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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!

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.

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

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