Mar 12 2015

Grandma Mary’s Tacos

The other night we went to my mom’s house for dinner.  The night before she had asked for any dinner requests; my husband immediately shouted out Grandma Mary’s Tacos!  My Grandma Mary was the best grandma one could ever hope to have and was an amazing cook.  This is just one of her delicious recipes.  She came from a long line of great cooks, including my Great Grandma Mabel who made the best Sour Cream and Blue Cheese Salad Dressing!  My mom definitely got the excellent cook gene as well…I always enjoy her home cooked meals!

These tacos are a family favorite.  My mom said that when my Uncle Bill was a teenager he could eat over 15 of these tacos in one sitting…no exaggeration!  They have such a delicious flavor.  Our good family friend Ron (and avid reader of our blog :) ) calls them Italian Tacos.  The tomato paste, olives and garlic give a hint of an Italian flare.  These tacos are super easy and quick to make. This meat would also be perfect in a burrito or on nachos!  The meat tastes better made ahead of time to let the flavors combine, so I suggest making in the morning or the night before, refrigerate and warm the meat on the stove before serving.  You could also freeze the meat and take out when you need an even quicker meal!

Grandma Mary's Tacos!


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 (4.25 oz) can chopped olives
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (6 oz can) mushroom steak sauce (brand – Dawn Fresh)
  • 1/2 cup  salsa
  • dash or 2 of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • package of taco shells

Taco Meat Ingredients

*I had to take a picture of the Mushroom Steak Sauce so you could know what to look for!  It is found in the same aisle you would find steak sauce. Excuse the poor quality of the iPhone pics!


  • lettuce
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomatoes

Taco Meat & Toppings


Cook meat, drain grease, add remaining ingredients and simmer to blend flavors.  Heat taco shells in the oven until hot.  Fill shells with taco meat and top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes!

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So if you are looking for a yummy dinner idea, I hope you give Grandma Mary’s tacos a try!  Do you have a favorite recipe that your grandma used to make?

Signature - Alisa


3 comments on “Grandma Mary’s Tacos

  1. They’re great tacos!!! In a weird class all by themselves. Girls, I’ve told you, I can’t eat a photo! Taco Night get-together, YES.

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