One of my very favorite meals is Tacos.

I make them every Tuesday . . .  not really!

By now, you already know that we are pretty plain jane in this house. I’ve debated for a while now, on whether or not to even share this.  Too simple!  This Taco recipe might just seem too bland for some of you, but for others it might just hit the spot.  You could leave the red kidney beans out of the ground beef, but it does provide a good dose of fiber!  My mom always put these bright red beans in tacos while I was growing up, and now tacos just don’t taste right without them. This recipe, isn’t really a recipe, but here’s what I do.

 Simple, Easy, Fast & delicious!


1 pound of ground beef

1 can of drained and rinsed Red Kidney beans (optional)

Salt & pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup salsa

1/3 cup water

1 pkg Taco seasoning mix

*I like many brands, but usually buy the Taco Bell brand.

I only use about 2 tablespoons, but you could use the entire package if you like.


Brown the ground beef  and drain all the grease off of it.  (Once I get all the grease off that I can, I take paper towels and squeeze the cooked ground beef in between the towels, to make sure that the grease has been removed thoroughly).  Add all remaining ingredients, and simmer over low heat.  If you desire it to have more sauce, simply add a bit more water and a bit more ketchup.  The ketchup gives it a better flavor than tomatoe sauce does.

Serve with corn or flour shells, lettuce, grated cheese, tomatoes, olives etc.

  • Suzette - 06/30/2010 - 6:55 am

    We love taco’s too. I like soft and my hubby likes corn so I came up with a solution for both of us. I warm the corn in the oven for 5 mins on each side, warm the flour on the griddle and then spread refried beans with melted cheese on the flour one and fold it over the corn ones. Then stuff with the yum middle. We all love them this way now. So I can’t wait to try your recipe with both shells. YUMReplyCancel

  • Barb - 07/05/2010 - 7:15 pm

    I tried this tonight. Rich took the first bite and said, “This is good!” (He rarely says that…) Even Charlie liked it. He looked a little nervous at first with the kidney beans and salsa chunks. But he liked it. It will probably be our regular taco recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - 08/11/2010 - 10:16 pm

    A couple of weeks ago I made taco’s and added the red kidney beans and we loved it!! Thanks for the great idea. I always add corn just like my mother.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - 10/14/2010 - 10:04 am

    I love that you shared a recipe using Taco Bell Taco Mix! We love the stuff! We use the whole bag. One of my favorite ways to make burger is mixing a whole bag with the ground beef. I make my burgers and once the are almost…just almost done I glaze them with Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce. It sounds weird but my son and his friends and my daughter and her friends LOVE them!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - 11/18/2012 - 10:36 pm

    Jonna, Barb told me to try these tacos and they are sooooooooooo yummy! My husband absolutely LOVES this taco recipe. I can never go back to plain old tacos again! I made it for my son’s friend one night and he ate so much (7 yrs old) and told his mom about it and I gave her the recipe and they love it. I’ve made it several times. I plan on trying your enchilada recipe next which uses this taco recipe for the meat. You are awesome and I just get fatter reading your website. THANKS for sharing!ReplyCancel