This week’s quick and easy dinner is a quick one! One of my go to meals when the kids were young were tacos. I, also, remember it being one of my mom’s go to meals. It doesn’t get much easier than browning up some meat, adding in a packet of seasoning and wrapping it in a tortilla!
The only problem was, I am a crispy taco shell girl. You know, the kind you bake in the oven first. The only problem though is the entire shell cracks and falls apart after your first bite. I usually ended up making a little taco salad out of it and eating it with a fork.
Today’s recipe for Baked Tacos give you the same quick and easy dinner without the mess. I jazzed up the meat mixture a bit too.
In addition to the store bought taco seasoning packet I added in some tomato sauce, dried onion and a can of mild green chilies. Let the meat mixture simmer so that there is not too much liquid.
The meat, the shells and the cheese are all baked together. Doing this helps prevent the shells from falling apart. I put three pieces of rolled up foil in the bottom of the pan to allow for drainage if needed. If your meat isn’t well drained, you may get some liquid draining out of the shells and if they are sitting flat on the pan they can get soggy. I don’t like a soggy taco so I use the rolled up foil.
Fill the shells with your meat mixture. I used about 1 1/5 lbs. of meat and got about 10 -12 tacos form it.
Then it is time to put them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until the shells are lightly browned and warmed through.
For other quick and easy dinner ideas check these out:
- 1.5 ground beef
- 2 tsp dried onion
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 4.5 oz. can mild green chilies
- 1 C cheddar cheese
- 1 C monterey jack cheese
- 12 crispy taco shells
- lettuce, tomato and whatever condiments you like
- Brown meat with minced onion until meat is cooked through. Drain off any liquid/fat.
- Add in taco seasoning and tomato sauce and simmer until liquid is absorbed.
- Place taco shells into baking dish with rolled up foil on the bottom to keep shells from touching the bottom of the pan.
- Fill shells with meat mixture and top with cheese.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cheese melts and the shells are heated through.
- Remove from oven and top with desired condiments.
Adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventure