These super easy Big Mac Tacos are taking Tik Tok by storm, for good reason. It takes 20 minutes (tops) to make a stack of tacos, and they’re full of classic, nostalgic Big Mac flavours. They’re a wonderful combination of a smash burger and a taco and are seriously easy to eat.
This is a Tik Tok trend I can absolutely get behind. If you love tacos, Big Macs and smash burgers, you are going to LOVE this recipe.
A classic Big Mac has those signature thin beef burger patties, pickles, diced onion and that iconic sauce. All those flavours are present here, I’ve just made a couple of little tweaks to really maximise the flavour.
The genius is the simplicity here. Grab a tortilla, press some ground beef onto it, then throw it straight in the pan and load up your toppings. Finish with a drizzle of copycat Big Mac sauce and it really will feel like you’ve just made McDonalds at home.
These tacos are perfect for weeknights, Taco Tuesday, as a snack with a drink in the sun or as a quick working-from-home lunch. This is also a fun one to get the kids involved with making! And if you love these flavours as much as I do, I think you’ll love these super easy loaded Big Mac salad bowls too.
You only need a few basic ingredients to make these delicious tacos.
- Ground beef. I used lean beef and it was absolutely fine, but if you want a juicier taco go for beef with a higher percentage of fat.
- Tortillas. Use mini flour tortillas for these tacos – if you can’t find mini ones you could use regular ones and either cut out smaller circles from them or just make a couple of big versions of the tacos.
- Lettuce. I’m using Romaine, but you could use any crunchy lettuce. Iceberg or Cos lettuce would also work well.
- Pickled onions. Regular Big Macs include diced white onion but I’m really not an onion fan UNLESS they’re pickled. They also add a lovely pop of colour. You could use diced white onion instead, or leave them out.
What’s in Big Mac sauce?
It’s forever been a bit of a secret, but if you look closely at the allergen information on McDonalds’ website, you can see the base ingredients. Lots of copycat recipes for the sauce include tomato ketchup but actually, that signature pale red colour comes from paprika, rather than anything tomato based.
My version is made up of garlic aioli, finely chopped pickles, pickle juice, garlic, paprika and Dijon mustard. If you can find sweet pickle relish, that tends to be a common ingredient in copycat recipes too, but I’ve found that hard to find so have skipped it here. I think it’s a pretty good copy!
How to make them
Mix all the ingredients for your Big Mac sauce, and get all your toppings prepped and ready to go.
Spoon about a golf-ball-sized amount of ground beef onto your tortilla, and press it all over, flattening it with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle over salt and pepper, and press it into the beef too.
Heat olive oil in a large pan, then place your tortilla, beef side down, into the pan. Let it cook for about 2 minutes (you can press down on it with a spatula if you like to really get a lovely crust), then flip it over, scatter it with grated cheese and pop on a lid. PRO TIP: If your pan doesn’t have a lid, you can use a plate or a wooden board. Having the lid on will make the cheese melt faster to prevent the bottom of your taco from burning in the pan).
Load on the shredded lettuce, pickles and Big Mac sauce and you’re done!
Got a question?
I’m using lean (5% fat) ground beef here and it worked really well, but you can use beef with a higher percentage of fat if you like. You could also swap it for turkey or chicken mince if you prefer.
These tacos are best eaten right after they’re made. You can reheat them (either in the pan for a couple of minutes or in the microwave), but they won’t be as nice. You can chop your lettuce and pickles ahead of time (they’ll be fine for at least 5 days in the fridge).
You could add sliced tomatoes or raw diced onion (like in the classic Big Mac), and scallions or red pepper would also work well.
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