Saturday, April 6, 2013

Baked Tacos

This is another quick and easy dinner recipe. Perfect to make on busy weeknight. The tacos are hot, crispy and cheesy after being baked for a few minutes. Pull them out of the oven and load them up with your favorite toppings.
Look at all that cheesy goodness melting over the beef mixture. Pure yumminess.
I topped mine with taco sauce, onions, tomatoes and more cheese. I just couldn't resist the cheese. You could serve this with a side of Spanish rice or guacamole and chips.
When assembling the tacos for the oven, make sure the ground beef mixture is not soupy or greasy. A soupy or greasy mixture will result in the taco shells having a soggy bottom and fall apart when you try to lift them up and devour them. I didn't have this problem, I simmered my ground beef mixture for a few minutes and it turned out perfect.

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 package taco seasoning
1 small can of tomato sauce (you only need about 4 ounces)
2 cups of shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
6 hard taco shells (I like the ones with the flat bottom)
And whatever condiments you love - tomatoes, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, etc.

Directions:
Preheat over to 400 degrees.
In large skillet brown ground beef and onion. Drain off any excess liquid. Return to pan and add tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Mix well. You don't want the mixture to be soupy, keep it simmering. Place tacos in a 9x9 inch backing dish standing up. Spoon the taco meat mixture into the taco shells. Fill them pretty full. the meat  mixture will bake down. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the taco meat. Place in the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve!


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