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Taco Bell Soft Taco Recipe
Taco Bell Soft Taco
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 200
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Rating: 3.9 (32 reviews)
 
If you don't think those packets of Taco Bell spices you buy in the grocery stores makes spiced ground meat that tastes like the stuff they use at the giant Mexican food chain, you'd be correct. If you want the taco meat to taste right you're going to have to whip it up from scratch using this original TSR recipe. Once youve prepped your meat, these steps will help you build your tacos the Taco Bell way, without any pesky talking Chihuahuas running through the kitchen. If you want crispy tacos, just replace the flour tortillas with crunchy corn shells.

Source: "More Top Secret Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
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Tom  
Submitted on: 01/26/14
Very close but a great natural spiced beef substitute. It was a little too salty. The beef tastes better than the grocery store seasoning packets, so I have made this recipe at least 5-10 times. The real TB meat has artificial flavoring, MSG and flavor enhancers. (They list them on their website).
close but not exact
Ron  
Submitted on: 09/12/13
Missing the MSG that taco bell uses to enhance the flavor
Nope, sorry
Bonnie Yoman  
Submitted on: 09/25/12
Nope. Sorry. Too bad for me because the nearest Taco Bell is an hour away. I made this recipe tonight, not only did it not taste like Taco Bell, it was virtually flavorless.
Richard Hill  
Submitted on: 07/14/12
My son and I love this recipe. Not quite Taco Bell, but very close. We usually just make up the meat and serve in a bowl with lettuce and cheese and tortilla chips. A little salty that way, but it beats fooling around with hard shells.
not there yet ...
Phil Fraser  
Submitted on: 04/09/11
This recipe isn't bad, but its not Taco Bell's. The consistency of the meat seems right but seems like it should use less flour and probably a fattier ground beef (i'm sure Taco Bell doesn't use quality meat). The spices need a little work too. I think the stuff in the packets is closer to original.
Donna  
Submitted on: 01/25/09
A friend at work showed me this site and I am glad I found it. I have been trying to find the recipe for Taco Bell meat forever. I just made it for friends and all loved it. Thanks a bunch!
Donna  
Submitted on: 11/16/08
I had a taco from Taco Bell yesterday. Unfortunately, this doesn't even come close. I'm disappointed because I love Taco Bell tacos and was really hoping to make them at home where I can control the quality of the ingredients. Even after adding more spices, the meat was bland and gummy.
Becky  
Submitted on: 06/25/08
This is great! I went vegan a while back, and while I am not lacking delicious food at all, I do miss Taco Bell. Now I can just make this with some soy ground "beef" and it tastes just like Taco Bell! Awesome!
Lisa H  
Submitted on: 10/22/07
It was a little pastey, but so is Taco Bell's. I would use a little less flour, and double ALL of the spices and add a little cumin and ground red pepper. I would try it again until I got it how I like it. It's a good start. Thanks for sharing the recipes.
Jessie  
Submitted on: 10/01/07
Yum, Yum, and Yum! I've made this for my family again, and again since buying your book and we all LOVE it! The Taco meat is smooth and yummy and is SOOOO go in burritos or taco shells. This is now a family favorite!
Eddie  
Submitted on: 09/01/07
Too pastey, will cut back on the flour next time and skip the onion powder.
Christine  
Submitted on: 06/22/07
I will NEVER buy another packet of taco seasoning EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I tried some of the suggestions from other reviewers and like the original recipe best.
taco bells soft taco  
Submitted on: 04/19/07
THIS IS GREAT rt's the only way I've made tacos now for months!! I can't believe how much it tastes like TACO BELL. It's the best so far that I've tried. It sure beats the package mix !!!!
Debbie  
Submitted on: 01/07/07
too pasty?? in place of the 1/4 c flour, use 2 tablespoons cornstarch. yum yum, I also use less only 1/4 teaspoon salt and add my own jalepenos for heat
Scott  
Submitted on: 11/15/06
Made this last night, just use tad less salt and its right on. Everyone loved it who tried it. DA BOMB!!!!
Tish  
Submitted on: 05/08/06
I made this with ground turkey and it was AWESOME! The ground turkey makes the texture of the mixture perfectly smooth. I will NEVER buy the packaged seasoning again! Thanks Todd!!!
Shell  
Submitted on: 05/02/06
I happen to love the Taco Bell soft tacos. I would have to say that it is not too spicy but it has the right flavor.
Dan J  
Submitted on: 03/21/06
This recipe tasted pretty darn good! Very close to Taco Bell. I also found a recipe for the Sante Fe Gordita salsa and sauce elsewhere and had the discontinued Sante Fe Gordita tonight! My favorite!! Tip; use the Sofrito as suggested in other reviews, two tablespoons does the trick. Enjoy!!
Mike K  
Submitted on: 02/11/06
This recipe is close...Try putting the beef in the blender under the "Chop" setting, add 2 tablespoons of "Sofrito." Without this you'll only be close, not spot on.
Bob  
Submitted on: 01/23/06
Pretty close. Those of you who think the texture is a little off try putting the meat in a food processer.
Bryan  
Submitted on: 01/16/06
Very good. Its a very involved recipe, you can't set it and forget it. It tastes so much better then store bought packets and it is very close to taco bell.
Andy  
Submitted on: 12/26/05
Have been using this recipe since you had it on here and still the best taco recipe out there.
Michael  
Submitted on: 12/17/05
I made tacos tonight using this recipe. I couldn't tell the difference from the resturant & what I had made, it was great! I'll never use any other method again.
carol  
Submitted on: 10/22/05
This was so far off it was terrible. Too salty, no flavor, too pasty and no heat.
Gina  
Submitted on: 10/09/05
This recipe is magnificence. I don't know what could be better. With this recipe you have your own home taco bell.
Meteor  
Submitted on: 10/06/05
Not even close!! Followed the recipe to a 'T'... tasted like watery flour. Doubled the spices in the recipe... still tasted like watery flour. Added more spices, taco sauce... still tasted like watery flour. Way off!
Angela  
Submitted on: 09/13/05
Taco Bell is a favorite of my family. I made this recipe with ground turkey and it was delicious. This recipe definitely tastes closer to the real thing than the packet you buy in stores. Thanks Todd.
Gina  
Submitted on: 08/24/05
Taco Bell is one of my favorites and this recipe is great, I believe that it tastes closer to the real thing vs. the packet you can purchase at the grocery
JIM AND DONNA  
Submitted on: 08/19/05
A 5 FOR TASTE AND COMING AS CLOSE TO THE REAL THING AS WE COULD HOPE. ADDING SOUR CREAM AND OR REFRIED BEANS JUST MADE THEM BETTER. WE GRIND OUR OWN HAMBURGER TO 99 PERCENT LEAN AND CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW MUCH BETTER IT WILL TASTE DROPPING DOWN TO 80 PERCENT. WE ARE NEW TO YOUR SITE, THANKS TODD
Brandi  
Submitted on: 08/19/05
This recipe is awesome, my husband won't have tacos any other way. On occasion I add some cayenne powder to make it hotter. If there are left overs, I'll mix the meat with queso con salsa for a great dip.
Jill  
Submitted on: 08/15/05
I didn't think this tasted at all like Taco Bell. The texture was strange and it didn't have much flavor. My husband ate it after I added a packet of taco seasoning, but still thought the texture was weird.
Amy  
Submitted on: 07/21/05
Very Yummy. Made this with Turkey meat and it was very good also. Tastes authentic!! Texture is right on if you mash it really good with your wooden spoon.