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Baked Tacos

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Hispanic
Keyword: appetizer, baked tacos, best baked tacos recipe, easy baked tacos recipe, kid friendly recipe, snack
Servings: 12 tacos


  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef/chuck
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 12-15 hard taco shells


  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • 2-3 cups shredded cheese mozzarella or cheddar
  • chopped tomatoes
  • taco sauce
  • chopped lettuce


  • Using a skillet/pan: turn the heat to medium.
  • Add ground beef/chuck and cook for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent. Optional: transfer the meat to a strainer and drain the grease. 
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add all the seasoning ingredients, tomato sauce, and water then mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  • Place the hard tacos shells (facing up) on a baking sheet.
  • Add cooked meat inside the taco shells.
  • Add shredded cheese on top of the meat.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is mealted and the shells are crispy. Remove from the oven.
  • Add more cheese (optional), lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce or salsa on top of melted cheese.

Serve immediately and Enjoy!