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Korean Beef Tacos with Spicy Mayo

  • Author: Kylie Lato
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


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!



Korean Taco Meat:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Spicy Mayo:

Serve with: 

  • flour tortillas
  • thinly sliced cabbage
  • shredded carrots
  • sliced green onion
  • sliced jalapenos


  1. Heat large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add beef and cook, crumbling it with spatula, until all the pink is gone.
  3. Combine garlic, ginger, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, rice vinegar, a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using) and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper in a small measuring cup
  4. Pour over browned beef and stir until well combined. Cook for a couple minutes over medium heat.
  5. Meanwhile combine spicy mayo ingredients.
  6. Serve Korean beef on flour tortillas with thinly sliced cabbage, shredded carrots, sliced green onions 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 1/2-1 teaspoon or garlic powder and 1/8-1/4 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!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Korean/American

Keywords: Korean ground beef tacos, Korean BBQ tacos, ground beef tacos, tacos with slaw