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3 crispy tacos with sour cream and lettuce on a black plate

Crispy Beef and Cheese Tacos

Crispy & crunchy beef tacos, filled with plenty of cheese & topped with cool crisp lettuce. Served with a tangy & spicy crema that you're sure to love!
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef tacos, cheese, cheese tacos, corn tortillas, crispy tacos, hard shell tacos, tacos
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos
Calories: 347kcal


  • cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Hot Sauce
  • ½ Lime juiced
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 6 tablespoons Taco Seasoning season to your desired spice level
  • 6 Corn Tortillas
  • ¾ cup Jack Cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Romain Lettuce thinly sliced
  • Cilantro for serving


  • In a small bowl combine sour cream, hot sauce & lime juice. Stir until fully combined & set in the fridge to chill while you make the tacos.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the ground beef in 2 teaspoons olive oil, breaking it up as it cooks. When the beef is almost cooked through, add taco seasoning & stir to combine. 
  • Set the cooked ground beef aside in a bowl & wipe out the pan.
  • Return the pan to the heat & begin toasting the tortillas on the first side. The larger the pan, the more tortillas you can do at once. I can usually only fit 2 at a time. Heat the tortilla on the first side for 1-2 minutes, until it just barely begins to brown.
  • Flip the tortilla & cover with cheese. Top half of the tortilla with ground beef & let it cook for a minute until the cheese begins to melt.
  • Once the cheese has begun melting, flip the side of the tortilla with no beef, over the side with the beef. Forming a taco.
  • Remove the taco from the pan & continue with remaining tortillas.
  • Once all tacos are formed, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat & fry the tacos on both sides, until they are crispy, about 4 minutes.
  • Once tacos are fried, fill them with lettuce & serve with crema.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 466mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1798IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 2mg