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Easy Ranch Beef Tacos

Savory ground beef tacos made with a crave worthy ranch and taco seasoning sauce.  These easy tacos are stuffed in fire-roasted corn tortillas with traditional Mexican toppings. The best way to make tacos for a busy weeknight dinner.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet (1.25) ounces taco seasoning
  • 1 ounce Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 limed, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons root beer or cola, optional, see notes
  • corn or flour tortillas ( I used yellow corn )
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • lettuce, chopped
  • sour cream
  • 14 ounces refried beans
  • Mexican cheese
  • cotija cheese, optional to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook ground beef until brown.
    Meanwhile, chop lettuce and tomatoes; set aside.
    Drain fat, if needed.  Return beef to saucepan.  Add taco seasoning and ranch seasoning.  Stir in water, juice of a lime, and minced garlic. 
    Toss to coat.  Reduce heat to a simmer.   Allow mixture to thicken and reduce.  Stir in root beer or cola, if desired.  This will calm flavors down slightly.
    Toast corn tortillas over stove top burner flame.  They can also be warmed in the microwave if desired.  Heat refried beans according to package directions.
    Assemble tacos with beans, beef, cheeses, sour cream, tomatoes, and lettuce.  

Notes

  • Adding root beer or cola soda will calm flavors slightly.  I like to do this when I add lime to taco meat.  It is optional.