These Pan Fried Beef Tacos are so crispy on the outside, they’re totally addicting! This taco recipe is going to add a whole lot of fun to taco night!
Fried Taco Recipe
Yep, we’re going to make fried tacos.
Trying something fun and different on taco night is always a good thing.
Id a fried taco just a quesadilla? It did seem like a quesadilla cut in half, but the most delicious taco quesadilla ever.
We actually make quesadillas a lot at home, it’s one of the boys favorite dinners. These Chicken Enchilada Quesadillas or Sausage and Peppers Quesadillas, or these Meatball Pizza Quesadillas…we love them all.
So these pan fried tacos are basically a tasty beef taco with a super crispy shell. I guess sort of like a chalupa?
But the best part about these fried tacos, besides the way they taste is that they don’t fall apart when you eat them! That is a taco recipe WIN if you ask me.
How Do You Make Fried Tacos?
These tacos are so easy to make, I promise you’re going to be making them all the time. Just start out by making the beef filling, which has beef, of course, but also diced tomatoes and green chiles.
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 half of the tortilla, then top that with cheese. Lots of cheese…
Flip the empty side of the tortilla over to cover the filling half and press down with a plate or a spatula. Cook for a few minutes until the bottom is crispy then flip the fried taco over to get the other side nice and crispy too.
Can I Use Different Meat For The Taco Meat?
Definitely! Ground turkey or pork will work, even shredded chicken! Leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken cut up would be awesome in this taco filling.
So although making tacos is super easy, it’s not the hard part. Am I Right?
The hard part about tacos is getting ALL the toppings in little bowls or plates on the table. Because if you’re eating tacos at my house, there’s going to be a lot of topping options.
Which is what makes these pan fried tacos even better – there’s no toppings to set out because all the flavor is on the inside! We also love serving this taco recipe with guacamole, salsa and sour cream on the side for dipping.
Serve these fried tacos to your friends and family on taco night and see how much they love them!
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 (10 ounce can) Diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
- 1 (4.5 ounce can) green chiles
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 6 (8 inch) flour or whole wheat tortillas
- 3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the beef, breaking up with a spoon into crumbles until completely cooked through. Drain the grease and return to the skillet.
Next add the diced tomatoes, green chiles, salt, cumin and garlic powder. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes to warm the filling through, then transfer to a bowl.
Carefully wipe out the skillet with paper towels and spray with cooking spray.
Place a tortilla in the skillet and top one half of the tortilla with about 3/4 cup of the filling and 1/2 cup of cheese.
Fold the tortilla over to cover the meat half (like an omelette), press down with a spatula or a plate and cook for 2 minutes until the bottom is crispy.
Flip the taco over to crisp up the other side, another 2 minutes, then remove from the skillet and repeat with the remaining tortillas.
*You can heat your oven to 250-300 degrees to keep the tacos warm while you cook the rest.
Serving Size:1/2 taco
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234 Total Fat: 10.4g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 48mg Sodium: 433mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 22g