Cheesy Oven Baked Tacos

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This is literally the easiest way to make and serve tacos!  I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this all my life!

Simply stand the tacos up in a pan, fill with cheese & meat and bake!  Once they come out of the oven, I put the toppings on all of them at once; so fast and easy!  The best thing about these tacos is the shells don’t snap and break open which means your taco doesn’t end up a broken mess!

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Be sure to put a thin layer of cheese under the meat and to assemble right before baking to avoid the shells getting soft.  Mine always turn out perfectly!

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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! I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this all my life!


  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 onion
  • 1 can of Rotel tomatoes
  • 12-14 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.
  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: 9.7%, Vitamin C: 1.6%, Calcium: 37.4%, Iron: 14.4%

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


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