It’s a flavor flashback! Everyday Food editor Sarah Carey demonstrates how to make the crispy beef tacos you loved as a child -- no kit required.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cayenne (if using), and chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add beef and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Spoon off excess fat. Serve filling in taco shells with toppings.
Sarah says, "My aunt Colleen made these tacos all the time when I was little, so I call them 1970s tacos (though they're actually pretty classic). The secret is in the filling: Using a few bold flavors and zesty spices is just as easy as tossing in some store-bought seasoning packet, and way more delicious! Now I make them for my kids on special occasions -- like Monday-night dinner."