Classic Baked Tacos

Marvelous Munch
by Marvelous Munch
4 Servings
40 min

What is better than a Classic Baked Taco? Really, not much. As a kid growing up, one of my favorite weeknight meals was ground beef tacos. It was perfectly simple, ground beef, taco seasoning, lettuce, and cheese. For the longest time it was just so simple to make tacos with the store bought seasoning. Quickly, I realized how easy and cheap it was to make my own seasoning at home. I’ve spent some time perfecting it over the years but now I refuse to go back to the package seasoning.

The tacos pictured are made with ground beef, but we actually prefer these Classic Baked Tacos with ground turkey instead. We find that the ground beef is too greasy, even after draining the grease. Ground turkey absorbs the flavors from the seasoning when simmering more than ground beef does. Ground beef is usually cheaper to purchase and definitely holds the sauce better than ground turkey does. Either meat option chosen for this recipe are bound to make some delicious Classic Baked Tacos!

The recipe above makes a Classic Baked Taco and the spice is just right. No one likes a taco that is too mild, you want to taste the spice a bit. We wrote to add 1/2 of a jalapeno removing the seeds. That ensures you get the flavor of the jalapeno without too much heat. We do like to keep the seeds in most times we make this to get that heat up a notch. The melted cheese also plays a part in making these tacos a bit milder, so don’t be afraid to make these extra cheesy! For your taste buds, really.

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Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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Taco Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 package hard taco shells
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ jalapeno chopped and seeds removed
  • ½ red onion sliced thinly
  • ½ bell pepper sliced thinly
  • ¾ cup water
Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cube beef bullion broken up
Spicy Cilantro Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Preheat oven to 400°
Tacos & Seasoning
In a large saute pan cook ground beef or ground turkey until cooked and drain grease
Slice and chop red onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno
Once grease is drained add pepper, onion, and jalapeno to pan with meat and turn heat to a medium flame
Add in all seasoning and ¾ cup of water to the saute pan
Let simmer for 5-10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and you have a thick sauce mixed with the meat and veggies
On a baking tray like 10-12 hard taco shells upright
Fill each taco shell with taco mixture
Cover all of the tacos with cheddar cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes, once the cheese starts to turn a golden brown
Remove from oven and top with spicy cilantro sour cream
Spicy Cilantro Sour Cream
Add all ingredients to bowl and mix well
Let sit in fridge for 10-15 minutes before serving
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