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crispy tacos

María’s Crispy Tacos

  • Author: María
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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Units Scale
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning, to taste*
  • 1 C chunky salsa
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 1/2 C extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 C water, optional
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • Toppings: pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, more shredded cheese, sour cream, hot sauce


  1. Place a heavy skillet, at least 10″ in diameter, over medium-high heat. Allow the pan to preheat for 1-2 minutes. Add the ground beef and allow it to sear for 3-4 minutes. After that side is seared, being breaking the ground beef up with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Sprinkle the kosher salt over the ground beef, and continue stirring and breaking up the meat as it cooks until no more pink remains.
  2. Drain all of the excess greases off of the ground beef. Reduce the heat to medium and transfer the ground beef back to the skillet. Stir in the taco seasoning and salsa, then taste the filling. Add more salt or taco seasoning if you think it needs it. If you’d like a saucier filling stir in the water. Cover with a lid and set aside. 
  3. Preheat a large griddle over medium heat. Drizzle a tablespoon or so of oil in and spread it around, coating the surface. Lay down as many tortillas as can fit comfortably and allow to cook for about 20 seconds. 
  4. When you can hear the tortillas sizzling and bubbling around the edges, add a spoonful of cheese to the center of each tortilla, followed by a couple of tablespoons of filling.  Allow the tacos to cook this way for about 30-45 seconds undisturbed. Monitor the heat so they don’t brown too quickly or burn.
  5. When the tortilla seems to be getting a bit wrinkly and lifting off the pan use a spatula to fold one side of the tortilla over onto itself into a taco shape, using a second spatula to hold the filling inside and push back in any that escapes.
  6. Fry the taco on that side for a minute, then flip. Continue frying and flipping until your desired crispiness and color is reached, generally about 2-4 minutes on each side. Place the tacos on a wire rack over a baking sheet in a 175°F oven while you continue cooking, and repeat until all the tacos are cooked.
  7. Top ’em. Check out the section just above this recipe card for ideas! Dassit. 


  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
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