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Spicy Beef Tacos

Easy to make, fun to eat these spicy beef tacos make the perfect family meal.
Course Dinner,, lunch
Cuisine International
Keyword beef, easy, taco
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 480kcal
Author Jacqueline Bellefontaine


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red chilli seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 500 g lean minced beef
  • 4 ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 300 g can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder Optional
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground corinader
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To Serve:

  • 12 taco shells
  • guacamole
  • spicy tomato salsa
  • grated cheddar cheese


  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry one chopped onion and one chopped chilli gently for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in 2 cloves crushed garlic.
  • Add 500g (1lb2oz) mince and cook until browned, breaking up with a spoon as it cooks.
  • Stir in 2 tsp paprika,1 tsp each chilli powder( if using), cumin, coriander and oregano.
  • Add 4 chopped tomatoes, and 400g (14oz) can drained red kidney bean and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes. Season to taste.

To serve

  • Heat the taco shells as directed on the packet.
  • Spoon the meat filling into the shells and top with a little guacamole, salsa and cheese. Serve immediately.


Nutrition information is calculated using an online nutrition database - is approximate and is meant as a guideline only. (It does not include seasoning with salt and pepper.)


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 1114mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1698IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 6mg