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Taco Filling


Fold this Mexican-style mixture into corn tortillas for our Beef Tacos, or try it in our Classic Taco Salad, on top of sweet potatoes, or as a hearty addition to stews.

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  • Yield: Makes 6 cups

Source: Everyday Food, June 2005


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped onions (about 3 medium onions)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno chile, minced (seeds and ribs removed for less heat, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • Coarse salt


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, and coriander; cook, stirring, 1 minute.

  2. Add beef; cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. Season generously with salt.

Cook's Notes

To freeze: Cool filling completely, then divide among small airtight containers; freeze up to 3 months. Before using, defrost overnight in the refrigerator (or in the microwave).

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