Day 19: Ground Beef Tacos With Peppers and Onions

A ground beef taco with peppers and onions on a white plate on a black backdrop

Ground beef tacos with peppers and onions are a fairly simple treat, unless, of course, you’re making the tortillas from scratch. It’s still fairly simple, there are just a few more steps and a bit more time.

Ground Beef Tacos With Peppers and Onions


  • 2-3 fresh corn tortillas, homemade or store bought
  • 56 g or 2 oz. ground beef
  • 3 snack peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 tsp. ground coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cooked beans
  • Fine sea salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salsa of choice (optional, but not really)


  • Place an 8 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once it is hot add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, then add the ground beef. Use a wooden spatula to flatten the beef into a thin patty and cook for a about one minute or until the bottom has browned. Use the spatula to break up the beef patty and cook, stirring constantly, until cooked through. Remove the beef from the pan.
  • Place the pan back over medium heat. Add the sliced veggies, coriander, and cumin to the pan with a three finger pinch of salt and cook, stirring constantly, until the veggies have softened but are still slightly crisp. Taste and add more salt if needed, then remove from the pan.
  • If using leftover beans from another meal, place them in the pan and heat gently.
  • Place a tortilla on a plate and top with the cooked ground beef, veggies, and beans. Enjoy! 


  • I do not recommend trying to make corn tortillas without a tortilla press. I tried it and it was one of the most frustrating things ever, so if you don’t have a press, buy the tortillas.
  • I use 160 grams of water in my dough, but the amount depends on your batch of masa harina. It’s mostly trial and error, but it’s delicious trial and error so it’s fine.
  • Exactly 2 of the 8 tortillas puffed properly, so don’t be discouraged if yours don’t. Remember, this is delicious trial and error we’re practicing here.
  • The puff happens on the third flip, so don’t skip it.
  • You could use a bell pepper instead of snack peppers, but snack peppers are what I have, so that’s what I used.
  • Feel free to add your favorite type of salsa to this recipe. You could also add guacamole, cheese, or sour cream.
  • Three finger pinch of salt: The salt you pinch between your thumb, pointer, middle, and ring finger.

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