Classic Weeknight Tacos

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White plate with a Classic Weeknight Tacos with shredded lettuce and beef mixture, garnish with grated cheddar, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions

Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday. It will be known as freedom Friday, but still on a Tuesday!

Just kidding. But seriously, can you name the movie that quote is from?

If you guessed the Lego Movie, you are correct. You also probably have it memorized like I do, am I right? That movie is the #1 watched movie of ALL TIME in my house. When we road trip, Mike and I will actually listen to it as well because it’s seriously so darn funny and cute.

Other than that craziness, two more things came to mind when I was writing up this recipe.

Man, I stinkin’ love tacos. So much. They are so easy and no one in my family complains because they can customize them to their own tastes. Let’s repeat that last bit… no one in my family complains. Miracles do happen.

Where did time go? I’ve had a great time testing out eight recipes for Campbell’s and writing them up on my site to share with all of you. This is my last one for now, however.

I’ve been wanting to make Classic Weeknight Taco’s since the beginning and the time has now come for me to try them out. They are easily customizable to suit your family. Mike can’t eat peppers of any type, so I’ve omitted them in my recipe and the Rose doesn’t like onion. Fair enough, those two things were omitted but that’s what makes all these recipes so easy and great. It’s all about using the soups as a great base flavor and then changing it around to suit your family.

Can we talk about ground beef for a moment?

Am I the only person who rinses it with hot water and drains it when she makes it?

cooking the ground beef in a large skillet using a wooden stir-fry spatula

This is another step that I add to any recipe using ground beef. I don’t like the grease that not rinsing it adds to a meal. You simply cook it, fill your pan with hot water and drain it. It removes a ton of calories and fat from your meal and honestly, it tastes better.

Close up of Classic Weeknight Tacos with shredded lettuce and beef mixture, garnish with grated cheddar, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions

These tacos are saucier than you will be used to, which we loved and as an added bonus, the meat will make a fabulous taco salad topping because of it. The kids both inhaled them (win!)and I loved how easy they were to make.

Happy cooking everyone!



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Classic Weeknight Tacos

Who needs a packet of seasoning when you can make these fabulous tacos!
5 from 1 votes
Close up of Classic Weeknight Tacos with shredded lettuce and beef mixture, garnish with grated cheddar, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 8 hard taco shells
  • 1/2 cup shredded lettuce 1 tbsp per taco
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 tbsp per taco
  • 1/4 cup sour cream ½ tbsp per taco
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato 1 tbsp per taco
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion ½ tbsp per taco


  • Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Crumble in ground beef; season with chili powder blend. Cook, stirring and breaking up beef, for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned.
  • Rinse with hot water and drain.
  • Stir in onion and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Pour in soup and broth; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Fill taco shells with shredded lettuce and some of the beef mixture. Garnish with Cheddar, sour cream, tomatoes and green onion.

Recipe Notes

You can also make soft shelled using the same process.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 356mg, Potassium: 571mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 785IU, Vitamin C: 19.8mg, Calcium: 96mg, Iron: 2.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Heather Pollock says

    I love smooshing it all together to make taco salad too \U0001f606

  2. Nadine says

    I like the cheese melted and so add that right after the meat, following the rest of the toppings I use.

  3. Tina says

    My family also loves tacos. I like the no complaints part .. LOL

    I put the hamburger in a colander and run hot water over it. I like it that way also, less fat

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