Beef Tacos for Dinner

Beef Taco

My kids were raised in UAE and they sometimes question me and their dad about why we feed them rice every day at every meal. 

The answer to that is that because we are Filipinos! It's in our blood! Just kidding. Well, it is a staple.

That's our diet and that's how we were raised back in the Philippines. Fried rice for breakfast (which is the leftover rice from the night before) rice for lunch, and rice for dinner. Sometimes for merienda (snack) too. We buy rice in sacks of 10 kg. I kid you not.

So from time to time, I give them something else. 

They love beef tacos. I serve it deconstructed and they build their own.

Dinner Beef Tacos

Beef Taco is easy to make. You start with a good fresh minced beef.

For this recipe you need:

For the Beef
1 kilo of fresh minced beef
3 tbsp of cooking oil
1 onion or 1 tsp onion powder (I used chopped onion)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder (I didn't add this because the kids have a love-hate relationship with chili so optional for me but by all means make it spicy)
2 tbsp soy sauce (because Asian but optional)
1 1/2 cup of water

Shredded romaine/iceberg lettuce
1 tomato chopped
1 avocado chopped or mashed made to guacamole
1 lime sliced
1 onion chopped (optional for us but feel free to add it as you like)
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
8-10 flour tortillas (I heated mine in my Nutricook air fryer) 

In a large pan, add oil and saute onions
Add beef and cook until it has changed color
Add taco seasoning (cumin, paprika, dried oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili) Mix until incorporated with beef
Add soy sauce and tomato paste, stir
Add water
Let it simmer until water is reduced but not completely dry and the beef is tender. 
Taste, and adjust saltiness and spiciness as per your liking.

How to build your taco

Take 1 tortilla
Add lettuce, top it with beef, tomato, avocado, (onion-optional) cheese, sour cream, squeeze lime juice
Fold or roll, take the first bite, and enjoy

If you have a problem with Filipinos eating rice at every meal, let us taco bout it!

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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