thoroughly cooked.   
  • Transfer the ground beef from the skillet onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess grease. 
    Wrap the meat in the paper towel (to keep it warm) and set aside. 

For the Crispy Taco Shells:

  • To a small skillet, add canola oil.  Heat the skillet on medium heat.  
  • Add a tiny piece of a tortilla to the oil, when it starts to bubble, using cooking tongs, add a tortilla to the oil; hold up one side (half of the tortilla) out of the oil to form a taco shell.
  • After the side of the tortilla in the oil turns golden, using your tongs, turn the tortilla over to cook the other side.
  • Then, cook it until that side is also golden.  Transfer the taco shell from the pan onto a paper towel-lined plate.  Repeat the cooking process for the remaining tortillas.

For the Tacos:

  • Set the crispy taco shells in taco holders if you have them so the shells can be filled. Otherwise, lay the crispy taco shells on a plate so they can be filled.  
  • Fill the taco shells with a layer of meat.  Then spoon salsa over the meat.  
  • Next, top with shredded cheese, shredded cabbage, a dollop of sour cream, chopped tomatoes and chopped garnish.
  • Serve while the meat is warm.