Baked Beef or Chicken Tacos

Baked Beef or Chicken Tacos

Baked Beef or Chicken Tacos

TACO TUESDAYYYYYYY- (or Taco any day) is the BEST. I’m currently a little obsessed with Mexican food, every Friday my huzzz and I have been going to this new Mexican restaurant and I just want to EVERY DAY now! But since I GUESS that’s not feasible, (wahhhh) making it at home is a pretty decent option ; )  They’re easy on the wallet, and take no time to make. PERFECT for busy weeknights. But what I love about them the most is how *crunchy* they are, they TOTALLY stay together every time I make them, I’ve never had one break. I was actually throwing these around as I was taking pictures of them and they didn’t break at ALL, even after being handled and after sitting on a bed of lettuce for a bit. THAT, is why I love them : ) I like to bake a little bit of cheese on the bottom first to help it stay extra crunchy, it provides a barrier between that crunchy taco shell and then next layer (which I choose to be sour cream, followed by the ridiculously delicious meat filling) And with that, I think there’s no doubt that you should probably make this your next weekday meal 😉

Baked Beef or Chicken Tacos
Serves: 4-6 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef (Can substitute chicken if you’d like!)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cups water
  • (1 oz.) packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (15oz.) can black beans
  • ¾ cup chunky salsa
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Mexican Cheese
  • 10 Hard Taco Shells (*I prefer to get the “stand n’ stuff” kind so they’re easier to stand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add ground beef, garlic, and onions (or shredded chicken) and cook on medium for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add ⅔ cup water and 1 packet taco seasoning and continue to cook for additional 10 minutes.
  4. Add ½ black beans and salsa, combining into mixture.
  5. Stand hard taco shells in baking dish, (I used a 9x9 inch dish and was able to fit 7) .
  6. Sprinkle the bottom with a little cheese. Place in the oven for about 6 minutes. This lets the cheese cook slightly and provides a barrier between the shell and the filling, which makes them stay extra crunchy!
  7. Remove from the oven, and place a dabble of sour cream on top of the cheese. Finally, fill generously with beef mixture, (spreading sour cream around the bottom as you do so) & top with more cheese 🙂
  8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, after which point, check on them often.
  9. Remove from heat once cooked as desired. Carefully remove with spatula and place on serving plate.
  10. Serve with remaining sour cream and black beans! You can also serve with additional salsa, guacamole, rice, or any other favorite Mexican sides!