Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Beef Taco Bake

I would have to call this recipe Half Taco/Half Enchilada.  Tacos baked in refried beans and tomatoes make the bottom of the taco soft and the top nice and crunchy.  Taco night will never be the same...

  • 2 (10-ounce can Ro-Tel tomatoes
  • 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese (I used Sargento Authentic Mexican)
  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
  • 12 taco shells
  • Scallions for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Combine 1 can of tomatoes, beans, hot sauce, and cilantro in a bowl.  Spread evenly in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.

Cook beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no long pink.  Pour off fat; then stir in taco seasoning, remaining can of tomatoes along with juice.  Simmer over medium-low until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Spoon 1 Tbsp. cheese into each taco shell and top with beef mixture.  Arrange tacos upright in bean mixture.

Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, 10-12 minutes.

Remove foil, top with remaining cheese and bake until cheese is melted an tacos are crispy, about 6 minutes.

Sprinkle with scallions or all your favorite taco toppings!

My recipe came in 2nd Place in the Taste of Home's Simple & Delicious Recipe Contest!
On sale October 6th!

~Adapted from Cook's Country
Sharing with Recipes for my Boys - Thursday's Treasures and Weekend Potluck


  1. Oh man, I have to stop coming by at dinner time:@) This looks great!

  2. My husband is going to flip when he sees this!
    Thank you!
    Eileen Gross | WineEveryday

  3. This is so clever! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck!

  4. Oh my goodness! I am SO in love with this idea. I am printing it as we speak. Thanks so much for coming to Weekend Potluck!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  5. Made this tonight. It was soooooo good!

  6. What are the nutritional values of this, it looks great.

  7. Was so good, we added some sour cream and taco sauce to our plate after cooking

  8. This looks amazing ...so delicious!

  9. This would work also using corn tortillas, fill with meat and cheese, roll and layer on top of bean mixture. Top with onions and more cheese and bake 20 minutes or so. Serve with enchilada sauce.


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