Saucy beef tacos


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
*PLUS Serves: 4
Saucy beef tacos

Saucy beef tacos. Photo, Sian Richards.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Call your friends and crank up the music! Tacos are great for easy entertaining – everyone loves them. Add your favourite toppings, and watch dinner turn into a fab fiesta.


  • 2 tsp canola oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 500 g lean ground beef

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/2 156-mL can tomato paste, about 1/4 cup

  • 1 tbsp DIY taco seasoning

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 4 corn taco shells or flour tortillas


  • HEAT a large frying pan over medium-high. Add oil, then garlic and onion. Cook until onion is soft, 3 to 4 min. Crumble in beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink, 4 to 5 min. Add water, tomato paste, taco seasoning and sugar. Stir until warmed through, 2 to 3 min.

  • SERVE in tortillas.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 455, Protein 29g, Carbohydrates 33g, Fat 23g, Fibre 2g, Sodium 612mg.
Excellent source of Vitamin B12.

DIY taco seasoning: Get the recipe.

Tip: Try these tacos with pico de gallo salsa, tomatillo salsa, a sprinkle of grated mozzarella and a squeeze of lime.