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Jack in The Box Taco Recipe

Jack in The Box Taco Recipe

Dr. Leah Alexander
Jack in the Box tacos is a unique twist on classic Mexican street food. Since the early 1950s, Jack in the Box has been serving tacos. The taco has a longer history in Mexico than the arrival of Europeans. They’re great for a quick meal or snack and have become an icon of fast food culture.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
25 minutes
Course street food
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 taco
Calories 271 kcal


  • 1 Oven
  • 1 small bow
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp plain chili powder
  • 1 tbsp masa corn flour
  • 1 tsp Accent seasoning
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups cold water
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 1 dash of ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp mild taco sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp  garlic powder
  • 1 tsp  ground cumin
  • 1 tsp  sugar


  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Over medium heat, cook the ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, masa corn flour, Accent seasoning, all-purpose flour, cold water and cayenne pepper until smooth and pour it into the skillet with ground beef mixture. Stir everything together and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Divide the beef mixture equally among 6 taco shells and place on a greased baking sheet lined with foil paper or parchment paper. Top each taco shell with one slice of American cheese and sprinkle some ground black pepper over them; bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes until cheese is melted and taco shells are lightly browned.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the tomato paste, mild taco sauce, salt, garlic powder, cumin, sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for about 3 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.
  • Remove tacos from oven and top with lettuce, tomatoes and prepared sauce; serve immediately.



– You can use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef for a healthier version of this dish.
– Add more cayenne pepper or chili powder to the mixture if you want a spicier version of this dish.
– If the mixture is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of cold water and stir well.
– Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before serving.
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