Oven Baked Beef Tacos

Last weekend was so busy and this week is so busy and this weekend will be so busy!  I need a vacation.  But then I am sure I would get behind.  So then I’d need another vacation. 😉  Speaking of vacations, I have some “dream places” that I would love to go to.  I have always wanted to go to the Greek Isles – I have been obsessed since I saw the movie Mamma Mia!, I must admit.  Don’t judge me.  And every December, I look forward to seeing the Greek Isles calendars at the mall.  I also want to go to Italy.  And to Norway (I am very, very Norwegian).  And to Costa Rica and Colombia (I have family there).  And I need to go back to upstate New York to visit my in-laws and my dear friends there!  So, basically I want to go a lot of places.

Instead of traveling, I work…and I cook.  Like these Oven Baked Beef Tacos by Six Sisters’ Stuff.  Who would have thought to bake a taco in the oven?  But it works really well to get everything crispy, cheese melted…and just yummy!  I’m a fan of yummy.

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I made just a few alterations, due to ingredients on hand.  Well, only one.  The recipe calls for black beans, but I had leftover white beans from the toasted sesame and white bean hummus I made (I had soooooo many white beans left over), that I threw them into this instead.  Also, thanks to the advice of my dear friend Alysha, I blended my salsa!  It’s not a secret that I don’t like tomato chunks.  Normally when recipes call for salsa, I use taco sauce instead, but blending worked great, also!

The original blogger said that her tacos did not fall apart, but mine did.  Kind of.  At first we were exclaiming how great they were, they weren’t breaking open, and then some of them, in the middle only, were a wee bit soggy and fell apart.  But that might have been because I kept them in the pan for a bit after they were done, as I was waiting for my husband to get home, so they might have had extra time to simmer in their juices.  Despite that, this was very much approved by my mother, husband, and myself!

Best part: One serving of hard taco shells is THREE shells, for less than 150 calories, which is equivalent to just one soft taco!  I love the idea of eating 3 tacos! =D

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Oven Baked Beef Tacos

serves 4

Ingredients:
-1lb leanest ground beef
-1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 medium onion, diced
-1 (1oz) packet taco seasoning (or 2-3 tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning)
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1cu chunky salsa
-9+ hard taco shells
-1.5cu shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-In a large skillet, heat oil and add onion and garlic – saute for about 5 minutes until soft. Add beef and taco seasoning, cooking until meat is browned. Add beans and salsa. Mix well and let cook for a couple of minutes so that the flavors can mesh together and the sauce can thicken up.
-In a large baking pan, line up all the taco shells. Fill each one with a couple of scoops of the beef mixture and pack down into the shell. Repeat until all the shells are filled. Top each taco with shredded cheese.
-Bake for 8-10 minutes (or until all the cheese is melted).
-Serve with your favorite taco toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, olives, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, hot sauce, etc.).

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