Chipotle Beef Tacos with Watermelon Salsa {Recipe}

The whole family can participate in taco night with these smoky chipotle beef tacos topped with cooling guacamole and watermelon salsa! 

The whole family can participate in taco night with these smoky chipotle beef tacos topped with cooling guacamole and watermelon salsa! Get the gluten-free, dairy-free, and family-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

A few weeks ago I shared my recipe (and entry into the Beef Checkoff Recipe ReDux sponsored contest) for Steak Tacos with Nectarine Corn Salsa. These tacos were absolutely delicious and I highly recommend making them for the whole family.

One issue that came up when eating them though, was that the sliced steak was a little challenging to eat in a taco, especially for the kids. The meat wasn’t tough by any means, but you really need to have some good chompers to break steak with your teeth alone. I ended up cutting the steak into smaller pieces for my kids, which worked out perfectly fine, but I decided I should make some tacos using ground beef, which is a little easier to eat without a fork and knife. I guess you can say these chipotle beef tacos are my gourmet version of a Sloppy Joe in taco form.

The whole family can participate in taco night with these smoky chipotle beef tacos topped with cooling guacamole and watermelon salsa! Get the gluten-free, dairy-free, and family-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Ingredients & Preparation

I had some leftover chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in my fridge and thought they would add a nice smokiness to the beef. I tossed most of the seeds in the trash since I was making this for the whole family, but if you don’t have children or your kids can tolerate the heat, add some of the chipotle seeds to spice up the meat.

I served the chipotle beef tacos topped with a modified version of my watermelon salsa (I left out the cucumbers) and a basic guacamole. The end result was a nutritious, delicious, and easy-to-eat taco that had the whole family smiling. (See picture above for proof!)

The whole family can participate in taco night with these smoky chipotle beef tacos topped with cooling guacamole and watermelon salsa! Get the gluten-free, dairy-free, and family-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Chipotle Beef Tacos with Watermelon Salsa
 
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Lean ground beef is sautéed with onions, garlic, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, then stuffed in a corn tortilla and topped with cooling guacamole and watermelon salsa. Adjust the amount of chipotle and adobo sauce to your liking.
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Recipe Type: Dinner, Entree, Main Dish, Tacos
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped seeds discarded
  • 3 teaspoons adobo sauce (from can)
  • 6 Corn tortillas
  • Watermelon Salsa
  • Guacamole (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown.
  3. Stir in the chopped peppers and adobo sauce and cook 3 to 5 more minutes until the beef is cooked through.
  4. Fill corn tortilla with chipotle beef and top with watermelon salsa and guacamole (if having). Serve with a side salad or side of vegetables.

The whole family can participate in taco night with these smoky chipotle beef tacos topped with cooling guacamole and watermelon salsa! Get the gluten-free, dairy-free, and family-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

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25 Responses to Chipotle Beef Tacos with Watermelon Salsa {Recipe}


  1. Mmm, I love all tacos. We had chicken fajitas last night 🙂 This looks yummy!

    • Jessica says:

      Yum, love chicken fajitas too!

  2. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition says:

    I just bought taco shells yesterday and have ground beef in the freezer. I can’t wait to try your recipe! The girls look like they are enjoying the tacos so much… adorable!

    • Jessica says:

      how perfect! Let me know how you and the kids like them! Thanks 😉

  3. Melanie says:

    Your kids are adorable! This recipe has so many delicious ingredients it’s no wonder it was a hit with your family! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Melanie! I hope your family enjoys it too!

  4. Jessica says:

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  5. We love all things taco in this household, but I’ve never tried it with watermelon salsa! This sounds SO refreshing and delish! Pinned!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Taylor! And thank you for coming back to leave a comment – sorry it wasn’t working earlier 🙂

  6. I love the use of adobo here and would never think to pair with watermelon! Adorable pics too 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      I know, it’s definitely not a traditional pairing! Thanks so much Alisa!

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  13. We love tacos over here and watermelon salsa sounds delcious

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Deborah! It’s delicious on fish tacos too 😉

  14. Yum! Love the photos of your girls eating these tacos – a sure sign they’re a winner 🙂 My son’s favorite part of the taco isn’t the filling but the shell lol.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Chrissy! I love watching my girls eat too! One of my girls is a carb pheen – her favorite part of the taco is also the shell, lol!

  15. I love tacos and watermelon salsa sounds delish!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Ange! That salsa is one of my faves!

  16. Abbey Sharp says:

    Watermelon salsa!? So genius! These look awesome! Love the photos 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Abbey. It is so delicious – even just with some chips!

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