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Baked Beef Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

12 servings

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
Baked Beef Tacos Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat, 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, crumble meat; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and 1 can of undrained tomatoes; heat through.
  2. 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.
  3. Stand taco shells upright on bean mixture. Fill each with 1 tablespoon cheese and about 1/3 cup beef mixture. Bake, covered, 15 minutes.
  4. 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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