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Oven Baked Tacos

Oven Baked Tacos Recipe

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
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 pkg Stand & Stuff Taco Shells
  2. 1 lb Ground Beef
  3. 2/3 C Pressure Cooker Charro Beans (or a can of pinto beans, drained & rinsed)
  4. 1/2 C Onion, minced
  5. 1/2 pkg Taco Seasoning
  6. 1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  7. *Favorite Taco Toppings
  8. Avocado
  9. Lettuce
  10. Salsa
  11. Sour Cream
  12. Guacamole
  13. 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!
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