Pan Fried Beef Tacos

Once you try these Pan Fried Beef Tacos you might never make them the same way again!


Pan fry a taco? For what reason? Well, I asked the same thing when Christie asked me if I wanted to try out something different for taco night.

It seemed to me that it was just like a quesadilla if you make them this way – but I was proven wrong.

It’s not.

When we make quesadillas it’s definitely mostly cheese. We’ve made Chicken Enchilada Quesadillas or Sausage and Peppers Quesadillas, but it’s all about the cheese.


But for these Pan Fried Beef Tacos, the starring role goes to the beef.

So it’s basically the tastiest beef taco with a crispy shell. And the best part about making a pan fried taco?

They don’t fall apart when you eat them.

That for me is a win win. I swear when the boys eat tacos half of what they are eating ends up on the plate and not in their mouths.

Not with these tacos, just pick up and eat. Everything stays in place.

The beef filling comes together really easily, just brown the beef, add some diced tomatoes and mild green chilies and a few seasonings.


Get the filling into a bowl and carefully wipe out the skillet with a few paper towels – this is the same pan you’ll be using to make your tacos.

Lay a tortilla down in the pan and add some of the beef filling to one side of the tortilla, then top that with some cheese.

Cook the taco open for a minute so that the “top” side of the tortilla browns a bit, then fold the tortilla in half and press down with a spatula.

Cook for a couple minutes and then flip the taco over to make sure the other side gets browned and crispy.

You can take this recipe and mix it up too, use chicken or ground pork or even shrimp. You can bust out whatever filling your family will love, make different fillings and have a taco party! You can even try making tacos for dessert like these Chocolate Tacos or a Banana Split Taco…now that’s a party.

Serve these up to your friends and family on taco night and see how much they love them!


Head over to Food Fanatic where you can get this recipe and tons of other mouth-watering meals!

7 Responses

  1. sheri

    We have been frying flour torts since I was a kid…57, and sprinkling with shredded cheese. Then proceed with making tacos. This filling is an awesome change to reg. tacos!! Thanks am going to make this tonight!!!

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  3. Daniella a

    Would i need to spray the pan or add a little oil when i place the tortilla in the pan with the filling? I worry about the tortilla sticking placing it straight on the pan after wiping it down. Also i use tortillas that need to be heated on the pan to form would those be okay to use?

    1. I’m not sure what kind of tortillas you’re using, but I’m sure they will be fine. You can spray the pan or add a little oil first, but the tortilla shouldn’t stick to a dry pan.

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