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These 15 minutes Korean beef tacos will quickly become a family favorite in your house! Sweet, tangy Korean-inspired flavors combine with the ease of ground beef to create a family dinner that will rival all others!
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- They take 15 minutes to make. Ground beef makes this delicious dinner a quick and easy weeknight option. The flavorful sauce takes just minutes to prepare which means you'll have dinner on the table in no time!
- The flavors are phenomenal. Take a break from the classic Mexican flavors of taco night in favor of these sweet, tangy Korean inspired seasonings. Paired with crunchy carrots and sliced cabbage along with a spicy mayo sauce, this is a winning combination that your family will ask for again and again!
- They're a welcomed departure from your classic ground beef tacos. We all love a classic ground beef taco, but after a while it gets to be a little boring. Get out of your Taco Tuesday rut with these quick and easy Korean beef tacos! In my limited experience, any time I put something in a tortilla, my daughter is more likely to eat it - you might find that the same is true for you!
Pour over browned beef and stir until well combined.
Cook for a couple minutes over medium heat.
Meanwhile combine spicy mayo ingredients.
Serve Korean beef tacos with flour tortillas, thinly sliced cabbage, shredded carrots, green onion and spicy mayo sauce.
- Feel free to sub garlic powder and ground ginger in place of fresh, but beware that it will affect the flavors just a bit. I would start with ½-1 teaspoon or garlic powder and ⅛-1/4 of teaspoon of ground ginger and then adjust according to your personal taste. The dried version of both of these spices can be somewhat overpowering so that's a great place to start. You can always add more but you can't take it out once it's already in!
- If you haven't tried fresh garlic and ginger before, this is honestly a great recipe to try it in! I find that some folks shy away from the fresh garlic and ginger because the flavor of the raw vegetable is powerful. However cooking them over medium heat with the other spices and the ground beef in this recipe really helps to mellow the flavors a lot and make them very palatable.
- I like to use a 75%-85% lean ground beef in all my recipes that call for ground beef. If you can find locally produced, grass fed beef in your area I would highly recommend using it instead of the mystery meat that might be at your grocery store deli counter. I'm telling you the flavor is SO. MUCH. BETTER. The prices are often similar and supporting local farmers in your area is so important!
THIS IS NOT AN AUTHENTIC KOREAN BEEF (OR BULGOGI) RECIPE
- This is in no way meant to be a traditional bulgogi recipe. Traditional Korean beef is made with thinly sliced, marinated strips of beef and the dish is a staple in many Korean households. Some like to let it marinate for just a short time (an hour or so) while others prefer to leave it overnight to absorb all the flavors.
- In my Midwestern version, I used ground beef along with ingredients we commonly have on hand with flavors that are inspired by Korean cuisine. While my recipe has a lot of the same flavors and comes together quickly, nothing compares to the traditional flavor and texture of bulgogi and I encourage you to consider making a traditional bulgogi recipe as well!
- The literal translation of bulgogi is "fire meat" because it is traditionally cooked on a grill. If you've been to a Korean barbecue restaurant you'll recall the grill that is centered in the middle of the table for diners to cook their meats on. Bulgogi beef is a very popular meal at these restaurants. If you're looking for some background history on delicious traditional bulgogi, check out this article!
- If you're looking for a traditional bulgogi beef recipe, Sue from My Korean Kitchen has a delicious recipe over on her blog!
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