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May 10, 2021 3 min read

Though we sometimes love the tasty crunch of a hard shell taco, soft shells have our heart - learn how to make these soft, pillowy tacos with ground beef, homemade taco seasoning, and all of your favorite classic toppings!

Ever talked to someone about which brand is better in Coke vs. Pepsi? We have and learned that people are very strongly connected to their food preferences.

There's another big debate over one of America's favorite foods- tacos! Some like crunchy hard shells while others like soft doughy shells - at Taco Bell, they even make tacos with a hard shell wrapped in a soft one. Talk about the best of both worlds!

We love most tacos no matter how you make them, which is why we built the best soft taco recipe that's more like the Mexican, soft-shelled classic than more modern hard shells. 

Though taco seasoning packets are easy to grab and dump, our homemade taco seasoning blend is easy to make and preservative-free. Use it to simply spice up some fried ground beef, toss on some flour tortillas, and have tacos on the table in 25 minutes total prep time - it doesn't get much better than that!

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Beef soft taco shell - Nutrition information

Serving: 1 soft shell taco

Calories: 407 kcal; Total Fat: 25 g; Sodium: 903 mg; Carbohydrates: 12 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 1 g; Protein: 33 g.

Mexican soft shell taco recipe - FAQ

What are soft shell tacos made of?

Soft taco shells may contain several different ingredients, depending on the shell and the brand. Some shells are wheat-based flour tortillas, more traditional taco shells are corn-based, and these days, you can find plenty of gluten-free alternative shells as well.

What is the difference between a soft taco and a tortilla?

A soft taco shell and tortillas are one and the same, so many use the terms interchangeably. 

Why choose soft taco shells over hard shells?

We're not going to say that soft shell tacos are "better" than hard shells - whether you like a soft dough or a crispy crunch to your taco is a matter of personal preference, and in our books, ALL tacos are great for our bellies. 

We do, however, think that soft shells have a significant advantage over hard, as you can fold your soft shell tacos to minimize dropped toppings and mess as you eat. With a hard taco, you're more likely to have shell breakage and spills. 

What's the main difference between a burrito and a soft-shelled taco?

The main difference between burritos and soft tacos is their size - taco shells tend to be made in smaller corn or flour shells, while we almost always wrap our burritos with an extra-large flour shell.

How to fold a soft shell taco

Whether you're making hard shell or soft shell tacos, you can use this taco holder as a serving tray to keep the mess to a minimum and display your fresh tacos beautifully! Then, you don't need to fold them at all, leaving more room for toppings. 

If you'd like to wrap your soft shell beef tacos like burritos, place the toppings to one side of the wrap, then fold the edge over the meat once. Tuck in the bottom and the top flaps, then keep rolling until the open end meets the taco. 

What kind of ground beef is best?

We like to use a quality blend of 80/20 ground beef, as it cooks up with more flavor and moisture. Be sure to drain the extra fat and enjoy your delicious homemade soft tacos with beef!

How much ground beef is in each serving?

Approximately ¼ lb is the average ground beef serving for each taco. Keep in mind when you're grocery shopping that ground beef cooks down and becomes lighter - you'll need slightly more than 1 lb of beef to make 4 taco servings. 

Final notes & how to reheat soft tacos

These tacos are great when enjoyed fresh, but they keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days afterward, too. 

If you want to save your tacos for leftovers, keep the toppings, the meat, and the shells separate, then assemble right before you eat! To reheat your taco beef, pour in 1-2 Tbsp of water and cook on the stovetop or in the microwave. Heat just until warmed so as not to dry out your taco beef. 

Enjoy a taste of Mexican with these delicious, soft-shelled beef tacos!

Liked this recipe? Check out our carne asada tacos, korean tacos, and adobada tacos recipes!


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