Demo Kitchen Recipe: Traditional Tacos

For many, tacos are THE definition of Mexican food. Our recipe focuses on the classic preparation. But whatever you prepare as a filling, we STRONGLY suggest skipping the microwave and warming the corn tortillas in the oven - see step #3 below. The tortillas gain not only an attractive color but also a delicious smoky/toasty note.


Traditional Tacos



  • 3 White Onions, diced and divided in half
  • as needed Vegetable Oil
  • 5lbs Taco Meat or Ground Beef
  • ½ c Taco Seasoning (see below)
  • 1 c Water
  • as needed 6-inch Corn Tortillas (~ 40)
  • 2 Bunches Cilantro, chopped

Taco Seasoning (Whisk all spices together) Makes ~1 cup.



  • 5 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2.5 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2.5 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Chili Flake


  • 1. In a large shallow pan over medium-high heat, sauté half of the onions in a small amount of oil just until they start to turn translucent.
  • 2. Add the beef and taco seasoning to the pan continue to cook until the meat starts to brown. Add the water, cover, and let simmer until meat is fully cooked.
  • 3. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil in groups of 10. Place the tortillas in a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until they are soft.
  • 4. Spoon a small amount of the seasoned beef into each tortilla and top with diced onion and cilantro. Serve with your favorite salsa or lime wedges.