This Oven Tacos Recipe is so easy to make plus it makes enough to feed a crowd! They’re economical and you can customize them to fit your family’s taste buds!

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This Easy Oven Tacos recipe is a staple at my house. They’re incredibly tasty and so easy to make. In fact 30 minutes is all you need from start to finish. While these tacos are baking in the oven I whip up my Mexican Rice to serve along with it. When I’ve feeling overly ambitious I make my Restaurant-Style Refried Beans, too. Both the Oven Tacos recipe and the Mexican Rice will serve a crowd! As long as the meat going into the tacos is overly wet, the tacos can be served as leftover the next day.

Two Easy Oven Tacos on a plate

What I love about this Oven Tacos recipe is that it makes a ton for about $7-9 (depending on the toppings you choose)! To make them even more economical I always use my Homemade Taco Mix in the recipe.

How to Make Oven Tacos:

How to Make Oven Tacos

  1. Place the taco shells into a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. Fill the taco shells with meat and cheese.
  3. Bake until the cheese is melted and the taco shells are crispy.

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Cook’s Note – Oven Tacos Recipe

  • I like to use the taco shells with the flat bottom. They stay up easier plus you can stuff them with more filling!
  • I recommend placing the toppings on your dinner table so folks can fill their own tacos with their favorite fillings.
  • Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Just crisp them in a 400 degree F oven for 5 minutes. Then add you toppings and serve!
  • The topping I list in the recipe are just a suggestion. Use your favorites to customize the recipe to fit your taste!

Oven Tacos in a 9x13 baking dish

Two Easy Oven Tacos on a plate
5 from 1 vote

Oven Tacos Recipe

Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
12 tacos
This Oven Tacos Recipe is so easy to make plus it makes enough to feed a crowd! They're economical and you can customize them to fit your family's taste buds!


  • 12 hard taco shells
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-1 ¼ cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • Toppings:
  • Romaine lettuce chopped
  • black olives sliced
  • Roma tomatoes diced
  • Avocado diced
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a 9 x 13-inch pan add the hard taco shells. Nestle them in nice and close to each other.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground beef. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break the beef apart. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned. Drain off the grease.
  • Spoon the ground beef into the taco shells and distribute evenly. Sprinkle in the cheese and bake in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the shells are crispy and have darkened a little.
  • Add you favorite toppings and serve!

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  1. I never knew tacos could be made this way. Sounds awesome!

  2. These look so delicious and healthy! Can’t wait to try!

  3. Kristin K says:

    Another choice for hard taco shells, are the soft tortilla shells! Then, you filled the middle with whatever you want, and wrap it up like a burrito! One good thing about soft shells is that they don’t fall apart!

  4. john hutchens says:

    these look great and would be awesome for a party

  5. denise low says:

    I want to try this recipe. Sounds great. Thank you for the information.

  6. wow. This way better and I love it. My taco I made it unhealthy. This taco is so healthy
    Thank you for sharing

  7. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says:

    Oven tacos? I love this idea. Must try it soon.

  8. Joy @ Joy Love Food says:

    We love tacos at my house, these sound so good, and easy too, I will have to give them a try!

  9. love the idea of oven tacos! great for weeknights!

  10. Quick and easy! Great way to feed a crowd!

  11. Debra @ Bowl Me Over says:

    Love baked tacos, they also keep well in the fridge – great recipe!