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Fried Tacos Recipe is a twist on a classic recipe. You will love the crispy texture and amazing flavor for the perfect weeknight meal.

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Being a mom of 8, I am an expert on making tacos. We make tacos about a every week in different variations. These fried tacos have become my kids most requested recipe because of how delicious they are.

If your family loves Taco Recipes as much as my family, then they are going to love these tacos. Make sure to check out these other taco dinner ideasEasy Crockpot Taco Meat Recipe, Taco Pockets, and Taco Dorados Recipe.

What are Fried Tacos?

Fried tacos is a recipe that I grew up on. The beef mixture is cooked and then layered in a taco shell. The shells are then folded and fried to a crispy texture and a flavorful insides.

These deep fry tacos are perfect served to friends and family on taco night, a great appetizer and perfect for dipping into salsa.

Put a twist on a classic recipe and make these amazing fried tacos.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed for fried tacos - ground beef, onion, taco seasoning, salsa, water, cheese, corn tortillas, oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Onion (diced)
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Water
  • Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend 
  • Corn Tortillas 
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying) – Canola Oil is another option

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Substitutions and Additions:

  • Change the Meat – Feel free to change the meat to what you prefer. You can use shredded pork, chicken, ground turkey or a combination of turkey and beef.
  • Taco Seasoning – We make homemade taco seasoning, but you can easily use store bought packets. Feel free to add in a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for an extra kick to the flavor.
  • Tortillas – In this recipe, we think corn tortillas fry the best, but feel free to use flour tortillas.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Frying the beef and onions together in the skillet

Step 1 – Brown the ground beef with the onions in a skillet until brown. Drain the excess grease.

Adding the salsa and taco seasoning to the cooked beef

Step 2 – Stir in the water, taco seasoning and salsa.

Layering the taco shells with the beef mixture and cheese

Step 3 – Spoon the taco filling onto each tortilla and top with the shredded cheese.  

Frying tacos in a skillet

Step 4 – Heat the vegetable oil in a clean skillet over medium high heat. Cook the tacos for 2-3 minutes per side until both sides are browned. Then place on
paper towel lined plate.

Recipe Tips:

  • Heating Oil – Make sure that the oil does not get too hot when frying or the tacos will burn. We recommend heating hot oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  • Cooking Meat Mixture – When combining the meat mixture ingredients, allow the ingredients to simmer for best results.
  • Flipping Tacos – When frying the tacos in the skillet, we recommend using tongs to flip the tacos. This helps them to stay together while frying them golden brown.
Fried tacos topped with cheese, tomatoes and fresh cilantro on a plate

Favorite Taco Toppings:

Beef Tacos can topped with many different toppings. When we make these for friends and family we like to make a taco bar. Here are some of our favorite toppings.

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomato
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Slice Jalapeno Peppers
  • Guacamole
  • Hot Sauce
Fried tacos topped with cheese, tomatoes and fresh cilantro on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

What to Serve with Fried Tacos?

These tacos are great served for a weeknight meal or for a game day party. We like to serve with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Refried Beans. Make sure to add a side of chips and queso for a complete meal idea.

Why are My Tacos Greasy?

If your taco shells turn out greasy, it could be because the oil is not hot enough. Make sure it is hot oil and we recommend only frying one taco at a time depending on your skillet size.

Can I Freeze Fried Tacos?

Yes, after you have prepared the fried tacos we recommend placing on a baking sheet and placing in the freezer. Allow the tacos to freeze for about 2 hours. Then place in a freezer safe container and they will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

More Easy Taco Recipes:

If you try these Fried Tacos, make sure to leave us a comment. We love hearing from you.

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Fried Tacos

5 from 2 votes
Fried Tacos Recipe is a twist on a classic recipe. You will love the crispy texture and amazing flavor for the perfect weeknight meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 422

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 Cups Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend
  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef with the onions in a skillet until brown. Drain the excess grease.
  • Stir in the water, taco seasoning and salsa.
  • Heat uncovered for 3-5 minutes until the flavors are combined.
  • Heat the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds and then lay them out in a clean work surface.
  • Spoon the taco meat onto each tortilla and top with the shredded cheese.
  • Fold each of the corn tortillas in half.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a clean skillet over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is heated to approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place 1-2 tacos in the hot oil at a time.  Cook the tacos for 2-3 minutes per side until both sides are browned.
  • Once cooked, carefully remove the tacos to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
  • Continue this process until all the tacos are fried.
  • Allow the tacos to cool slightly and then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
Make sure that the oil does not get too hot when frying or the tacos will burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 422kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 26g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 77mg, Sodium 574mg, Potassium 405mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 402IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 494mg, Iron 2mg

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