How to Make Your Own Baked Taco Shells
by Eating Well
Working with 6 tortillas at a time, wrap in a barely damp cloth or paper towel and microwave on High until steamed, about 30 seconds. Lay the tortillas on a clean work surface and coat both sides with cooking spray. Then carefully drape each tortilla over two bars of the oven rack. Bake at 375°F until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes.
Now that we have our shells, we are ready to make Baked Tacos!
I have posted my version of the recipe from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures below…but you really just need to make taco meat/filling like you usually do, fill the shells and bake them casserole style! I decided to try a variation on Lynn’s recipe and we all liked it a lot!
Adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
- 2 lbs ground beef or cooked shredded beef or chicken or pork
- 1 can refried beans
- 15 ounce tomato sauce
- 1 pkg taco seasoning or 2 – 3 Tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning)
- 1 – 2 cups shredded cheese (I didn’t measure)
- 18-20 hard taco shells (I think I used 15, but I crammed them pretty full)
- Your favorite taco toppings.
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.
As you can see from the picture…I topped my taco with a Tomatillo Salsa that I purchased at a local restaurant called Loco Lizard Cantina. It is THE BEST green salsa! I really need to figure out how to make a homemade version of it. It was soooooooo good on the baked tacos! (If anyone has a good recipe…please share!)