Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Baked Tacos with Homemade Seasoning

We had the best dinner last night. 

A winning combination from a few ideas I saw on pinterest and we have a new favorite recipe. I don't know about you but this household loves some Mexican food. In fact, we usually make some sort of Mexican dish once a week and have even coined the tradition "Taco Tuesday" because by Tuesday we are up for something really tasty for dinner.

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Make your own taco seasoning! I have been wanting to do this for quite some time now and I regret not doing it sooner. I followed Mel's recipe, which is below....


1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all spices together until well combined. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in your spice cabinet and use as needed.

I quadrupled the recipe and stored the rest in a Tupperware for future use.


3. Brown your ground beef and drain off excess fat. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of taco seasoning and 1/3 cup of water. Simmer for a few minutes after mixing.

4. Assemble your tacos. Stand your hard taco shells upright in a baking dish and fill with ground beef mixture. Top with mexican cheese and bake for 9-11 minutes.

5. We topped ours with diced tomatoes and sour cream. 

I can't say enough how much better the homemade seasoning is than the packet. It is a must!
The next time we want to make these all we need to grab from the store is ground beef and toppings, since we already have our seasoning and leftover taco shells. Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot easier!

What is your favorite Mexican dish? Do tell!


pam {simple details} said...

We share your love for Mexican food, it's the usual choice for Friday night out and a dinner one night during the week! Thanks for the tip ~ I need to use my huge Costco container first. :)

megan said...

So glad these turned out yummy! They've been on my "to-make" list and can't wait to try them!

Hannah said...

I'll have to try this recipe. I make all sorts of Mexican all the time. Normally I buy soft tortillas because I can make wraps and so many other things out of them. I think I need to get some hard taco shells next time.

Melissa said...

those look so yummy!

Amanda said...

YUM!!! Those look so tasty, and I'm definitely going to be making our own seasoning considering how much we make tacos and taco pasta bake. :)

Lobster meets Peach said...

Thank you for sharing! I will have to try your recipe the next time we have taco night.

Anonymous said...

Looks good! Although, I would have to say that chicken tacos and quesadillas are my favourite Mexican dishes.

Laura | Our Life in the Queen City said...

ah! we just had tacos for dinner tonight! i wish i had read your post sooner!

my fave? guac! it's not mexican without guacamole!

Courtney said...

I agree homemade seasoning is the best, and so easy! I haven't baked tacos before--love the idea, they look delicious!