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Tacos Deluxe Recipe
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Tacos Deluxe Recipe

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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:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 6-8 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
  • 6 to 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sprinkle lettuce and tomatoes over tacos. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; drizzle over tacos. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Tacos Deluxe in Country Ground Beef 1993, p87

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!!"

Reviewed 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."

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