Oven-Baked Tacos

Packed with seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and all the classic toppings, these crowd-ready tacos make a meal everyone will love.
SO amazing. I used ground turkey and diced in some jalapeños. Definitely going to make these again, I love tacos
Oven-Baked Tacos are always a favorite at dinnertime with the family, or when feeding a crowd at a party. Crisp taco shells are filled with cheese and our favorite seasoned ground beef taco meat and then baked in the shells the cheese is melted.

I first tried this recipe a few years ago, and it was one of the bigger successes I’d had in the kitchen for a long time! Everyone in the family LOVED these baked tacos! Not a speck of food was left in the pan, which is always a sign that it was truly a hit. This dish has so many things going for it that it’s really no wonder it went over so well!

This taco recipe takes classic taco ingredients and gives them a fresh approach by baking the shells upright in refried beans and tomatoes. The bottom gets soft, and the top stays crisp and crunchy. Baking the tacos after they are filled keeps the taco shell crisp and the cheese melts. Serve with a side of salsa and sour cream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 oz shredded cheese
  • 12 tortillas/taco shells.

DIRECTIONS

  • Start with the taco shells, buy them in the store or make em yourself. If you make them yourself, I don’t think you will ever go back to purchasing taco shells. All you need is some tortillas and cooking spray. We used some small, soft “taco” tortillas. We used the flour kind but corn is fine too.
  • First, you want to steam them… Wet some paper towels and wring them out well. Layer the tortillas with the wet paper towels on a plate and then microwave (we did 6 at a time). Keep an eye on them, it should be about 30 seconds until they are steamed. Then lightly spray each side with cooking spray and drape each tortilla over two bars of the oven rack. It is wise to put a baking sheet below them to catch any oil from the cooking spray. Bake at 350-375 degrees for 7-10 minutes. You will be able to tell that they are browning & getting crispy. Take them out and set them aside!
  • Okay, now for the filling All you need is ground beef (2 pounds), 1 can of refried beans, 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 packet of taco seasoning, shredded cheese, & your favorite taco toppings.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet. COMPLETELY drain all grease and return to skillet. Over low heat, add refried beans, taco seasoning, and about half to two-thirds of the tomato sauce (you can eye this to see what’s best, you don’t want the filling to be too runny or your tacos will be soggy on the bottoms). Blend well and scoop into the tacos (which should be “standing” in a lightly greased casserole type dish). Then just sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake. I think I did my at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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  1. Kathy