Sesame Garlic Beef Tacos


A quick pickled slaw takes these ground beef tacos on a trip from Mexico to Asia.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
43 mins
8 tacos


  • 8 yellow or white corn tortillas

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 recipe Quick Pickled Cucmbers and Slaw (recipe below)

  • Lime wedges

  • Asian chile sauce (Sriracha)

Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Slaw

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup halved and very thinly sliced cucumber

  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Stack tortillas and wrap in foil. Heat tortillas in oven 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain fat and set beef aside.

  3. Add sesame oil to skillet. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds over medium heat or until lightly browned. Stir in crushed red pepper. Stir in soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and water. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return beef to skillet; heat through.

  4. To serve, spoon beef onto tortillas. Top with Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Slaw. Serve with lime wedges and chile sauce.

Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Slaw

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together vinegar, sugar, and salt. Add cucumber and cabbage. Stir to combine. Let stand at least 15 minutes or up to 6 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

500 Calories
23g Fat
45g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1062mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 13.7mg 69%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 535mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 13mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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