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Taco Filling, Beef (M, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: 8

2 lbs. ground beef
Tomato sauce (about one regular sized can)
Chili powder (about 5 tablespoons depending on how hot you like it)
2 to 3 cloves of garlic
1 large onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Ground pepper to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons beef broth powder (or use the real thing if you have it)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
Dash of hot sauce such as Tabasco (optional)

Fry the onion in the olive oil in a large fry pan until slightly golden. Add green pepper and garlic and cook another 3 minutes or so. Crumble the ground beef into the pan and cook until it's gray. At this point I drain the fat off and return it to the heat.

Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano ,and pepper, letting them cook a bit (1 to 2 minutes while stirring often) to intensify the flavor they add. Add the tomato sauce and broth (or powder).

Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes, then taste. I usually add a bit of sugar to round out the taste of the tomato sauce. If you want to add hot sauce and/or more chili powder, go ahead. Adjust seasonings.

Poster's Notes:
Another thing I've done that's really worked well for large numbers of young people is tacos. The filling is easy and uses ground beef, which is economical. I'd suggest doing it as a buffet by putting out two or three serving bowls of the meat filling, as well as plates or bowls of chopped onion, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes. You can be less traditional and put out shredded carrots, diced peppers and almost any other vegetable you choose.

This is one of the recipes I've never been disciplined enough to measure, but can easily be tasted and adjusted as you cook. It can be multiplied to feed a crowd, but you might not want to increase the chili powder or garlic by the full multiplier. One more disclaimer: many would claim this is not authentic taco but a copy of the commercial blend which passes for tacos in fast-food America. They're right--but that doesn't mean that this doesn't taste good!

Posted by Scott Mann

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A