I made these up one night when I was confronted with a pound of ground beef and didn't want to make either burgers or tacos ... so why not combine the two? I used the white corn taco shells that come 12 in a 4.6 oz. box so they're kind of small; if you use larger shells the yield will be less; yield also depends on how much you fill 'em up! Also, a little of the tangy "taco sauce" I created goes a long way.
- 1 1⁄4 lbs ground beef (preferably ground sirloin)
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced,white and part of green
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (I use hickory)
- 6 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 teaspoons ballpark mustard
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chili powder
- 12 small taco shells (12 to a 4.6 oz. box; use a different size if you like)
Toppings of choice
- lots of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- In a saucepan, cook the diced bacon until lightly crisp; pour off all but about a half tablespoon of bacon grease.
- Add ground beef and green onions and cook together until beef is thoroughly cooked through, then stir in chili powder, salt, pepper and Liquid Smoke and cook together another 10 minutes.
- Combine the"taco sauce" ingredients in a small bowl.
- Assemble tacos: Fill taco shells with bacon-ground beef, then a drizzle of the taco sauce then shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
- Heat in an oven or microwave until cheese is melted (has to be like a real cheeseburger, you know- LOL!), then add lettuce, tomato and onion.
I was happy to see this when I was searching for ways to use ground beef. I however am elated to finally resolve the tacos vs hamburger debate my 4 children have on a regular basis. There was peace at the family table that night. (Thank you, Thank you!!)
My kids really enjoyed these fun, easy tacos. I was out of green onions, so sub'd chopped white onion and added a couple of garlic cloves to the meat. The sauce was tangy. I still prefer regular tacos, but this is good when you want something different and definitely a kid-pleaser. Thanks for posting.
I melted the cheese with the beef, but next time I'm going to sprinkle it on top like the directions said. Would make again.