Baked Tacos Recipe

Aimee Shugarman | Shugary Sweets

Baked Tacos are cooked in the oven to ensure the shells stay intact. Amazing!

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My family eats some sort of Mexican dish once a week. Usually more often than that. We also enjoy picking up Chipotle on the weekends for a quick and tasty lunch (really, who can resist the Chipotle carnitas recipe?!).

With a teen boy in the house, he’s also coming home at least once a week with a bag of Taco Bell. It’s a bit out of control.

As much as my kids love crunchy tacos, dinner usually ends up turning into a whiny mess of taco salad. Why? Because those dang tacos fall apart after one bite. Annoying.

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In my ever ongoing Pinterest search to find a solution for those crumbly tacos, I learned that if you BAKE the tacos with the filling, they soften up bit so the whole shell doesn’t break when you take one bite.

I was curious and got right to work.

After browning up my taco meat and seasoning it with some homemade taco seasoning (you can use a package if you prefer), I assembled my crunchy shells in a baking dish. I then filled the shells with meat and sprinkled them with a little lot of shredded cheese!

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On some of my tacos I added corn and black beans for myself and my husband. Toss these into the oven and when they come out, use a spatula to remove them from the dish (this helps the melted cheese unhinge from the pan). You can add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, a copycat for Chipotle guacamole, you name it!

Take a bite. There you go…no tears. Your shell stays in ONE piece! This is my new favorite way to serve tacos to my family. It’s also a great way to serve tacos to company too. Set a baking dish (or two) of these baked tacos on the table with an assortment of toppings for a do-it-yourself taco bar.


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Baked Tacos Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 3 tablespoons Taco Seasoning, 1 package or homemade
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 12 Crunchy Taco Shells
  • 1 1/4 cups Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
Optional toppings:
  • Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Guacamole
  • Black Beans
  • Frozen Corn
  • Sour Cream


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook ground beef until browned. Drain grease and return to stovetop. Add taco seasoning and water and simmer for several minutes.
  2. Meanwhile preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Place taco shells in a 13x9 baking dish. Fill with meat. (add beans and corn if desired) Top with shredded cheese and place in oven for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove and top with lettuce and tomato. Provide additional toppings if desired. ENJOY!


Cooking Method:
Tex Mex
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12 tacos
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Author: Aimee Shugarman
Recipe Yields: 12 tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 tacos
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 196
Calories 470

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 625mg
Total Carbohydrate 34g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 26g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Aimee Shugarman

About Aimee

Aimee Shugarman of Shugary Sweets likes all things sweet, as you can probably guess. Writing about homemade candy came naturally, and we're oh so thankful she's our Candy Fanatic.

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