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    Jefferson Adams

    Easy Ground Beef Tacos (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Caption: A finished ground beef taco. Photo: CC--TheCulinaryGeek

    As a kid, the first tacos I ever had were far from traditional Mexican style tacos. The were much closer to the style of tacos later made famous by chains like Taco Bell and others. They were made with ground beef, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. If your kids are partial to the fast food version, they will likely love these little gems.

    A finished ground beef taco. Photo: CC--TheCulinaryGeekIngredients:

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • ½ cup of water
    • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
    • 2 cups shredded lettuce
    • 2 cups diced tomato
    • 1½ cups shredded cheese
    • ½ cup chopped onion (as desired)
    • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning (see recipe below)
    • 10-12 crispy corn tortilla shells
    • Your favorite hot sauce or salsa, as desired.

    Taco Directions:
    Heat oil to medium heat in a large skillet.

    Add onions (if desired) and cook until clear.

    Add ground beef and cook until brown, draining away any excess oil.

    Add water and bring to a brief boil, then reduce the heat to a slow simmer.

    Add taco seasoning to taste. Add more or less as desired.

    Allow the mixture to cook down for about 10 minutes or so until the water cooks off.

    Remove from heat and serve meet in crispy corn tortilla shells. Garnish with lettuce, tomato and cheese.

    Add your favorite hot sauce or salsa as desired.

    Taco Seasoning Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons ground chili powder
    3 teaspoons ground cumin
    2 teaspoons salt
    2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon ground paprika
    ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    ½ teaspoon onion powder
    ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

    Mix ingredients in a bowl and place in a jar to use as needed.

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    Guest Catherine A. Becker


    We tried the tacos and they are GREAT. We will make the seasoning ingredients and have them on hand for anytime we want tacos. My granddaughter loved them, thank you!

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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