Sunday, January 5, 2014

Oven Tacos

Happy New Year!!

Tim says we never have tacos. I stopped to think about it and realized he is right.  I think maybe because we never have all the ingredients on hand to make them.  I was intrigued when I saw this recipe for oven tacos.  We really liked these.  It's nice they're already assembled and baking them in the oven adds a nice crispness to the shells.  Maybe now we'll have tacos more often, Tim!

Oven Tacos
Recipe Courtesy of Mommy I'm Hungry

2 lbs ground beef (or turkey/chicken)
1 small onion diced
1 small can diced green chilies
1 recipe for Homemade taco seasoning (below)
1 (8 ounce) can low sodium tomato sauce
1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans
2 cups shredded reduced fat Colby-jack cheese
18-20 hard taco shells

Optional Condiments-
Lettuce (shredded)
Tomato (diced)
Sour Cream
Olives, sliced 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

In a large skillet brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Return to pan, add chilies, refried beans, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Mix well and cook for a few minutes if mixture seems runny.

Spoon the taco meat mixture into the taco shells and place into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish standing up. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the taco meat in each shell. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through.
Remove from the oven and top with any optional condiments for serving.

Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix all together. Store in an airtight container.
I used all of this on 2 lbs of ground meat with a little water mixed in.


  1. We never have tacos either. I love the idea of baking them!

  2. I think the idea of oven tacos sounds good too. My son enjoys tacos and it is a fast easy meal. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. We make burritos all the time, it's been ages since I've had a crunchy taco shell and it sounds good! I've also copied you taco seasoning, I like the spice ratios:@)

  4. I don't make tacos very often either - but my family loves it when I do! This recipe looks like a winner.

  5. Hi Julie,
    The baked tacos look so good! I love the idea and your recipe for taco seasoning. Happy New Year to you. xo

  6. This sounds like a great idea…I love crunchy tacos.


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