Fiery Southwest-Style Beef Tacos

Fiery Southwest-Style Beef Tacos
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Ground beef

Get ready to ignite your taste buds with these bold and flavorful Southwest-Style Beef Tacos! This recipe serves 2 people and is perfect for those who love a little heat in their meals.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 small flour or corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté until the onion becomes translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the spices are well combined with the beef mixture.
  4. While the beef mixture is cooking, warm the tortillas in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds on each side, or until they are soft and pliable. Alternatively, you can wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  5. Divide the beef mixture evenly among the 4 tortillas.
  6. Top each taco with shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes.
  7. Add a dollop of sour cream and salsa to each taco.
  8. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro.
  9. Serve the tacos immediately with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the top.

Enjoy these fiery Southwest-Style Beef Tacos with your favorite hot sauce or a refreshing beverage to balance the heat. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a fun weekend meal!

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