Amazing Spicy Sweet Tacos with Lime Sour Cream

Ancho (Ahn-cho) Chile (Capsicum Annum) means Wide Chile Pepper. This chile ranges from 3 – 4 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. An Ancho is the dried form of a Poblano Pepper and often is mislabeled as a Pasilla or Mulato Pepper. Anchos have sweet fruity flavor with hints of cherry, prune, and fig. Anchos, combined with the Pasilla and Guajillo, form the Holy Trinity of chiles used to prepare the traditional mole sauces. Scoville heat units are 1,000 to 3,000.

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Serves: 6-8 servings

2 lb. ground chuck
1 small onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
14 oz. can stewed tomatoes
12 oz. chili sauce (such as Heinz)
¼ c. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. ancho chile powder or chili powder*
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. cumin
taco shells, cheddar cheese, lettuce, cilantro, and lime wedges for serving

* To make ancho chile powder: grind dried ancho chile in a coffee or spice grinder till a fine powder.

Lime Sour Cream:
½ cup sour cream
½ tablespoon finely grated lime zest (about 1 lime)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste


In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl.

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Reduce heat to medium and add a splash of olive oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook until almost brown and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes to the skillet and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes.

Add beef, chili sauce, Worcestershire, and remaining seasonings. Simmer and stir for about 10-12 minutes.

Spread in a 13X9″ pan and bake until a crust forms, about 30-40 minutes.

Lime Sour Cream:

For the sour cream, mix together all the ingredients. Add salt to taste.

Make ahead instructions:This filling is even more fabulous the next day! Make the filling recipe in it’s entirety, but hold off baking to form the crust until you are ready to serve. The lime sour cream has a tendency to get bitter after a day, so make that around the same time you plan on serving it.