Friday, May 24, 2013

Baked Oven Tacos

Baked Oven Tacos

Makes 18-20 tacos.

I used flour tortillas instead of the recommended hard taco shells.  They still tasted great, but, as you can imagine, they didn't hold their shape while baking.  This made for a messy eating experience, and not nearly as nice of a presentation, but do whatever floats your boat!
Slightly adapted from: Mommy, I'm Hungry

2 lbs ground beef (or turkey/chicken)
1 small onion diced1 small can diced green chilies2 T. taco seasoning1 (8 ounce) can low sodium tomato sauce 1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans 2 cups shredded reduced fat Colby-jack cheese 18-20 hard taco shells

Optional Condiments- Lettuce (shredded) Tomato (diced) Salsa Guacamole Sour CreamOlives, sliced  

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  
In a large skillet brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Return to pan, add chilies, refried beans, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Mix well and cook for a few minutes if mixture seems runny. 
Spoon the taco meat mixture into the taco shells and place into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, standing up. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the taco meat in each shell. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through. Remove from the oven and top with any optional condiments for serving. 

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