Oven-Baked Cheesy Beef Tacos

Hot and ready all at once, these tasty oven-baked cheesy beef tacos are good little soldiers that stand up straight and keep taco night tidy!
Prep 20 Minutes
Total Time 30 Minutes
Servings 10

Ingredient List

  • 1 box (4.7 oz) Old El Paso™ Stand 'n Stuff Taco Shells (10 Count)
  • 1 lb ground beef (at least 80% lean)
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Old El Paso™ Original Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 3/4 cup salsa
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Place taco shells standing up and together in dish; set aside.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. To assemble, place 2 tablespoons cheese in bottom of each shell. Top each with about 1/4 cup beef mixture. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup cheese over filled tacos.
  4. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with salsa.

Expert Tips

  • Make it your own by adding your favorite taco toppings, like shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced jalapeño chiles, chopped red onion, lime wedges, cilantro leaves, guacamole or sour cream.
  • Make these tacos a complete meal by adding a side of your favorite rice, such as cilantro-lime rice. Simply cook rice as desired; stir in fresh cilantro leaves and freshly squeezed lime juice with a dash of salt.
  • For a fresher taste, opt for prepared pico de gallo in place of the salsa.


  • 1 Taco Calories 250 (Calories from Fat 140);  Total Fat 16g (Saturated Fat 7g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 50mg;  Sodium 540mg;  Potassium 160mg;  Total Carbohydrate 12g (Dietary Fiber 1g ,Sugars 0g);  Protein 14g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 8%;  Vitamin C 0%;  Calcium 20%;  Iron 8%
  • Exchanges: 1 Other Carbohydrate;  1 High-Fat Meat;  1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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