Ground Beef Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa
If you use low-carb tortillas for these Ground Beef Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa, this is a tasty low-carb meal! You can eat the tasty filling and salsa inside lettuce wraps if you prefer.
When I was a kid I loved my mom’s tacos. What made them good was the way mom would get the oil very hot in her cast iron frying pan and quickly fry the corn tortillas to make shells, folding them over to be filled with spicy taco meat, lots of grated cheese, lettuce, hot sauce, and sometimes tomatoes or olives. When we ate mom’s tacos, we had to hold them over a plate because so much grease would drip out!
This updated recipe for Ground Beef Tacos with Tomato-Avocado Salsa is definitely a different version of ground beef tacos! These days I make tacos into a low-carb meal by using low-carb flour tortillas, seasoning the ground beef with my homemade taco seasoning, and serving the tacos with a tasty tomato-avocado salsa (with cucumber!)
The tacos you see here are an updated version of Spicy Ground Beef and Black Beans Tacos I first made nearly ten years ago! But these days I know a lot of people don’t want beans in their taco meat. (If you do want the black beans, follow that link and see the original recipe.)
I’ve definitely been struggling a bit about what to share during this time people are trying not to go to the store, but you can make some version of this recipe even if you don’t have every ingredient. And since everyone is stuck at home, we doubled the amount of meat for the new all-beef version, so maybe you can have tacos for dinner more than once. Keep reading to find out about the frozen avocado that we used in the salsa for these interesting ground-beef tacos!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- ground beef
- olive oil
- Taco Seasoning
- avocado (I used frozen avocado)
- green onion
- fresh cilantro (optional)
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), optional
- fresh-squeezed lime juice (see notes)
- olive oil
- Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas (affiliate link) or other low-carb tortillas
Have you Tried Frozen Avocado?
I recently discovered frozen avocado chunks at Costco, and was excited to try them. I saw mixed reviews online for frozen avocado, and of course it’s not the same as eating a creamy fresh avocado that’s at the peak of ripeness, but we thought the frozen avocado was great in this recipe! We took the amount of avocado we needed out of the freezer and let it sit for a while to thaw before we started the recipe. If you try frozen avocado chunks, I’d use them in dishes where avocado is mixed with flavor-enhancing ingredients, and I can’t wait to try them in my favorite avocado sauce, homemade guacamole, or guacamole tostadas.
How to make these tacos with ground beef and tomato-avocado salsa:
(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)
- If you’re using frozen avocado, remove from the freezer at least 30 minutes before you start. Let avocado thaw on the counter in a covered bowl.
- Heat oil in a heavy frying pan, add ground beef, and cook over medium-high heat until meat is nicely browned.
- Add Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning Mix (or your favorite brand) and water and simmer until liquid is evaporated and meat is well-seasoned.
- I use an old-fashioned potato masher (affiliate link) to break the meat apart while it cooks.
- While meat mixture simmers, chop cucumbers into very small pieces and dice the tomatoes. If you’re using fresh avocado, finely diced one large avocado.
- Slice up green onions and finely chop the cilantro (if using.)
- Mix diced avocado, diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, sliced green onion, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) or other hot sauce, and lime juice to make the salsa
- We used Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Tortillas (with 3 net carbs per tortilla) but use any tortillas you prefer.
- Warm tortillas in a hot pan or in microwave between two moist paper towels. (This takes barely a minute; don’t leave them in there too long.)
- As soon as you take tortillas out of the pan or the microwave, fold them in half.
- Open tortillas, cover one half with spicy ground beef, then spoon a generous amount of salsa mixture over the beef, fold tortillas over and eat!
- The ground beef will keep in the fridge for a few days or frozen.
- The salsa mixture was still pretty good after it had been in the fridge overnight, but it’s best freshly made if possible.
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We used Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix but use your favorite packaged taco seasoning if you prefer. Use more or less taco seasoning to taste. You can use 1 1/4 cup of frozen avocado, thawed, or dice up one large fresh avocado for this recipe. I'm a huge fan of Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) but use your favorite hot sauce if you don't have it. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for the salsa. Nutritional information is calculated based on net carbs in the brand of low-carb tortillas I used. Spicy Ground Beef and Black Beans Tacos were first created by Kalyn in 2011, recipe was adapted into this lower-carb version in March 2020. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 475mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 32g
We used Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix but use your favorite packaged taco seasoning if you prefer. Use more or less taco seasoning to taste. You can use 1 1/4 cup of frozen avocado, thawed, or dice up one large fresh avocado for this recipe. I'm a huge fan of Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) but use your favorite hot sauce if you don't have it. I used my fresh-frozen lime juice for the salsa.
Nutritional information is calculated based on net carbs in the brand of low-carb tortillas I used.
Spicy Ground Beef and Black Beans Tacos were first created by Kalyn in 2011, recipe was adapted into this lower-carb version in March 2020.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you want to eat these for a low-carb meal, be sure to use low-carb tortillas. If made with low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas, low-fat ground beef, and low-fat cheese, these tacos would be a good choice for Phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet. For Keto you may want to make these into lettuce wrap tacos.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
A version of this recipe with black beans was first posted in 2011; it was updated with an all-beef version with less carbs in March 2020.