Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Stand Time
5 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

It doesn't have to be Cinco de Mayo to enjoy some Mexican-inspired cuisine. These tacos are perfect for any occasion. Tacos are a go-to on busy weeknights because all you have to do is prepare the beef, chop the toppings and everyone can assemble their own. These tacos get their authentic flavor from cumin and chili powder without raking in the additional sodium content and extra ingredients often found in pre-packaged seasoning mixes. Reviewers have noted the kid-friendly nature of this family dish and we couldn't be happier. Taco night just got a lot easier (and tastier) with this simple recipe!  

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well. Remove beef; wipe skillet with a paper towel.

Step 2

Sauté onion in hot oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili powder, cumin, salt, and beef. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, 3/4 cup water, and salsa. Mash pinto beans in skillet with fork, leaving some beans whole. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced.

Step 3

Top evenly with cheese and cilantro. Cover, turn off heat, and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve with taco shells or tortillas and desired toppings.

Chef's Notes

Top these tacos with avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, or any topping of your choosing! Enjoy!

Ratings & Reviews

StephanieC72's Review

October 25, 2013
I grew up near the border and always LOVED good Mexican food, including tacos. I've had the hardest time finding a recipe that reminds me of the wonderful tacos I could get near home...until I found this one. The flavor, the texture...everything tastes as it should, as far as I'm concerned. I often elect to make this recipe for Mexican lasagna, using this instead of canned refried beans. Wonderful!

steponme's Review

September 10, 2012
I personally prefer this meat mixture in a burrito or over tortilla chips for some righteous nachos, but not for tacos. The texture just doesn't work in a taco shell for me. With that said, will definitely use again in burritos and nachos.


October 19, 2015
Made this for my boyfriend and myself and have to say it was one of the easiest and much healthier recipe! Didn't melt the cheese on top and added minced fresh garlic for taste! Smells amazing for sure!

RusstheCook's Review

March 13, 2014
This is a great recipe and very versatile. I usually use boneless chicken breasts cut into small pieces instead of the beef and beans. I sometimes use only the ground beef, and when my vegetarian granddaughter visits I make it with only the beans. This is handy for many variations. If you want to prepare a glutton free meal, you can serve it over crushed corn chips and lettuce.

cjeanbergeron's Review

September 26, 2013

Essyli088's Review

June 30, 2013

Rasdrms's Review

February 27, 2013
I made this tonight with a side of rice similar to Chipotle's rice. It was very good. My husband really liked it. I added chopped green chiles which really added to the taste. This will be a regular in the house.

Charlotte100's Review

May 10, 2011
Love this recipe - omitted the beans & cheese & I let it simmer for 30 mins. - very good

pbhptx's Review

February 27, 2010
Family favorite. We make it often. I cut back on the chile powder b/c I have small children. I also reduce the cheese to 1 cup (healthier, and we don't miss it). Great weekday meal.

rarndt's Review

February 26, 2010
My husband and one of my sons asked for more. My very picky 7 year old even kept eating at it for a while. Will definitely make again. Added 4/19/11 I have made this many times now. Easy to make and the whole family still likes it.