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Baked Ground Beef Tacos

These Baked Ground Beef Tacos are stuffed with taco-spiced ground beef and melted cheese for an easy baked meal. Desired fixings added!

baked ground beef tacos on a platter

We love that this baked ground beef tacos recipe is super family friendly. Because who doesn’t like tacos? Even if you have picky eaters in your family, the picky ones can just eat a taco shell with meat and cheese. Maybe as those picky eaters get older, they’ll try adding different things to their tacos. Just display all the choices every time, and model good behavior by adding delicious goodies to your own tacos!

two photos showing skillet of taco meat and then taco meat stuffed taco shells

How to make Baked Ground Beef Tacos:

Make the taco meat first. Cook beef and onion in a large skillet until the beef has browned and the onion is softened. Add all of the spices, tomato paste, garlic and water. Simmer and cook until the liquid has evaporated and the meat mixture has thickened- about 5 minutes. Spoon the cooked meat mixture into hard taco shells placed in a 9×13-inch casserole dish.

two photos showing cheese sprinkled on tacos and then melted

Sprinkle the tacos with shredded cheese. Use monterey jack, cheddar or colby jack cheese or cheddar-jack cheese. All will be good in tacos! Bake the tacos for about 10 minutes- just until the cheese is nice and melty and the meat is warmed through.

baked ground beef tacos with fixings

Add whatever fixings you’d like to your tacos. It’s nice to be able to set all of them out and let people help themselves to desired fixings.

What are the best fixings for tacos?

  • chopped lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • avocado
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • chopped onion
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • sour cream

ground beef tacos on platter with fixings

This recipe is so easy because you don’t have to fry any tortillas. Crunchy taco shells are an easy vessel for making good tacos. You might also like to try our recipe for Walking Tacos one of these days. That’s another easy (and fun) way to make tacos. And then, of course, there’s our Best Taco Dip for parties and lazy football Game Days.

ground beef tacos with fixings

This recipe makes four generous servings. Each serving is three baked ground beef tacos! If you have smaller kids, they might not eat three, so you can feed more kids. They’re gonna love this one. Enjoy!

baked ground beef tacos on a platter

Baked Ground Beef Tacos
These tacos are an easy dinner recipe for busy days!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings (3 tacos each)
Calories 649 kcal



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 12 hard taco shells
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese


  • chopped tomatoes, chopped lettuce, fresh cilantro, minced red onion, sour cream, salsa, guacamole or avocado


  • Preheat the oven to 400℉. 
  • Cook the beef and onion in a large skillet over high heat until the meat is browned, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the meat. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, black pepper, tomato paste, garlic, and water. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until the meat is thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Divide the taco meat between 12 hard taco shells (about 3 to 4 tablespoons per taco) and place the tacos upright in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the meat. 
  • Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Garnish the tacos with any toppings you like. Serve immediately. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 649kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 40gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 1230mgPotassium: 669mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 868IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 490mgIron: 5mg
Keyword ground beef, tacos
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