Today is a very special day. Amy, from Amy's Kitchen Creations, and her husband are expecting their first baby (a girl! - in just a few days!) and today is their virtual baby shower. I'm so excited for her! I can remember what a fun time that was for us and all of the joy that has come since that they will experience soon, too.
Our hostess, Carrie, asked that we share simple meals for new moms. As a working mom of two small kids myself, I have had some time to figure out what works for us and what doesn't. If your baby is easy-going and chill, like my first, then things might not change too much in the beginning. I still had plenty of time to cook, but it was more fun to hold the baby or play :) That is where these baked tacos come in.
Taco night has always been popular in our house. I never used to like making crispy tacos at home, though. Either the shell broke, the filling fell out, or they just weren't very crispy. Then, I came across this idea of baking the hard shells with the meat and cheese already filled and it's our new favorite way to eat tacos. They stay warm longer, don't seem to fall apart as easily, and it just makes sense. I can spend a little time in the kitchen prepping the meat one day, and then freeze extra portions for other meals down the road. You'll have dinner ready in 15-20 minutes. Serve these with whatever toppings you like - lettuce, cheese, tomato, sour cream, or homemade rockamole as my daughter likes to call it.
I modified the recipe slightly, but the original measurements are below. I used 3 lbs of extra lean ground beef instead of two to make it a little less beany, and put a little extra of each of the seasonings to make up for it.
Congratulations Amy & Matt! I can't wait to hear about your baby girl's arrival! Be sure to check out the other party recipes for Amy's Shower at Carrie's Sweet Life. Thanks for hosting Carrie!
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
- 2 cups shredded Colby-jack cheese
- 18-20 hard taco shells
- Optional Condiments-
- lettuce (shredded)
- tomato (diced)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl combine dried minced onion, chili powder, cornstarch, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside.
In a large skillet brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Add refried beans, tomato sauce, and prepared taco seasoning. Mix well.
Spoon the taco meat mixture into the taco shells and place into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, standing up. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the taco meat in each shell. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through. Remove from the oven and top with any optional condiments for serving.
(Makes 8-10 Servings)