Tacos Buenos

These tacos are not only tasty, they stretch the meat, thereby helping your budget.  Whether our budget needs stretching or not, we make our tacos like this because they are just too good not to. You can use store bought shells, or make your own by frying corn tortillas in hot oil, using tongs to create the taco shape.

Tacos are a staple in the Cruz household, and a particular favorite of Antonio, Lola’s brother.


1 pound ground beef

3 potatoes, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tomatoes, finely chopped (or tomato sauce)

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp salt, to taste

1/4 – 1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped, for garnish (optional)


Brown beef in large frying pan.  Remove and drain excess fat.  In same frying pan, saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.  Return meat to pan.  Add potatoes, tomatoes (or tomato sauce), carrots, salt, and dash of pepper.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

For Taco Shells:

Heat oil in a frying pan.  Fry desired amount of corn tortillas, using tongs to create a taco shell shape.  Drain on paper towels.

To Serve:

Fill each taco with meat/potato filling.  Top with:

Parmesan cheese

Shredded Jack or Cheddar cheese

Sour Cream



Salsa, Pico de Gallo, and/or Guacamole

**NOTE: In my kitchen, I add Frontera Taco Seasoning. You can find it in the grocery store. It’s a great brand of sauces (the enchilada is another favorite!). Adding this sauce gives the taco filling great flavor and complexity.

Frontera Taco Skillet Sauce with Mild Red Chile + Cumin, 8 ...