Thursday, October 20, 2005

Mexican Meat Filling for Tacos, Burritos, Nachos or Tostadas

I really do not take much more time to make your own filling rather than using the spice packages for Taco/meat filling. Making your own allows you to save money (packages are expensive), control what is in the filling and allow you to make the filling as hot or mild as you like.

This recipe uses lean ground beef but you can use ground turkey or pork. You use liquid to keep the meat from drying out and you can use stock, water, or tomato sauce instead of the tomato juice. If you want to thicken it a little more you can use a little cornstarch, flour or potato starch before you are going to serve to the filling to a little thicker consistency.


1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pound lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup tomato juice
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until wilted. Break up the ground beef with a fork and add it to the skillet. Stir an Continue stirring until the meat browns; drain out excess fat. Stir in tomato juice, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Cook stirring occasionally until mixture is heated through and the taste is well combined.

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