Last Updated on November 6, 2023
Jimboy’s Tacos have been a family favorite for generations. This easy-to-make dish has been passed down from one generation to the next, and it’s sure to become a staple in your home too!
Our Jimboy’s Tacos is so simple, you can even make it with children — they will love assembling their own tacos and customizing them to their tastes. Not only its a delicious meal, but it’s also incredibly nutritious — packed with protein and vitamins.
Here I’ll show you just how easy it is to make Jimboy’s Tacos at home. With this step-by-step guide, you can have your own delicious tacos in no time. So grab your ingredients and let’s get started!
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What is Jimboys Tacos?
Jimboy’s Tacos is a traditional Mexican-style dish that has been around for generations. This meal consists of ground beef, onions, garlic, and various spices such as chili powder, paprika, and cumin cooked in a skillet.
Then served inside taco shells with optional toppings like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese, black olives (optional), jalapeños (optional), and sour cream (optional). It’s a delicious, hearty meal that is sure to please the entire family!
Jimboy’s Tacos originated in Northern California and has become popular all over the United States. This dish is easy to make at home and requires minimal ingredients—it’s also incredibly versatile, so you can customize it according to your tastes and dietary needs.
What does it taste like?
Jimboy’s Tacos is a flavor-packed dish that has something for everyone. The ground beef provides savory flavor while the onions and garlic add sweetness.
The chili powder, paprika, and cumin give the tacos warmth and depth of flavor, while the optional toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, black olives (optional), jalapeños (optional), and sour cream (optional) add texture and richness.
This dish is sure to please the entire family, whether you’re looking for a delicious meal to share with friends or just craving something new for lunch. With its combination of crunchy taco shells, flavorful beef, and optional toppings, Jimboy’s Tacos makes an easy and enjoyable meal.
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How did I first get introduced to the Jimboys Tacos?
I first got introduced to Jimboy’s Tacos by my friend, who is a huge fan of Mexican cuisine. We visited the restaurant together one day and I was immediately intrigued by the unique setup. The tacos were served in crunchy shells that were freshly made on-site, with a variety of ingredients available to choose from.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was inviting and vibrant; it felt like a home away from home. We both ordered the Jimboy’s Tacos, which consisted of ground beef, onions, garlic, and spices cooked in a skillet. I was amazed by the flavors and texture of the tacos; they were so flavorful and filling that I couldn’t believe they came from such simple ingredients.
From that day on, I started making them for my family and friends whenever we had a get-together. Everyone loved it! The combination of beef, spices, and crunchy taco shells was just divine – not to mention the optional toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, black olives (optional), jalapeños (optional), and sour cream (optional) that added an extra layer of flavor.
Making Jimboy’s Tacos at home is so easy and convenient. All you need are a few simple ingredients that can be found in any kitchen pantry, as well as some taco shells. The beef mixture takes no time at all to prepare, and you can customize it with whatever toppings you like.
What’s even better is that Jimboy’s Tacos are also incredibly nutritious and packed with protein and vitamins. It’s a tasty, hearty meal for when I’m in the mood for something delicious yet healthy too.
I love making Jimboy’s Tacos at home because it reminds me of my friend and all the delicious meals she used to make for us. It’s a great way to bring people together and enjoy good food and company. Plus, it’s always a hit!
That’s why Jimboy’s Tacos are one of my favorite dishes to make at home. I’m sure your family will love them too! Try it out today and see for yourself.
How to make Jimboys Tacos?
Making Jimboy’s Tacos at home is a simple, straightforward process. Follow the ingredients & steps below:
- Ground beef: this is the base of our tacos and will provide flavor and protein.
- Onion: adds a bit of sweetness.
- Garlic: adds an earthy aroma and flavor.
- Vegetable oil: helps cook the beef more evenly and prevents sticking to the pan.
- Chili powder, paprika, and cumin: these spices add depth and warmth to the tacos.
- Salt and pepper: for seasoning.
- Taco shells: for the taco shells, you can either purchase pre-made shells or make your own with corn tortillas.
- Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese: these add texture and flavor to the tacos.
- Sliced black olives (optional): add a salty flavor to the tacos.
- Sliced jalapeños (optional): for those who like a bit of heat, add some slices of jalapeño.
- Sour cream (optional): a creamy topping that adds richness.
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until it is cooked through and no longer pink.
Add in the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is softened and fragrant. Season with chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
Stir in the vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Cook for 5 minutes until everything is combined.
Heat up your taco shells according to the package directions.
Fill each shell with some of the beef mixture and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, black olives (optional), jalapeños (optional), and sour cream (optional).
Serve warm and enjoy!
-If you don’t like ground beef, try using ground turkey or chicken instead.
-For a vegan option, try mashed black beans or crumbled tofu in place of the beef.
-To make this dish even easier, you can use pre-made taco seasoning in lieu of the chili powder, paprika, and cumin.
-If you don’t have taco shells, you can also use soft flour tortillas or corn tortillas.
-For a quick fix, you can also buy pre-made tacos from the store.
-Be careful when adding jalapeños to your tacos – they can be quite spicy
Jimboys Tacos Recipe
- a medium skillet
- Sliced jalapeños optional, offering a fiery and spicy kick for those who enjoy an extra heat element in their tacos.
- 1 clove of garlic skillfully minced to release its pungent and robust flavor, infusing the dish with a rich and savory aroma.
- 1/2 small onion finely chopped into delicate and aromatic pieces, adding a sweet and tangy note that complements the other ingredients.
- 1/2 pound of flavorful ground beef carefully selected and expertly seasoned, providing a savory and juicy base for the tacos.
- 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil thoughtfully chosen for its mild and neutral taste, ensuring a smooth and even cooking process for the beef.
- Shredded cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack, carefully selected for its creamy and melty properties, adding a rich and gooey texture to the tacos.
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder meticulously measured to bring a mild and smoky heat to the dish, adding depth and complexity to the flavor profile.
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin skillfully measured to provide an earthy and aromatic quality, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the beef.
- Shredded lettuce meticulously prepared and crisp, adding a fresh and vibrant element that complements the savory beef.
- Sour cream optional, providing a cool and creamy component that balances the flavors and adds a luscious and velvety texture to the tacos.
- Salt and pepper thoughtfully measured to taste, allowing you to season the beef mixture to your preference, ensuring a well-balanced and flavorful filling.
- 4 taco shells expertly crafted and crunchy, providing a sturdy vessel to hold and showcase the delicious fillings.
- Sliced black olives optional, providing a briny and slightly tangy note that adds a unique and savory twist to the tacos.
- 1/4 teaspoon of paprika carefully selected for its vibrant color and subtle smokiness, enhancing the overall visual appeal and taste of the tacos.
- Diced tomatoes skillfully cut into juicy and flavorful cubes, offering a burst of freshness and acidity that balances the richness of the other ingredients.
- In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until it is cooked through and no longer pink.
- Add in the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is softened and fragrant. Season with chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Stir in the vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Cook for 5 minutes until everything is combined.
- Heat up your taco shells according to the package directions.
- Fill each shell with some of the beef mixture and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, black olives (optional), jalapeños (optional), and sour cream (optional).
- Serve warm and enjoy!
- Calories: 300
- Total Fat: 12 g
- Saturated fat: 4 g
- Cholesterol: 55 mg
- Sodium: 460 mg
- Carbohydrates: 32 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 15 g
What to serve with Jimboys Tacos?
Jimboy’s Tacos is a great meal on its own, but you can also make it into a larger Mexican feast by adding some sides. Here are some ideas:
-Mexican Rice: This easy side dish is made with long-grain white rice cooked in tomato sauce and seasoned with cumin and chili powder.
-Refried Beans: A classic Mexican side that is made by mashing pinto beans and seasoning with garlic, onion, cumin, and chili powder.
-Guacamole: A creamy dip made with avocados, lime juice, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.
-Tortilla Chips: Perfect for scooping up some of the delicious taco fillings!
How to store leftover Jimboys Tacos?
Leftover Jimboy’s Tacos will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To store them, place the tacos in an airtight container and cover them with a damp paper towel. Reheat in a skillet over low-medium heat until warmed through.
For longer storage, you can also freeze the tacos for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap each taco individually with plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe container.
To reheat, thaw the tacos in the refrigerator overnight before cooking in a skillet over low-medium heat until warmed through.
Can pregnant women eat this?
Yes, pregnant women can safely eat Jimboy’s Tacos. As long as the ground beef is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and all other ingredients are fresh and clean, this dish is safe for pregnant women to consume.
However, pregnant women should avoid eating raw or undercooked meats like rare steak or sushi which could contain harmful bacteria that could make her and her baby sick.
Can I substitute the beef for something else?
Yes, you can use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef as well as mashed black beans or crumbled tofu for a vegan option.
Do I have to use taco shells?
No, you can also use soft flour tortillas or corn tortillas.
Are Jimboy’s Tacos healthy?
Yes, Jimboy’s Tacos is a nutritious and protein-packed meal. The beef provides flavor and protein, while the vegetables provide vitamins and minerals. However, if you are using processed ingredients like pre-made taco shells and packaged cheese, the nutritional value will be lower.
Now you have the perfect guide for making Jimboy’s Tacos at home. Enjoy cooking up a delicious and nutritious meal for your family with these easy-to-follow instructions!
Have fun mixing and matching ingredients to make it your own, and you are sure to have a hit on your hands.
I hope you found this guide helpful and that you and your family enjoy these tacos as much as I do! Please share this article with your friends and family so they can make Jimboy’s Tacos at home too. Thank you for reading.
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Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.