Beef Tacos


We eat these quite a bit – in tortillas or on nachos. If you had the forethought to thaw your hamburger this recipe is done in less than twenty minutes, making it a great choice for a busy weeknight dinner. You could also use leftover roast chicken and have it on the table even sooner. Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
3 medium cloves chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 pound organic, grass fed ground beef
1 8 ounce can of organic tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Rockridge Orchards apple cider vinegar

In a skillet, brown onion in oil about 4 minutes until just beginning to soften. Add garlic, spices, salt and ground beef. Cook, breaking up meat until just beginning to brown. Add tomato sauce, sugar and vinegar. Simmer five to ten minutes until meat is done and flavors are melded.

9 Responses to Beef Tacos

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  2. Very similar recipe to our standard taco meat mixture except I do not add the cider or sugar. Tacos and burritos are one of several regular workday evening standard menu items. They are fast, tasty, and clean up is quick too.

  3. KFG you need to post more recipes so I can try them. :)

  4. I have started making homemade taco seasoning, but never thought about adding vinegar…I will try it when I make tacos later this week!

    • Hi Barbara, I never would have thought to try it myself but now I have started cooking with real apple cider vinegar from Rockridge Orchards it’s amazing how it rounds out nearly any flavor profile. I even added a splash to my pumpkin pie! And certainly anything with tomatoes would benefit from some too. If you are using the store bought stuff though use just a small amount.

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