Beef Tacos

Talk about next level tacos! Your Taco Tuesday will never be the same after trying my beef taco recipe.This is a recipe that you definitely must try out because it is packed with an  utter sensation of flavors that will explode in your mouth.

These tacos are very healthy yet mouth-watering at the same time! They go very well with tuna patties, but they are not a must-have in this recipe. Fresh lettuce leaves really just give this recipe its dynamite as they they elevate it to a whole new level.

Time: 2 hours
Yield: 6 tacos and 6 tuna patties
Main course
For the tacos
  • 6 taco-size tortillas
  • ½ green lettuce head
  • ½ red lettuce head
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded beef
  • ¾ sweet & sour bbq sauce
  • 1 carrot (shaved into ribbons using a potato peeler)
For the roasted potatoes
  • 4-5 medium sized potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons mixed herbs
For the sauce base
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large carrot
For the tuna patties
  • 2 mashed medium-sized potatoes
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 small onion
  • ⅓ cup green beans
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chicken spice
  • Oil for frying

  1. To prepare the potatoes, wash them and cut them into cubes that are not too small. 
  2. Boil them for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  4. Drain off off the water and add them to a baking pan together with the paprika, salt, mixed herbs and black pepper. Ensure that they are evenly coated with all the spices.
  5. Bake them for 45 minutes- 1 hour until they are golden brown and crispy.
  6. (It is advisable to only toss them once while they are in the oven so they do not break and become mushy)
  7. In the meantime, to prepare the tuna patties, chop the onion and green beans and fry them in a sizzling hot pan for 4 minutes.
  8. Add the mashed potato and the tuna together with the salt, black pepper, mixed herbs, paprika, cayenne pepper and chicken spice to the pan and fry for 15 minutes until  everything is evenly cooked.
  9. Cover the pan and put it aside until it is time to plate.
  10. For the tacos,start by tossing the beef in the sweet & sour bbq sauce until it is evenly coated in a medium bowl.
  11. To prepare the base sauce, add the mayonnaise and all the other ingredients for the base sauce to a small bowl and make sure everything is well combined.
  12. Warm the grilled potato cubes in the microwave for 3 minutes. 
  13. Slice the red onion into rings.
  14. Peel the carrot and cut it  lengthwise into 2  and then cut those two halves lengthwise into 2 as well.
  15. Use a potato peeler to make the carrot ribbons by shaving each carrot stick down to make thin transparent ribbons.
  16. To plate, place two tortillas on each plate.Put a bit of mayonnaise on one end of each tortilla and stick the ends of the two tortillas in each plate to each other so  the centers are upright as shown in the picture. 
  17. Spread equal amounts of the mayonnaise base sauce onto each tortilla.
  18. Evenly distribute the potato cubes among all the tortillas.
  19. Roughly tear some of the green and red lettuce leaves and add them to the tortillas.
  20. Add a generous amount of the beef each of the tacos.
  21. Heat the tuna-patty mixture for two minutes.
  22. In each of the plates, spoon some of the tuna-patty mixture into a round cookie cutter and press it down before lifting off the cookie cutter, to create the pattie shape.
  23. Repeat that with the remaining patty mixture in each plate.
  24. Arrange the remaining lettuce leaves, carrot ribbons and red onions around the plate and your meal will be ready to serve!