Classic Ground Beef Tacos

September 25, 2018thetipsyhousewife

If you have followed me for some time you probably know that I often talk about my Mom, Original Tipsy and how she instilled her love and talent for cooking in me. One person I haven’t mentioned is my Dad who shares an equal love of food and cooking. My Dad makes the best bread and lately has been experimenting with recipes that I am quite surprised by seeing, as the man claims to have never eaten an egg.  My memories of my Dad cooking always go back to classic, simple food that I always crave. I find it funny how you can be exposed to the best restaurants and food in the world and yet still crave those simple classics that remind you of your childhood.  One recipe that always makes me think of my Dad are these Classic Ground Beef Tacos. This isn’t necessarily a recipe, what is important about these Classic Ground Beef Tacos are the specific ingredients you need to have to make them just like I remember from my childhood. If you are in Chicago, you need to get all the ingredients at Jewel, because that’s where my Dad got the supplies. Here is what you need to make them:


These ingredients are KEY to making my Dad’s tacos. I also prefer the Jewel brand taco cheese but Kraft or  other brands are fine if you don’t live near a Jewel.

If you want tacos like my dad made you only use the ingredients above. But if you are more adventurous you can also use crunchy shells, lettuce, tomato, onions, sour cream and any other taco toppings you prefer.

The steps are typical :


  • Brown your ground beef.
  • Drain the fat from the meat.
  • Add your seasoning packet and the required amount of water.
  • Simmer the meat until the water is absorbed and heat your shells.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.

If you want a taco like my Dad and I like, your taco will look like the one below.

A simple but delicious classic taco of my childhood.

To be honest I love this simple taco. But since I am a food blogger and a Pinterest junkie, I had to make it look a little more fancy. Mr. Tipsy was more than glad to eat the fancier tacos. I added some crunchy shells to the choices and lots of toppings.

I also got these super cute taco plates from Aldi USA. I think they were $4.99 for 4 colors. Sadly I am not sure if they still have them.

I realize this isn’t a recipe necessarily, I just thought I would share the way my family makes their tacos. These tacos also make a great recipe for Halloween night as the meat can be kept in a crock pot and they are a great dinner to grab and go or to snack on while popping in and out from Trick Or Treating.

I would love to hear from you in the comments below as to how your family makes their tacos!

Thanks for reading!


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