Crispy Beef & Pickle Tacos

Crispy Beef & Pickle Tacos

By Leslie Blythe    

These Crispy Beef & Pickle Tacos were created by Steve Arroyo, when he owned a restaurant called Malo in Los Angeles, CA. He opened up Escuela Taqueria in Pasadena, where I was first introduced to these absolutely delicious tacos, that are stuffed with crispy fried beef, cheddar cheese and dill pickle chips. It’s like a burger in a taco shell!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings


1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dry oregano

2 Tablespoons paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated

Small jar pickle chips

Soft corn tortillas


1Sauté the ground beef. Add all the dry spices and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

2Heat corn tortillas and fill them with the beef mixture.

3Close both ends with a tooth pick.

4Fry them in canola oil about 2 minutes on each side

5Once cooked, place them on a paper towel, remove toothpicks and open and add cheddar cheese and kosher pickle chips.