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Tacos Deluxe

I first tried this recipe in my junior high school home economics class some 20 years ago. As an adult, I wrote home for the recipe and have enjoyed it ever since!—Katie Dreibelbis, Santa Clara, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the next 12 ingredients to meat mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is almost completely reduced, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly; stir in cheese.
  • Place taco shells open end up in a baking pan; place a scoop of meat mixture into each shell. Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes until meat is hot and cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle lettuce and tomatoes over tacos. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; drizzle over tacos.
Nutrition Facts
1 taco: 312 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 874mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • rmbarr059
    Oct 18, 2016

    I only made the meat mixture from this recipe, not the actual tacos and accompanying sauce. My plan was to make burrito bowls with some cilantro lime rice. I was a little concerned when I tasted the meat mixture and realize it tasted very similar to sloppy Joe's, but it actually ended up tasting delicious with the rice and other toppings (onion, tomato, black olives, avocados, and sour cream). Will definitely make again.

  • PrplMonky5
    Feb 8, 2016

    This was really good. I think I need to change it a bit to suit us though. I didn't put any hot sauce in because I can't have anything spicy... unfortunately I think it actually needed a bit more zing! So next time I'll probably add just a bit of cayenne (since we never keep hot sauce in the house). I cut the recipe in half and it did great! Also, I may add a dab of lime juice next time. I didn't make the dressing because we hate Miracle Whip and I didn't want to buy a big thing of it just for this recipe. I'm sure the dressing is great, but the taco meat is really good by itself! We will be making this again.

  • mrsohcook
    Nov 5, 2014

    Best Tacos I have had in a long time. The flavor of the meat mixture is similar to the Cincinnati chili I make. I love this on tacos. The dressing is a wonderful compliment to the meat.

  • Lsd1
    Aug 14, 2014

    Oh my goodness this is so good. I didn't think i would like the dressing but my husband and I agree, it's fantastic!!

  • FriedaG
    Feb 17, 2008

    Oh my! This taco filling is so tasty that I usually double the recipe. The sweet-and-sour dressing is deliciously different from most taco toppings. I've had friends and family members "go wild" over Tacos Deluxe and demand the recipe.