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Baked Tacos with Salsa
Yes, baked! The surprising new texture that comes from baking these tacos, will most definitely have your family asking for seconds! The meat is mixed with salsa when cooked, creating a new and satisfying flavor for the meat, especially if you like your salsa hot! But did I mention the texture? I know I did, but is to die for! You have your typical crunch that comes from biting into a hard shell taco, but then when you get to the meat, the tortilla becomes chewy, and oh my goodness, my mouth is watering just writing this. I cannot see myself making tacos any other way than this, from now on!
When I first discovered this recipe, I have to admit, I was a little worried that baking the tacos might make the shells soggy. Turns out, they aren't soggy at all, they just soften a little. And honestly I think that is my favorite part! Who else hates it when they bite into a taco and the shell falls apart? Well this method of making tacos eliminates this! Baking the tacos softens the shells, just a tiny bit, and helps them to keep everyone together. Do not be concerned that they will not be crunchy still, they still are!
The best part about this recipe is that you mostly likely already have some of the ingredients in your cupboards! And with such few ingredients needed, this recipe is also easy on your wallet. I have added this to my monthly menu because my kids are always asking for it! Plus, we never use all 12 of the tortillas in one meal, so we always have extra in the cupboard. I mean, just look at that melty cheese!
Hungry yet? Lets get started!
This recipe calls for:
- 1lb ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 ounce taco seasoning or 1 TBSP homemade taco seasoning (what I use)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup salsa
- 8-12 corn tortillas
- Cheddar cheese, or taco cheese
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Basil Seasoning
Heat your skillet on medium-low. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook for about 1 minute. To the meat, add a dash of the onion powder, a dash of the garlic powder, and a dash of the basil seasoning and mix together well. I find that these extra seasonings really bring something extra to the flavor of the meat.
When the meat has been cooking for a few minutes, add the 2 cloves of garlic and stir together. When the meat has just about finished cooking, add the taco seasoning. Now, when you typically make tacos, here is where you would mix some water into the meat as well, but instead of the water, it is now time to add the salsa. I promise, this makes it amazing!
Side note: Please check out my blog Homemade Spice Mixes, which explains how I make my homemade taco seasoning!!! This natural seasoning is made from spices that are very common to have in your cupboard, and it only takes a few minutes to throw the mix together. I feel that using my homemade spice mix really makes a difference in the taste of the tacos, plus you are saving yourself from eating all of the additives and chemicals that are included in spice mixes that are bought at the store.
...grab your baking dish, and line up the tortillas. If you cannot find the tortillas that are made with the square-shaped bottoms, and the tortillas will not stand up, here is a tip: notice that I have used the little white paper wedge that comes with the tortillas to prop them up!
Lets get ready to bake!
Once the meat and the salsa have cooked together for about a minute, it is now time to transfer the meat/salsa mixture to the tortillas. I usually add about a tablespoon of the mixture at a time to each shell, in order to ensure each shell has about the same amount of meat/salsa.
Now, add as much cheese as you would like to each taco. You'll notice that some of my tacos have mozzarella cheese on them, instead of cheddar or taco cheese. Well, I'll admit it, the only kind of cheese I like is mozzarella, and I even like it on my tacos!
Once you have assembled your tacos, bake them at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. When they are finished, the cheese will be all melted and gooey and so yummy! Let sit for a couple minutes before serving.
Serve with your favorite taco toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions, taco sauce, or whatever you choose!
Seriously, look at these babies!
- 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 oz taco seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup salsa
- 12 taco shells
- approx. 1 1/2 cup cheddar or taco cheese
- dash onion powder
- dash garlic powder
- dash basil seasoning
Step By Step Instructions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Heat skillet to medium-low. Add ground beef to the skillet. After about a minute, add the dashes of the onion powder, garlic powder, and basil seasoning.
- After a few minutes, add the 2 gloves of minced garlic.
- When the meat is fully cooked, add the 1 ounce of taco seasoning. Then, mix in all of the salsa.
- In any size baking dish (depending on how many tacos you are making, I used an 11x7 dish), line up the taco shells.
- Transfer the meat/salsa mixture to the taco shells, one ounce at a time to make sure each taco has the same amount of mixture.
- Sprinkle the cheese onto each taco, using as much cheese as you like!
- Once assembled, bake the tacos at 400 degrees for 8-10 mins, or until the cheese has melted.
- Serve with your favorite taco toppings.
So tell me...
How do you typically eat tacos?
I really hope that your family loves this meal as much as mine does! I don't know if I'll make tacos differently ever again! The crunchy but chewy texture that these tacos have make them crazy addicting! Enjoy!