Oven Baked Beef Tacos Recipe

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! 🙂

Serves: 6

Oven Baked Beef Tacos Recipe

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. In a large 9x13" 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.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes (or until all the cheese is melted).
  5. Serve with your favorite taco toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, olives, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo , hot sauce, or whatever you like!).

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52 Responses to “Oven Baked Beef Tacos Recipe”

  1. We have made these for years. We put a layer of cheese in the bottom of the shells and heat to melt the cheese. This helps to keep the meat mixture from soaking through the shell and the shells falling apart. Such an easy way to serve tacos.
  2. Michelle
    This is just a fancier version of the other baked tacos floating around the internet. Those are just the meat, refried beans and salsa mixed together, stuffed and topped with cheese. My kids love them! They aren't bad with soft taco shells either!!
  3. We made these last night with ground turkey (and about 3.5 - 4 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning) and they were delicious!! I couldn't believe how much flavor they had and it was so easy - we will definitely make these again and again. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Allison
    The verdict is in--they love them! :) My boys inhaled them and there is not a crumb left. My 7-year old said after the first, I think that these are as good as Taco Bells. Then after the second, these are better AND they don't break! :) Hooray! From a hard taco loving mom (daddy prefers soft) thank you...since they always complained when I fixed hard tacos because they always break! YUM! These were delicious AND worth using my oven on a hot summer day (well, I do have AC so I guess that I cheated!) But...delicious!!!
  5. I just wanted ti say we love this idea and recipe! We've had several times over the past few months and even for company. Everyone loves it. One tip that I've used recently is lining the pan with tinfoil and using the tin foil to prop up the tacos in between each taco - they sometimes tended to fall and make a mess. This makes clean-up even easier and the tacos stand up perfectly! Just wanted to share! :)
  6. Heather
    I have made these several times. They are a favorite but I have not figured out a way for them not to break or get soggy. They always break before I can get them on the plate and I always drain the meat. Any ideas?

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