Cheesy Oven Baked Tacos

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Oven Baked Tacos are always a favorite at dinnertime with the family, or when feeding a crowd at a party. Crisp taco shells are filled with cheese and our favorite seasoned ground beef taco meat and then baked in the shells the cheese is melted.

This is one of our favorite taco recipes! Baking these shells with meat & cheese helps to keep everything together – which means more yummy food in the mouth and less on the lap! Add your favorite toppings and serve!

Cheesy baked tacos in a white casserole dish topped with lettuce and tomatoes.

How to Make Oven Baked Tacos

The difference between these baked tacos and typical tacos is that the meat and a bit of cheese is added to the shells and baked for a few minutes.

Not only do they look so yummy packed together and standing upright in a casserole pan; they are easy to prepare, and even easier to grab and enjoy. You can also make these with pork or chicken. Just three simple steps to make this delicious crowd pleaser:

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion. Stir in taco seasoning, or (use Homemade Taco Seasoning), and diced tomatoes.
  2. Stack the taco shells side-by-side in a casserole pan and fill with cheese and meat mixture.
  3. Top with shredded cheese and bake until the shells are crispy and the cheese is thoroughly melted.

To Keep Baked Tacos Crispy

These tacos are naturally a little bit soft on the bottom due to the moisture from the meat. Here are a few tips to keep them as crispy as possible.

  • Start with a thin layer of cheese in the bottom to create a barrier between the shell and the meat.
  • Ensure your meat is cooked until all liquid is evaporated.
  • Fill and bake just before serving. Once baked, serve immediately.

Can I use soft tortillas? While you can use soft tortillas for regular ground beef tacos, these baked tacos need a crunchy taco. I find the crisp taco shells that stand by themselves are the easiest to use.

Cheesy tacos in a white casserole dish before being baked.

Of course the best reason to make oven baked tacos is that they’re just plain delicious!

Baked Taco Toppings

Tacos just wouldn’t be the same without a generous array of toppings to choose from. Top all of the tacos at once right in the pan, this makes for easy serving! If you’d prefer, create a taco bar and let everyone add their favorite toppings. Here are our favorites:

A white casserole dish with cheesy baked hard shell tacos in it.

What to Serve With Tacos

The best side dishes for serving with tacos are the classics: refried beans, Spanish rice and an ice cold margarita, am I right? Serve these next to your oven baked tacos, and your family just might think they’re sitting in the best restaurant in town!

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Cheesy Oven Baked Tacos

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
This is literally the easiest way to make and serve tacos!


  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 onion
  • 10 oz canned tomatoes with chilis such as rotel
  • 12-14 crisp taco shells
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar or jack cheese divided
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook ground beef and onion until no pink remains. Drain fat. Add in taco seasoning, undrained tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. Cook until no liquid remains (about 5 minutes).
  3. Place your taco shells in a 9×13 pan. Use small balls of foil between every second shell to help them stand up if needed.

  4. Divide 1 1/2 cups of cheese between the shells. Top with meat mixture divided between shells and finally top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake 15-18 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with desired toppings and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 414, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 414mg, Potassium: 390mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 29g, Vitamin A: 485%, Vitamin C: 1.3%, Calcium: 374%, Iron: 2.6%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Oven baked tacos are a great option when feeding a crowd! With ground beef, cheese and your choice of toppings these are perfect for even the pickiest of eaters! #spendwithpennies #ovenbakedtacos #tacotuesday #cheesytacos #mexicandish #maindish #kidfriendly
Oven baked tacos are a great option when feeding a crowd! With ground beef, cheese and your choice of toppings these are perfect for even the pickiest of eaters! #spendwithpennies #ovenbakedtacos #tacotuesday #cheesytacos #mexicandish #maindish #kidfriendly

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