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Hoff's Hoff Sauce Hot Sauce

1980's Fast Food Tacos (Taco Tico Meat Recipe)

YIELD: Serves 4

TIME: 30 Minutes


Back in 2020, when everyone learned to make bread at home, Hoff created his take on a legendary retro classic: Taco Tico Tacos! A throwback to his upbringing in Kansas in the ‘80s, this delicious recipe uses well-known techniques from the fast food industry to match the taste and texture of Taco Tico's famous taco meat. This recipe is so good you’ll feel like you’ve time-traveled back to the days of parachute pants, checkerboard Vans, & Pac-Man Fever!


1 pound ground beef

3/4 cup water

2 tbls butter

1/3 cup oatmeal, briefly pulsed in the coffee grinder

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbls white vinegar

1/4 tsp MSG (optional but called Accent in the spice section)


In a skillet over medium heat, add your ground beef, water, and butter. Give it a good stir until the beef is nice and broken up.

Add the oatmeal, chili powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, vinegar, and MSG (if using).

Simmer, uncovered, until the meat is cooked through and thickened. Note: the meat will seem a bit oily, but once it cools, it'll all come together.

Serve on hard or soft taco shells with cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and of course, Hoff Sauce!