Oven Baked Beef Tacos

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Oven Baked Beef Tacos are a super easy dinner recipe to make for your family!

Making Oven Baked Beef Tacos with Fixings

This is the best sort of dinner recipe to make if you are looking for a meal that uses very few ingredients. And it’s also a good one to make for picky eaters. Everyone will be able to add their own fixings to their tacos, according to what individual preferences are. This recipe makes ten Oven Baked Beef Tacos, so adjust as needed if you want to make fewer tacos or more for a really hungry bunch!

Making Oven Baked Beef Tacos

How to make Oven Baked Beef Tacos:

This is a very easy recipe to make. You’ll need to look for the “stand up” taco shells at your market. If you can’t find the exact shells mentioned in the recipe, it’s okay to substitute regular shells. The stand-up shells make the tacos easier to fill, but if you use regular shells then you can just snuggle them side-by-side instead and they’ll stand up well enough.

Making Oven Baked Beef Tacos

Taco meat:

You’ll make the taco meat (easy). Use ground beef. And you could use ground turkey in place of ground beef if you don’t wish to use beef (or if you can’t find it). You can use an envelope of taco seasoning for these Oven Baked Beef Tacos, or you can follow directions in the recipe to make your own taco seasoning. Sometimes I like to add a can of chili beans to my taco meat to add a little more bulk and flavor to the filling. It’s up to you!

The taco shells are set inside a 9×13-inch pan. Cheese is sprinkled into each shell and then taco meat is spooned on top.

making Oven Baked Beef Tacos with cheese

More cheese is added on top of the taco meat.

Making Oven Baked Beef Tacos with melted cheese

And then you’ll bake the tacos. That’s it!  These Oven Baked Beef Tacos are such an easy, no-fuss dinner recipe to make, right? We all need recipes like this right now!

Oven Baked Beef Tacos with Fixings

Add whatever toppings you’d like for your tacos. I suggest topping them with chopped iceberg lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Add a little taco sauce or salsa too. And guacamole and sour cream are great additions too. Enjoy!

Here are a few more taco recipes you might like to try:

Making Oven Baked Beef Tacos with Fixings
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Oven Baked Beef Tacos

Super easy dinner recipe to feed your family!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 tacos
Calories 152kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef tacos, oven baked



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • One 1-ounce envelope taco seasoning (see notes below to make your own seasoning)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • One 15.5-ounce can chili beans, drained (optional)


  • One 10-count package Stand 'n Stuff Taco Shells (Old El Paso brand makes them)
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • guacamole, salsa, sour cream, as desired


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, brown the ground beef on medium-high heat until cooked through. Add the taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water. Heat to boiling, then reduce to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. If you are using the chili beans, add those in and stir into the beef. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place the taco shells in the prepared pan. Divide half of the shredded cheese evenly into the bottom of each of the taco shells. Then divide the beef mixture between the taco shells- on top of the cheese. Top each taco shell with the remaining cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the shells are slightly browned and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the baked tacos from the oven and top with lettuce and tomatoes. Add any other desired toppings as well. Serve immediately!


  • Nutritional information includes taco meat (no beans), shells and cheese. All toppings should be included as extra.
  • If you want to make your own taco seasoning, combine: 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  • Old El Paso brand Stand and Stuff shells can be found at Walmart (and other grocery stores).


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • JANE wrote:

    Flip a muffin pan upside down and tuck the taco shells in gently. They will stand straight up

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      How funny- what a neat tip!