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Baked Tacos

This Baked Taco Recipe can be made with ground beef or shredded chicken! They’re topped with cheese and served with your favorite taco toppings!

Wait until you taste the creamy, seasoned meat filling with my simple secret ingredient that makes all the difference.

A white plate with baked tacos filled with ground beef and cheese with tomatoes.

Baked Tacos

This is the EASIEST way to whip up a big batch of tacos for a 30-minute meal that your family will love every time.

You will love the flavor of the seasoned meat mixture (which can be made with ground beef or shredded chicken).

love to add a dab of softened cream cheese to the meat mixture to add a cool, creamy offset to the taco seasoning.

How to Make It

**See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Line 8-10 taco shells in a casserole dish and bake at 400° for 5 minutes. 
  • Cook/crumble ground beef and diced onions until softened and cooked through. Drain grease and add taco seasoning, undrained diced tomatoes, and beef broth. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the cream cheese until melted and combined.
  • Spoon rinsed/dried black beans in the bottom of each taco shell, then fill with ground beef mixture.

Cooking ground beef mixture and adding them to hard shell tacos in a casserole dish.

Top with shredded cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add desired toppings. Serve!

Tacos lined up in a white casserole dish before and after baking with cheese on top.

To Make with Chicken:

  • 3 cups shredded chicken may also be used and seasoned/sautéed on the stovetop as outlined.
  • I recommend that you cook the chicken over medium heat instead of medium-high, as it can become tough if rapidly cooked/boiled.

Taco Toppings

  • These baked tacos can be topped with salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced avocado or guacamole, diced onions, and chopped cilantro!

Keeping the Taco Shell Crunchy

  • I like to spoon black beans along the bottom of the taco shells to create a barrier between the meat mixture and the taco shell. (This works really well.)
  • Refried Beans can be used in addition to or instead of black beans.

Storage

  • These are best if served immediately for a nice crunchy taco.
  • If you do have leftovers, wrap each leftover taco shell with foil and store in the fridge. Bake in a 350° oven for about 8 minutes to reheat.

Baked Tacos with beef and cheese in a casserole dish.

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Baked Tacos filled with a creamy ground beef mixture with melted cheese lined up in a casserole dish.

Baked Tacos with ground beef and melted a cheese on a white plate with cilantro on top.

Baked Tacos

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This Baked Taco Recipe can be made with ground beef or shredded chicken! They're topped with cheese and served with your favorite taco toppings!

Ingredients

  • 8-10 hard taco shells
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 lb. ground beef, see notes for using chicken
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 oz. packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • ¼ cup beef broth, can sub chicken broth or water
  • 1 Tablespoon softened cream cheese, optional
  • 1 ¼ cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Optional Toppings:

  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Avocado/Guacamole

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the black beans. Set them on a paper towel lined plate to dry.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Line 8-10 taco shells along a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and bake for 5 minutes if using a light colored dish, 3 minutes if using a dark dish.
  • Meanwhile, cook and crumble the ground beef and diced onions over medium-high heat until softened and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Drain grease.
  • Add taco seasoning, undrained diced tomatoes, and beef broth. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the softened cream cheese until melted and combined.
  • Spoon black beans onto the bottom of each taco shell, then top with ground beef mixture.
  • Top with cheese and bake, uncovered, for 7-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add desired toppings. Serve!

Notes

Using chicken instead of beef:
  • 3 cups shredded chicken may also be used and seasoned/sautéed on the stovetop as outlined.
  • I recommend that you cook the chicken over medium heat instead of medium-high, as it can become tough if rapidly cooked/boiled.

  • Monterey Jack is another great cheese option to combine with or use instead of cheddar.

  • Refried Beans can be used in addition to or instead of black beans.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 400mg, Potassium: 329mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 463IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 133mg, Iron: 2mg

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11 comments on “Baked Tacos”

  1. I was in a dinner rut and my family threatened to boycott if I made another pasta recipe. This was quick and easy, perfect for a busy weeknight. Everyone devoured them! Thank you!!

    • 😂 That’s funny your family threatened to boycott lol. Sounds like a tough crowd! Happy to hear everyone enjoyed this. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  2. I made both the beef and chicken and they were both delicious! Will definitely make them again!

  3. I never would have thought of baking tacos like this… BRILLIANT! It’s so easy. I used ground beef but I can’t wait to try it with chicken. I have my sons birthday party coming up and I might do this instead of ordering a bunch of pizza!

    • I think it would be great to make these for a party😃 I make them for my husband and his friends when they are watching football. It’s so easy and they devour them! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  4. Is there a way to make with soft tacos?

    • Hey Geri! It’s a little harder to line them up in a way that they’ll stay in place but yes! You can basically fold the tortillas into a taco shape and line them up in a lightly greased casserole dish. Place the black beans along the bottom, followed by the meat mixture, and then the cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-8 minutes to warm the tortillas up, and you’ll be good to go!

  5. Made these tonight. The kids inhaled them all and want them every week. Really revved up our Taco Tuesdays. Excellent!!

    • I’m so happy to hear that Nesha! Taco Tuesdays are the best and this is such an easy way to make a bunch of tacos. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!😃

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