Oven Baked Tacos Recipe

Oven Baked Tacos

I am a fan of the crispy taco.  The soft taco is good, too – but sometimes the crunch is just what you need.  But I needed a taco recipe that solved the dreaded crunchy taco disintegration issue – this Oven Baked Tacos Recipe does the job.

I thought the issue was just the way the taco crumbled UNTIL I found this oven baked taco recipe.  The one I found had chicken in it, which is good – but I had ground beef thawed out and no black beans…what’s a gal to do?

Well first, I had to solve the bean problem.  Instant Pot (or Cuisinart in my case) to the rescue!  I found a recipe for Slow Cooker Charro Beans that looked good – but I wanted to make some adjustments, and not have to cook them for 10 hours, so I adapted it for the Pressure Cooker an came up with these Instant Pot Pinto Beans.

Then I turned the beans and my ground beef into these AMAZING baked tacos.  I made a batch of my Cowboy Caviar to go on top (sans the beans, too many beans did not a happy home make).

SO – by baking the topping in the shells with a bit of cheese, the bottoms get a bit soft – still kinda crunchy though – and they don’t break into a million pieces.  PERFECTO!  

Give these a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Oven Baked Beef & Bean Tacos

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Carrie Hill


  • 1 pkg Stand & Stuff Taco Shells
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 2/3 C Pressure Cooker Charro Beans or a can of pinto beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 C Onion minced
  • 1/2 pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • *Favorite Taco Toppings
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Lime


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Brown ground beef and drain if necessary, add in the beans and add taco seasoning and water - let cook until thick and remove from heat
  3. While ground beef and beans are cooking - arrange taco shells in a 13x9 cake pan so they're all propping each other up and standing nicely
  4. Spoon a couple tablespoons of meat mixture into the shells and divide between all of them until filling is distributed
  5. Add a few tablespoons of cheese to the top of each taco and bake for 8-10 minutes. WATCH THESE because the top of the shells will burn if you forget about them. Remove when cheese is melted
  6. Top with your favorites & Enjoy!