Taco Bell Tacos

Beef Filling
1 1/2 tablespoons masa harina
4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
1 1/3 pounds lean ground beef chuck
12 taco shells
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Sour cream (optional)

Beef Filling

Mix together all the ingredients except the meat. Stir the spice mix well to make sure that all spices have been blended well.

Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet (preferably nonstick) and brown, stirring well. Remove from the heat. Dump the meat into a strainer in the sink, rinse with hot water, and drain off the water and grease from the beef. Return the beef to the pan. Stir in the spice mix and 3/4 to 1 cup water. Simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until most of the moisture has cooked away. Remove from heat before the meat is completely dry.


If you like, you can refresh the taco shells in the oven at 350 for 7 to 10 minutes.

To assemble the tacos, into each shell spoon a couple of tablespoons of the meat. Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream if desired. Serve immediately.

I’ve found a substitute for the masa harina flavor is Frito’s corn chips.

They have a similar toasted corn flavor and work in recipes for small amounts. Masa harina (tamale corn flour) may be difficult to find in some areas. Try crushed Frito’s corn chips as a substitute for flavoring. But don’t try to make corn tortillas from them, that doesn’t work.

That is good to know. Luckily I found it the supermarket a few months back for Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup.