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Baked Beef Tacos

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. —Patricia Stagich, Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chiles, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 12 taco shells
  • Chopped green onions


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and 1 can of undrained tomatoes; heat through.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix beans, 1/2 cup cheese, cilantro, remaining can of undrained tomatoes and, if desired, pepper sauce. Spread onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Stand taco shells upright over bean mixture. Fill each with 1 tablespoon cheese and about 1/3 cup beef mixture. Bake, covered, 15 minutes.
  • Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and shells are lightly browned. Sprinkle with green onions.
Nutrition Facts
1 taco with 1/4 cup bean mixture: 277 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 836mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • kids11
    Jan 4, 2021

    I use Parament paper on the bottom of my baking dish. Tacos are so good! Diane

  • Peg
    Jan 4, 2021

    Tacos were very tasty, however they completely fell apart when removing them from the dish. Need to rework the recipe.

  • Ronald
    Mar 23, 2019

    Obviously the bean mixture goes into the taco. I mixed the meat with the beans, Cheese, Etc... and baked it. .

  • Shawn
    Jan 24, 2019

    knew by reading recipe, this would not work - tacos were delicious, however, they fell apart when trying to get out of the casserole dish - not sure what the plan for this was - deconstructed tacos? no clear guidance in the recipe

  • Dan
    Sep 17, 2017

    this is not a good idea

  • grandmascooking22
    Apr 2, 2017

    Very good. Didn't care for the soggy bottom. Think I'll try somehow to set the shells on a rack insert or crumbled foil to keep them off the bottom. I used ground turkey and low fat cheese.

  • Cook38
    Mar 5, 2017

    These were absolutely delicious and a must-have in my recipe collection for an encore performance! I used extra lean ground turkey and reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese and they were phenomenal!!! The leftovers were great and heated up wonderfully. One of my favorite TOH recipes to date, and I've been a subscriber since 1998.

  • december7
    Jul 21, 2016

    Excellent. Did not change a thing.

  • jfrances16
    Mar 9, 2016

    Tasted good but was too mushy on the bottom.

  • Angel182009
    Nov 20, 2015

    My family really enjoyed this. It had a lot of great flavor and was fairly inexpensive to make. Yes the bottom of the tacos stayed soft bc they were standing in the refried bean mix but the that didn't bother us.