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Taco Joes


  • 2 pounds super lean ground beef
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 packet dry enchilada sauce seasoning mix (available in the Mexican foods aisle or near the taco fixins.  Yes.  I said ‘fixins’.)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional for serving: sandwich buns or bread, avocado slices or guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, tomato and onion slices, in short, taco toppings…

Break up and brown the ground beef in a large soup pot over medium high heat.  When just browned and no longer pink, add the water, tomato paste and dry enchilada sauce mix and stir well.  Bring to a boil, stir well, and lower heat. Stirring frequently, simmer for about 30 minutes, or until very thick.  The goal for simmering this is to create a thick meat filling that holds together when scooped onto a bun.  It should not have sauce running off it, but should still be very moist.