Crunch Beef Taco Bake or Taco Casserole Recipe | @bestrecipebox


Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 -15 Tacos
Calories: 381 kcal

The amount of tacos you can make in a batch will depend on your baking dish. You’ll want the shells to fit fairly snug so they hold each other up. Our 3-quart baking dishes usually hold 12-15 tacos.



  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. (455g-680g) ground beef or turkey
  • 1 (14.5 oz-411g) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) kosher salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper , to taste
  • about 2 cups (16 oz. - 225g) shredded cheese
  • 12-15 crunchy taco shells


  • Salsa , Shredded Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Lime wedges, etc...


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat skillet on medium high heat. Add oil then add the onions and garlic. Cook until softened.  Add beef and cook until brown. Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Remove from heat and drain any excess juices.
  3. Arrange taco shells snugly standing up in an about 9x13" baking dish. Divide the meat mixture between all the taco shells.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the tops of the filled tacos and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and taco shells are crispy. Remove from oven.
  5. Top with shredded lettuce, salsa, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream or your favorite taco toppings! Serve with lime wedges.

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