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Lighter Beef Tacos

Lighter Beef Tacos
Photo by Reed Davis / Courtesy of Everday Food Copyright
Cook Time:
20 mins
Prep Time:
20 mins

Chef notes

For the best flavor, warm the tortillas briefly in the microwave before serving.


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



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.


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.

Source: Everyday Food, September 2008