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Lighter Beef Tacos
Photo by Reed Davis / Courtesy of Everday Food
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For the best flavor, warm the tortillas briefly in the microwave before serving.


  • Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, such as safflower
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper
    • 3/4 pound ground beef sirloin
    • 12 soft corn tortillas (6-inch)
    • Store-bought salsa and shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving


1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion and bell peppers; cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water; cook until water has evaporated and vegetables are softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add beef. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season taco filling with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon filling onto tortillas, top with salsa and lettuce, and fold to enclose.