My cute little boy just turned 4 years old. He really is such a sweet boy, except for an occasional tantrum here and there.
A couple of weeks ago, we had tacos for dinner and he threw a crazy tantrum after biting into his hard-shell taco and having it break into a million pieces and then having all the filling fall out! It was ugly.
However, he loved the first few bites . . . and if my kids like a food, you better believe that we will be having it again and again.
So, I had to get smart and figure out a way to keep that filling inside the taco . . .
I had seen Oven Baked Tacos floating around the internet and decided to take my own spin on them. I had heard that baking the tacos softens the shell just a little bit and helps solidify the filling, so I put it to the test and it passed with flying colors! The filling stayed in place, the shells didn’t break into a million pieces, and we were able to eat dinner without one single tear . . . which makes these Oven Baked Tacos a perfect 10 in my book! 🙂
Oven Baked Beef Tacos
1 lb lean ground beef
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium onion, diced
1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning (or 2-3 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chunky salsa
12 hard taco shells
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large skillet, heat oil and add onion and garlic – saute for about 5 minutes until soft. Add beef and taco seasoning, cooking until meat is browned. Add beans and salsa. Mix well and let cook for a couple of minutes so that the flavors can meld and the mixture can thicken.
In a large 9×13″ baking pan, line up all the taco shells. Fill each one with a couple of scoops of the beef mixture and pack down into the shell. Repeat until all the shells are filled. Top each taco with shredded cheese.
Bake for 8-10 minutes (or until all the cheese is melted).
Serve with your favorite taco toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, olives, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo , hot sauce, or whatever you like!).
Makes 4-6 servings (depending on how many tacos each person wants!).
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