|September 26, 2022


Though most of us sometimes love the delicious crunch of a hard-shell taco, it’s the soft shells that have our hearts!

Making Soft Shell Tacos right from scratch is easier than you think. And additionally, you can tailor the seasonings in these homemade beef tacos to your liking! 

This Easy Homemade birria taco recipe is not complicated at all. Also, it’s completely made from natural ingredients and thus perfectly balanced. This taco meat recipe can also be used to season fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, and more!

Learn how to make these soft, pillowy tacos with ground beef, homemade taco seasoning, and all your favorite classic toppings!


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Hard v/s Soft Tacos – there has always been this running debate over one of America's favorite foods. Some like crunchy hard shells while others like soft doughy shells – Why, at Taco Bell, they even make tacos with a hard shell wrapped in a soft one. Now, this definitely sounds like the best of both worlds!

We love most shredded beef tacos (or even steak tacos) no matter how you make them, which is why we built the best soft beef taco recipe that's more like the Mexican, soft-shelled classic than the more modern hard shells. 

Though taco seasoning packets are easy to buy and make, our homemade taco seasoning blend is also easy to make and preservative-free. Use it to simply spice up some fried ground barbacoa beef, toss on some flour tortillas, and have delicious tacos on the table in under 25 minutes flat! It doesn't get much better than that!

Why You Must Make these beef tacos

  1. These soft-shell tacos are slightly more difficult than blindly dumping a taco seasoning packet into some ground beef. And even after that, it all still comes together in minutes!
  2. There are no preservatives used for this birria recipe, just normal seasonings.
  3. You can customize taco meat to your liking, adding more spices and your favorite tortillas and toppings.


 Learn how to make these soft, pillowy tacos with ground beef, homemade taco seasoning, and all your favorite classic toppings!

Print Recipe

How to make delicious soft shell beef tacos

  • Total Time - 40 minutes
  • Prep Time - 10 minutes
  • Cook Time - 30 minutes


For the Taco Beef

  • 1 tbsp - Extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium - Onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves - Garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ - Sweet red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. - Ground beef
  • 2 tsp - Alcoeats Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1-½ tsp - Alcoeats cumin powder
  • 1/8 tsp - Crushed chili pepper flakes or cayenne
  • ½ tsp - Mexican or regular oregano
  • 1 tsp - Kosher salt or seasoning salt
  • 3-4 - Corn or flour tortillas

For the Taco Toppings

  • Diced fresh tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • Diced sweet onions
  • Diced fresh avocado
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

Cooking Instructions

  1. Take a large cast-iron skillet and heat it on the stovetop on medium heat. Once the skillet is preheated, add 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  2. Once the olive oil is hot, toss in some fresh garlic, diced onion, and bell peppers. Cook while stirring occasionally, till the onions are translucent and the veggies turn soft.
  3. Take the ground beef out of its package and add it to the skillet. Use a spatula/large spoon to break the meat into smaller pieces and cook until the beef becomes brown.
  4. Drain the excess grease carefully from your pan before adding the seasoning. Pour the excess oil into a container for disposal later.
  5. Now, add in the beef seasoning – Alcoeats kashmiri chili powder, Alcoeats cumin powder, Mexican oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  6. Cook the mix for about 2-3 mins, then taste and adjust the seasoning as per preferences.
  7. Now, scoop out some of the ground beef and place it on your taco shell, then top it with your preferred toppings – i.e., grated cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream.
  8. Done! Serve and enjoy this easy soft beef taco recipe!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 407kcal | Total Fat: 25g | Sodium: 903mg | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 33g

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