Del Taco’s Crunchy Tacos Recipe

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef (80/20 lean to fat ratio is ideal)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3-4 tablespoons taco seasoning (store-bought or try the homemade mix below)

For the Tacos:

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Toppings:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Optional: chopped onions, sour cream, hot sauce, etc.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Make the Filling:

  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Break it up while cooking. Drain off any excess grease.
  • Add the water and taco seasoning to the beef. Stir well and let simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until most of the liquid has absorbed.

Prepare the Taco Shells:

There are two ways to get the crispy shells:

Frying:

  • Heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, use tongs to carefully fold a corn tortilla in half and dip into the oil. Hold for a few seconds until it begins to crisp slightly.
  • Continue shaping the taco, frying until golden brown and crispy. It takes a minute or two per side.
  • Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Baking:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Lightly brush each tortilla with a bit of oil. Drape them over two bars of your oven rack to create a U-shape (or use a special taco holder).
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes or until crispy.

Assemble Your Tacos:

  • Fill each taco shell with a generous scoop of the seasoned beef mixture.
  • Top your tacos with shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and any other toppings of your choice.

Tips:

  • Freshest Flavor: Make your own taco seasoning for the best taste.
  • Shell Shape: If frying, work with one or two tacos at a time to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Warm Shells: To keep shells warm while you finish cooking, place them in the oven on its lowest setting.
  • Customization: The beauty of tacos is in how you customize them. Experiment with toppings like chopped onions, black olives, avocado, or your favorite salsa.

Enjoy your Del Taco-inspired feast!

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