Ground Beef Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa (06.17.14)

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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 lb tomatillos
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers OR 2 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced

In a large frying pan, add ground beef, chili powder, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Break meat up. Cook for 5-7 minutes until all pink cooks out.

For the tomatillo salsa, place tomatillos, onion, peppers and garlic clove in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove tomatillos and other ingredients with a slotted spoon; place in a blender or food processor. Add the cilantro, lime juice and sugar. Pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season to taste with salt.

To serve, place some of the meat mixture in each tortilla, add some cheese, serve with some of the tomatillo salsa on top. Garnish with radish slices.

Other Suggested Taco Toppings: Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes, Cheese Sauce, Chopped Onions, Black Sliced Olives, Sliced jalapeno, Refried Beans, Sour cream, Guacamole, Hot Sauce, Taco Sauce, Scallions, Salsa

Sponsor: UT Beef Council


  • Jose A. Miranda

    Actually, these aren’t real tacos, especially when she put sugar in the the tomatillo chile, that’s nasty. Someone please give her real cooking utensils because all she has is that plastic spatula and a heater- like stove. It’s completely ridiculous to put spices after you put the ground beef on the stove, you do that BEFORE. You DON’T put cilantro, sugar, onion, and cosher salt in the chile. You MUST put something in the tomatillo chile to make it spicy, or no one is EVER going to like it. Isn’t that why you call it salsa, because its supposedly spicy? Now i’d like to give you a few hints, jennifer burns, if you really want to cook something hispanic and SIMPLE, make sure you get advice FIRST on HOW to make the meal.

    • Amy Kristin

      Actually this is the first salsa my kids have EVER been willing to eat. After I made this recipe they will now try foods they think they won’t like and that is a HUGE win for my house. As a mom with heart burn it is so nice to finally be able to eat foods I love without being up all night. You may be able to enjoy top dollar kitchen utensils, Jose, but I sure cannot. As a working mom with no time and a tight budget it is very nice to see someone cook with tools I actually HAVE. I personally love Jennifer and her simple style. I know no matter what I can cook any of her recipes even while camping. Fox is always my first choice for meal ideas. Keep it up, Jennifer, you are rocking it!!

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