Bulgogi-Inspired Beef Tacos


These tacos with a twist will be on the table in just 15 minutes.

Bulgogi-Inspired Beef Tacos
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Tacos for dinner is a simple way to get dinner on the table fast, and these quick ones come together in just 15 minutes. The ground beef filling is bursting with flavor thanks to the umami-packed glaze that coats it, a sweet and salty mixture of dark brown sugar and soy sauce, plus rice vinegar for brightness and a little added heat from sriracha. The toppings couldn't be easier, just slice a mini cucumber, sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds, and pop open a jar of kimchi, a spicy Korean condiment made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables. Dinner is served.


  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, plus more for serving (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef

  • 8 6-in. flour tortillas, warmed

  • .50 cup kimchi, drained and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 small Persian cucumber, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)


  1. Whisk sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl.

  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high. Add beef; cook, breaking up into small pieces, until browned but not quite cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and glazy, 3 to 4 minutes. Spoon beef evenly onto warmed tortillas. Top with kimchi, sesame seeds, cucumber, and, if desired, a drizzle of sriracha.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

539 Calories
29g Fat
42g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 982mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 28g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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