I am so excited about the ground beef recipes series that I am starting on Thursdays. The response to this series from all of you has been more than I imagined. I had no idea you all loved ground beef so much.
All this time I thought ground beef was boring and too basic to share, but it turns out that you all are just like me. You are looking for quick and easy, family and budget friendly meals. And you all love ground beef recipes as much as I do.
So for our first ground beef recipe, we are starting with one of my new favorite, go to recipes.
Mexican type foods are one of my family’s favorite foods. They are usually quick and easy to make. Not only that many of them contain ground beef and beans, which are both inexpensive ingredients to serve.
A lot of times when people think of ground beef and beans, they think they are boring because they are often served in the same ways over and over again. The number one tip I have for making your family love basic meals is to change them up. Change the seasonings, change the cheeses, change how you make them. Serve the same foods in new ways.
That is exactly what I have done with these oven tacos. They are really just a basic taco served in a different and fun way.
My family loved these and thought that they reminded them of something we have had at a Mexican restaurant. They could not remember exactly what dish it reminded them of, but they remembered it being a dish they loved. And can I just say that I enjoy hearing that something I made tastes like something that was more expensive and came from a restaurant. I take comments like that as quite the compliment.
We eat a lot of tacos in our house and since we loved these so much, we all agreed that these tacos should be on the menu plan often. They were a nice change from regular tacos. And I think these would be perfect to serve at a kid’s party or to a bunch of teens. Quick and easy, budget friendly food always work well for serving large groups.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 can refried beans
- 8 ounce tomato sauce
- 1 pkg taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
- 18-20 hard taco shells
- lettuce, salsa, sour cream, etc for serving.
- Brown ground beef. Drain off any fat and add refried beans, tomato sauce, and seasoning.
- Spoon mixture into taco shells.
- Place filled shells into a 9×13 pan, standing up. Sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.
Note: If you are gluten free be sure to read labels on the taco seasoning and taco shells to be sure they are gluten free.
Note: For those of you with a smaller family you may want to half this recipe. You could also easily stretch this for a larger group and get a few more tacos out of it by adding extra beans.