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Fried Tacos. Seasoned ground beef tucked into corn and flour tortilla shells and pan fried. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

Authentic Mexican Fried Tacos

Crisp up your next taco night. Great Mexican recipe with a unique seasoning for the ground beef mixture. This is a recipe for fried tacos where seasoned and cooked ground beef are placed in tortillas, then pan fried and shaped.
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 168kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup red or yellow bell peppers chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano preferably Mexican Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 12 tortillas for frying
  • canola oil for frying
  • Sour cream and salsa for serving


  • Cook the ground beef in a skillet until brown and crumbly, stirring occasionally and breaking up with a wooden spoon. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until softened. Stir in the herbs and spices and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato paste and stir well. Stir in the water as needed for consistency. Cover and cook on low for 10 minutes.
  • Place a little of the beef mixture on each corn tortilla and roll up. Secure with a wooden toothpick and fry quickly in a little oil until golden. For the flour tortillas, place beef mixture on half of the tortilla and fold over. Fry on each side until browned.
  • Serve with sour cream and salsa.


You can’t just take a corn tortilla out of the package and fill it with taco ingredients. They’ll be rubbery and break. You have warm them into a pliable taco shell. I’ve always found the Rick Bayless method to yield best results. Drizzle about three tablespoons of water over a clean kitchen towel. Wrap your corn tortillas in the towel. Slide the package into a gallon sized plastic bag. Don’t seal the bag. Microwave the tortillas at 50% power for four minutes. This creates a steamy packet. Let sit 2 -3 minutes inside package before making tacos.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg