Monday, September 10, 2012

Baked Tacos

Nate loved these! He was seriously complimenting me all throughout dinner. These instantly became a family favorite for us. Nate says he can't eat regular tacos ever again. I am so pleased these lived up to expectations. I've had this idea from Lynn's Kitchen saved for months. I honestly don't know why I didn't try them sooner! They were a hit for our family and I'm sure you'll enjoy them too.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 can fat free refried beans
4 oz. tomato sauce
1 envelope + 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning (Nate likes the Taco Bell brand)
1/3 cup water
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
shredded cheese
taco shells (I used the stand and stuff kind)
toppings of your choice, salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream, etc.

In a large skillet brown and crumble ground beef, halfway through cooking add the diced pepper and onion. Once beef is cooked add the envelope of taco seasoning and water. Reduce heat to medium and allow water to and seasoning to be absorbed. Then add the beans, tomato sauce, and 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning. Mix thoroughly. Once mixture is well combined and heated through, spoon into taco shells. I used 10 of the stand and stuff shells and had some beef mixture left over. Place filled taco shells in a 9x13" baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until shells are warm and cheese is melted. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

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