Today, I am cooking Phil’s Texas Tacos in honor of Phil Collins. Just last night we saw him in concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. 

What a fantastic concert! 

Everyone know Phil Collins as a rock star. Did you know that he is also named an honorary Texan for his collection of historical artifacts?!! Last time that Phil was in Dallas, I saw him speak to the Dallas Historical Society about his Texas artifact and document collection. 

Phil wrote and published the book, “The Alamo and Beyond”. Reading through it gives much insight into the Alamo and the men who fought the battle at the old, abandoned mission in San Antonio. 

Phil’s passion for Texas history started at an early age when he watched Davy Crocket with Fess Parker. Fast forward to success, his interest in Texas history led to collecting Alamo artifacts. 

As we fix Phil’s Texas Tacos, let’s ‘Remember the Alamo’!

‘Must have’ taco equipment:

  1. The cloth tortilla warmer is made by IMUSA, purchased at Sur La Table.IMUSA

2. Taco holders purchased at Ace Mart.Taco Stands


Phil’s Texas Tacos

Tacos made with ground beef and Tex-Mex seasonings are the easiest dish to cook and everyone loves them!

If you in a pinch for time, substitute Taco Seasoning for the 5 spices!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 T. paprika
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg corn tortillas
  • 1 pkg flour tortillas

Taco toppings: 1 sliced Romaine lettuce, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 diced tomato

  • 1 jar favorite salsa


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the onion and the jalapeno until the onion begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.

  2. Add the seasonings – paprika, chili powder, salt , pepper, and garlic powder, continue cooking 1 minute.

  3. Add the ground beef, continue cooking mashing with a potato masher into small pieces until the pink color is gone.

  4. Add the water, cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until blended.

  5. Heat the tortillas.

  6. Serve with warm tortillas, toppings, and your favorite salsa!