Oven Baked Beef Tacos Recipe

Oven baked tacos are an easy dish to make, and the whole family will love them. So it's already a win just knowing they are simple and delicious. Brown the hamburger in a skillet, and then it all goes into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Very little cleanup as far as dirty dishes go. The perfect dinner when you need to take a meal to a friend or neighbor.


Oven baked tacos come together so quick and easy. And they are easy to eat, too. Not a lot of mess with taco meat falling out with every bite. They are literally the easiest way to make and serve tacos.

Our kids often get so frustrated when they take a bite of their taco, the shell breaks, and taco filling is falling out. These are so easy for little hands to hold.

With oven baked tacos, the meat stays put. The shell slightly softens when cooked. We love using the taco shells with a flat bottom. They can stand up on their own, and that helps holds in the taco meat so well.

We had seen Oven Baked Tacos floating around the internet and decided to take make our 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 our book!

These tacos are great on their own without any extra toppings. That’s how our kids like to eat them.

can you use other meat in these tacos?

We like to use ground beef in these tacos. You can easily sub the ground beef out for a healthier option such as ground turkey.

Shredded beef would also be tasty in these oven baked tacos. If you had a lot of leftovers after a big Sunday pot roast, just shred the beef and add it to the recipe.

You could also use cooked shredded chicken for a chicken taco.

We have even tried shredded pork, and it was delicious.

how to top off your oven baked taco

Taco toppings are endless for these Oven Baked Tacos. They are a great to serve at a party. You can have a taco bar with so many topping options.

  1. Sour Cream
  2. Pico de Gallo
  3. Shredded Lettuce
  4. Sliced Olives
  5. Diced Tomatoes
  6. Taco Sauce

how to make oven baked tacos

Just a few simple taco ingredient for the taco base. We like these tacos without extra toppings too. They are delicious to stand on their own.

  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • In a large skillet brown the hamburger along with the onion and minced garlic. When hamburger is cooked through, rinse and drain the grease.
  • Add in black beans, taco seasoning, and salsa.
  • Mix in well and cook over medium heat for just a few minutes.

  • Place taco shells in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Add meat mixture to each shell, packing down well. Then top with shredded cheese.

  • Continue until all the shells are filled.

  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the tacos are heated through and the cheese is melted.

  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings. We like to add diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and sliced olives.

Related recipe: Love baked tacos? Then you’ll love our Cornbread Taco Bake!

helpful items used in oven baked tacos

  1.  Chop Stir – Our most used kitchen tool out of all the kitchen tools we own.
  2. Skillet – A non stick skillet that comes with a lid. 
  3. 9 x 13 Baking Dish – This nice glass baking dish comes with a lid. 
  4. Knife Set – 15 piece knife set is great for chopping veggies.


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here are more delicious taco recipes you will want to try-

  1. Honey Pork Tacos
  2. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
  3. Quick and Easy Fish Tacos
  4. Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Pork Tacos
  5. Ground Turkey Soft Tacos

Serves: 6

Oven Baked Beef Tacos Recipe

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 12 hard taco shells
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tomatoes (diced) - optional topping
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce - optional topping
  • 1 (6 ounce) can olives (sliced) - optional topping
  • 1 cup sour cream - optional topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet brown you hamburger along with the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until meat is brown, drain grease well.  
  3. Add black beans, taco seasoning, and salsa.  Mix well and let cook for a couple of minutes so that the flavors can meld and the mixture can thicken.
  4. In a large 9 x 13 inch baking dish, 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.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes (or until all the cheese is melted).
  6. Serve with your favorite taco toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, olives, sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce, or whatever you like).



2740 cal


46 g


447 g


120 g
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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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