Beef Taco Bake

"This taco bake is different in that it includes beans and the tacos actually stand up in the beans. It's pretty and very tasty. The recipe comes from Cook's Country and they haven't let me down yet. I like to serves these with guacamole and taco sauce."
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Ready In:
12 tacos


  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes (reserve juice)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans (I use home made)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 14 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 12 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 12 taco shells
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin


  • Adjust oven rack to upper middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Combine half of tomatoes, beans, hot sauce, and cilantro in bowl. Spread evenly in 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
  • Cook beef in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Pour off fat, then stir in taco seasoning, remaining tomatoes, and reserved tomato juice. Simmer over medium-low heat until thickened and nearly dry, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon cheese into each taco shell and top with beef mixture.
  • Arrange tacos upright in bean mixture, cover with foil, and bake until bubbling, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove foil, top with remaining cheese, and bake until cheese is melted, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions. Serve.

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  1. OK I thought it was just me. I'd made this recipe twice. One time I was kind of embarrassed because I made these for my parents when I first moved out of their house. They were quite soggy. I didn't think they were supposed to be that way. However, reading these reviews, I guess they are :-(
  2. Love this dish! I didn't add cilantro or green chiles. I also forgot to add cheese on bottom of taco but will try next time. Changes i will make next time would be to sprinke taco seasonings on top of the bean mixture,,,,and add a spoonful of salsa on top of beef mixture than sprinkle cheese on top of that. Well recieved at this house and I will def make again
  3. Hmmm not our style, for the amount of cheese and beef and taco's id rather just make taco's.
  4. We loved this! I used very thin shells so they didn't stand up too great during baking but that's OK. I served this with a side of sour cream and your salsa recipe. Everyone was oohing and ahhing. LOL! Thanks so much for posting! Made for Fall PAC '09.
  5. A dish you attach 'meaning' to, as in...I 'mean' to eat it all. Made for Alphabet Soup.


<p>I'm a SAHM to adorable five year old boy/girl twins. I grew up in California where I could eat Mexican food every day and the produce was amazing! My husband grew up in Zambia, Africa and had a wonderful adventurous childhood. I love to listen to his stories. Shortly after we got engaged we moved to Augusta, Georgia and it was a fun adventure for us and we loved the change and adored going to the Masters golf tournament, but after two years we REALLY missed the west coast so we moved to Oregon. For five years I was more than thrilled to be near Mexican food once again and the produce was also fantastic. Now we live in upstate NY where there isn't any Mexican food (can you tell I like Mexican?) but we do have Italian and I love it! Now if I can do something about the snow!! I've been married for 13 years to a wonderful man who is everything I ever wanted and more. We love to travel, which we did a lot of before we had our wonderful babies five years ago. My husband and I love culture when we travel and so we try to stay away from the tourist spots. A few years ago my husband went to Saudi Arabia on business so I decided I'd go to Peru to see Machu Pichu and Cusco--by myself. It was an amazing trip and I can't wait to go there again. Given our love for Latin food we've traveled through Central and South America. I LOVE typical dishes, especially in Costa Rica, and I'm prefectly happy to eat rice and beans over and over again. We built our home two years ago and it's on 22 acres so we're busy most weekends gardening and enjoying the outdoors. My goal is to have a greenhouse like the one my husband built for me when we lived in Oregon.</p>
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